Bet you thought I forgot about you? Nah! Just been busy taking advantage of the dry weather to get some urban farming chores done. Now it’s back to the write life.
This week’s prompt is about carrying a notebook & pen. It doesn’t have to be a leather-bound journal. It can and should be something uber portable — something that fits in your pocket, in your purse, in a side pocket of your knapsack. Same for the pen. No feather plumes, or calligraphy pens necessary. I somehow ended up with a Jay Berry’s Pen and a QFC pen in my purse. Still there. Still using it. Nothing fancy, see? Do not think your digital notebook on your phone, ipod, or tablet is the same. We want old-school paper and pen. Ya dig?
Your job is for the next week, carry this tiny notebook and whatever pen with you and write whenever you are stalled. Stalled on the bus, waiting for the doctor, waiting for the kid after sports, drinking coffee in the morning. Your code words (maybe emboss it on the front of the notebook?) is: Squeeze & Scrawl. Squeeze in some writing time — just a sentence or two. A thought. An idea. A quick Haiku. Anything. Something. Do this every day through next Tuesday’s Workshop and then, let’s talk about it. I’m betting you will fine that you have a ton more words than if you’d not carried that. Five minutes extra a day can net you that many more words, thoughts, ideas, maybe even a whole short story to work for submittal when the week is up.
Email me photos of your notebook and pen, or text them to me, so I can post on our web site. This is just a bonus, just an option, but I’d love to see it and I bet you all might find it inspiring to know that many of your writing colleagues are doing the same.
And now take a moment and RSVP for May 13ths work shop. 6 p.m. North Bend Library Meeting Room. If you’ve already responded, no need to do again. Looking forward to seeing you all at the various cafes or the forthcoming workshop.
Here’s your Writing Zen for the week:
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg
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