Thursday, January 24, 2013
I posted this on my Facebook last night, but thought I would share it here as well:
"I wrote tonight, a whole paragraph. Yes, one paragraph, but I think it's a pretty good one.
When I finished that paragraph, I started thinking about how disappointed I am in myself for not writing more. I'm too easily distracted by video games, tv, the Internet, and my own defeatist attitude.
The realization I came to is that this eerily mirrors my lifelong weight problem. It was always easier to eat what was there and whatever I wanted instead of planning out meals and drinking water. I've finally taken control of that problem through my lifestyle change: an informed, purposeful diet, exercise when possible, and moderation, all of which have already helped me lose 28 lbs. so far.
In response to that revelation, I've decided I'm going to treat writing exactly as if it were my weight-loss plan. I'll make it a priority, take the time, and write little chunks. If I can write just one paragraph at a time, one each day, in a year that's 365 paragraphs, which is a good chunk of a novel or a complete short story collection
Right now, I weigh every Friday morning. To lock in my new "writing diet," from this moment on, every Friday I'll be posting an update on Facebook with both the amount of weight I've lost each week and the number of words written.
I can do this."
I think I'll do that same here on Spark as my status update each Friday.