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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Five Minute Friday - A Discipline

I started the year with a list of disciplines I was going to pursue. When I posted a couple of weeks ago about discipline, I was feeling a bit . . . not frustrated, not discouraged, not upset . . . ambivalent? I was feeling a bit ambivalent about discipline. I was pretty sure I wasn't doing great at the disciplines I was pursuing, and I wasn't sure how much I cared. But I wanted to care.

So that week I went back to review the thoughts I'd had, the disciplines I had embraced this year, and what I found heartened me. I wasn't that far off from where I'd started.

So I picked up a few threads here and there, and re-committed to making good choices and exercising my muscles of self-control.

With one large exception.

I think about the only discipline I've written about on the blog was writing. And, interestingly enough, it's the one discipline I've felt some deep, true reservations about pursuing right now. I've got a lot of irons in the fire, and, for the most part, I feel that the writing is supposed to wait.

At least, the writing of my story. The big, hairy, sort-of-scary writing of a story I've been working on for over 7 years. Intimidating, no? And I truly don't have the creative juices for it. It was more frustrating than enjoyable, and I'm not in the place to write that story right now.

So let's start simpler.

A link that a friend of mine sent to me a month ago has niggled in the back of my mind, a link about taking five minutes one day a week to write. Five minutes, no more, and a prompt is included. You writers out there will know how lovely it is to have a writing prompt. God save us all from staring at the wall and trying to figure out what to write about!

So you'll notice a new badge over there on the right. This is my way of keeping myself accountable. Because if there's a badge on the blog, then it must be real. I'm aiming to spend a few minutes each Friday writing, and--here's the catch--not editing. (But, to be realistic, let's just commit to not over-editing.)

I'm hoping this will be fun. I'm hoping this will get me back in practice. Writing and creating have been scarce around these here parts for a while, and I think I could use some art in my life.

Wish me luck.