…woven into the warp and woof of my life. Ruchama, I loved that line.
I find that writing challenges often reveal things that don’t work for us as well as things that do. For instance, when I wrote daily for over a year, I was very productive, but that wonderful productivity soured into an obsession after a certain point. I learned that I can do several months of chaining, but when I start to feel that obsession creeping in, it’s time to take a break. If writing on the weekend doesn’t work for you, then “chain” your weekdays together! I’m all for swimming with the current rather than against it.
I’m curious how your productivity will be affected now that you’ve discovered an exercise that has reignited your passion for writing for its own sake. You might find you write more in those four days you set aside for writing than you did when trying to force yourself to write all seven! Can’t wait to hear back from you.
I did not meet my goal to write on Friday before starting Shabbat preparation or on Saturday night after Shabbat was over. I have never written on those days and times. I see now that it was a mistake to try to change a pattern that is woven into the warp and woof of my life. I’m back to not committing to writing on Friday or Saturdays, even when Shabbat hasn’t begun or is over.
I learned something else. Sunday night I felt myself resisting writing. So rather than open up my work in progress, I assigned myself a couple of exercises from Ursula Quin’s book on writing, Steering the Craft. The exercises focused on writing for the pure pleasure of creating and enjoying beautiful prose. The time just flew by. I spent almost and hour writing and re-writing and enjoyed every second of it. I didn’t have to please anyone but myself, or fit what I had created into my work in progress. Doing these exercises reminded how much I love writing for its own sake. So from now on I am going to start every writing session with a warming up exercise solely to experience pure joy of writing.