A week or so ago Cathy Miller, who among other writing is the creator of A Baby Boomers Second Life, posted an article called Our Obsession with ‘Real Words’.
It’s a fun read, particularly for writers – of which Cathy is certainly a well respected one. She talks briefly about what she calls the ‘Battle of the Words,’ speaking about so called ‘real words’ and word use.
She also included a wonderful video of Anne Curzan, (embedded below) who is a professor at the University of Michigan, author of books on language, member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and co-host of That’s What They Say on Michigan Public Radio. She also has a wonderful sense of humor and doesn’t take herself or her work too seriously.
Both the article and the vid reminds me that the world of writing and language does seem to be divided into two camps: [click to continue…]
Ed Gandia, creator of the truly helpful High-Income Business Writing even if your focus isn’t business writing sent a newsletter that details his morning writing ritual.
It’s extensive and includes a gratitude list, writing morning pages a la Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, followed by a something creative which at the moment is some drawing. Apparently the whole article isn’t (yet?) on the web or I’d link you to it.
As I read through the article I of course recognized some of my own rituals. My morning routine is something like this most weekday mornings:
Up at 5 if not earlier. Make coffee, feed cats. Almost an hours worth of what I call spiritual reading. Twenty minutes of meditation followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation.
After the meditation I spend some time in feeding cats the rest of their breakfast, unlocking some doors around the center, then at around 7 I’m at the computer either with reheated coffee or green tea.
As some of you know I now begin my writing day with my 5 minute writing projects. I’ve been having trouble with one of those projects and I plan today or tomorrow to take some time and see if I can figure out why it’s snarled. Plus, this morning although I did my meditations and door unlocking, and the first of the five minute projects (which really took 18) I’ve blown my day all to pieces. More about that in a minute.
Why writing rituals work
Ed lists several reasons why his ritual works so well for him. The one I resonate most with is his statement, “Morning pages exercise helps me get rid of all the “head trash” and all the noise in my head.” I recognize head trash and meditation has helped me calm that monkey mind. [click to continue…]