This time last week I was very excitedly making sure everything was in place ready for the launch of our ‘What I’m Writing’ linky. Last Tuesday the linky went live here for the very first time and my co-host Chrissie and I were thrilled with the response! We had lots of interesting linkers with some very thought-provoking posts. I loved reading all of them and look forward to reading (hopefully) many more in the weeks to come. Thank you all so much!
And I’d like to add an extra-special big thanks to Chrissie who not only did lots of work behind the scenes to enable us to go live last week, but also let me launch the linky on my blog. She willingly let me have all the excitement and fun of hosting the very first #WhatImWriting right here – how awesome is that?!
On that note, this week it’s Chrissie’s turn to host so if you’re looking to link up please head over to Muddled Manuscript. I’ll be linking this post up too and will be over later to read and comment on your posts.
So, this time last week I set myself a writing challenge… which was not to set myself any writing challenges at all. I’ve been really used to pushing myself along by setting goals and targets and was interested to see what would happen if I took the pressure off. A week of loafing it was to be!
The above quote was one I had stuck to my bedroom door at university. Loafing is something I have always valued and not just because of how good it feels to pour a glass of wine, put my feet up and watch some telly. I think loafing is important to all of us: It can re-charge our batteries and re-set our creativity. It gives our brains time to think about nothing… and into that nothing can pop ideas. So actually I don’t think it’s possible to really ‘loaf and lose’, not in the long run anyway.
But in the short run? Well, I have to admit, this week has not been my most productive in the creative department. I’ll re-phrase that. This week has been almost entirely UN-productive. I certainly haven’t written any more of my novel and have barely blogged. BUT in other ways well… I went away for the weekend to visit my parents and my grandparents, took my sons to a family fun day, caught up with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in a while, had a night at the pub with some other close friends, finished making a photo book for my sons (which they will love) about our recent trip to Legoland, cleared out a huge box of crap (not literal crap – papers, drawings and bits and bobs) that had been sitting in our kitchen getting on my nerves for months and watched the last two episodes of season four of Breaking Bad. And those are just the highlights.
It was great! Obviously some of those – like the weekend away and the fun day – would have happened regardless of my loafing-challenge but it was lovely to be able to enjoy them without feeling the slightest bit of pressure. One of the best things about this week was feeling able to focus on other things without that niggling voice in the back of my head saying “You should be writing, you’ll never get to x number of words if you carry on like this!”
And now? Well today I woke up raring to go! I’ve been working on some guinea pig limericks for a project I’ve agreed to be part of and am really keen to get back into my novel as soon as I get the chance. So I feel like the loafing was very productive in all sorts of ways. So much so, that I’ve decided I’m going to have one week a month like that from now on. Not a week of no writing (the horror!) but a week where I put myself under no pressure. It’s even possible I might write a lot during some of those weeks or differently during those weeks just because the pressure is off. Basically I think my experiment has too much potential not to repeat *whispers* and I want to watch some more telly.
But no more loafing this month, so my challenge to myself for the rest of September is to write 5000 words of my novel, a limerick challenge and a piece of flash fiction. At least. Hopefully by next week I’ll have some writing to report back on!