My little Twitter bird.
My little Twitter bird.

Last week, as part of my office’s staff retreat, we had a brief writing workshop. We were told beforehand to bring an object that signifies who we are as a writer for the icebreaker exercise. I knew what to grab right away — my Twitter bird, shown above. Why? Because my first thought was, “I used to be a writer; now I just tweet.”

(In order to not be a total Debbie Downer about my chosen career, which I do, in fact, like, I tempered my statement by also mentioning the upside of being a professional Twitter monkey: I’m ruthless about cutting extra words. You want someone who’ll eliminate the jargon? I’m your girl.)

But anyway…

The months of dormancy here on Ye Olde Blogge make it clear I’m not just imagining that I’m not writing, because if I was, some of it would have made it here. And so, I decided to do something about it — I signed up for an online writing class. Every day for five weeks I’ll be getting exercises and prompts via email designed to get me into (or back into) a daily writing habit, and there’s also a private Facebook group for questions, encouragement, etc.

I’m hoping to explore some things that are a little scary for me, like fiction writing. I worry that I might suck at it, at least initially, but I’m vowing here, in public, to push through.

Please wish me luck.

Oh… and in case you haven’t figured it out, today’s exercise was about accountability.

2 thoughts on “Accountability

  1. the habit of being October 4, 2013 / 10:23 am

    I think Twitter has helped my writing because of the 140 limit – must be short, sweet, to the point!

  2. jennasauber October 6, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Clearly I haven’t been to your blog in awhile if I’m just noticing the template change. I take it you’re feeling a little stuck since your year of writing every day? The writing class sounds like a great idea. When I first came out to California and needed some motivation to write, I used all these great story prompt kits my dad has – I would pull out archetype cards and prop items and plot points and make something of it. It was a great way to just get back into it, kinda like in grade school when we had to just create a short story with a few random thoughts or prompts. WordPress also has a daily prompt, and I signed up for Writer’s Digest emails, they have tons of tips, tricks, classes, and prompts.

Comments are closed.