I wanted to dedicate time in my schedule for personal writing—activities that build my writing skills—and simply to enjoy the process of writing.
OK, I had the goal. Now how do I build the time into the schedule? What does this activity look like?
Enter my writing coach, Shifrah Devorah Witt. Shifrah Devorah suggested finding a time, place, space, and a ritual.
Whoa…that sounded a bit overwhelming. I think I’ll quit now!
Not so fast. We broke the process down into manageable parts.
- look at my high-energy time of day: morning
- find a time that I won’t be distracted: late morning, by then I’ve completed early morning tasks, checked and responded to emails, and followed up on some network and business activities
- define the amount of time that I can consistently devote: half hour, with the option of going over if I’m on a roll!
- add the time slot to my schedule
- a physical location for the writing practice
- consistent spot that says, Write Here
- the position: sitting on an office chair, comfy couch, bean bag, or rocking chair
- Shifrah Devorah views space differently from place: space is in the mind
- activities that I turn off so I can focus on writing
- turn off the phone ringer, access to emails, don’t answer the door
- engage my senses
- something physical that says, It’s time to write!
- options range from prayer/meditation to smelling a specific scent, or perhaps a steaming mug of my favorite coffee or hot chocolate concoction
Wow! I get to have hot chocolate once a day while I write? I’m in!
And so I began…
- at 11AM
- using my laptop on my drop-down dark wooden desk
- with my phone on silent and email program closed
- a short prayer to write clearly
- and my hot chocolate
♦Interested in a writing coach? Contact Shifrah Devorah via her blog: http://sdwitt.blogspot.com/.