Writing 101: Day Eleven – Writing And Not Writing
Today’s Writing 101, day eleven:
As much as we love to write, it’s important to take breaks — to live your life and have new experiences, and to reflect and recharge so you can come back to your desk, ready to hit the keyboard again. Not writing allows you to gain the distance from your words, and thus perspective, which are both needed when it’s time to edit.
Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice.
— Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Write every day, but don’t put your life on hold . . .
— Vincent Mars, “Writing as a Way of Life“
What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to this dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking?
Today, publish your post in any form you wish, as long as you focus on one or all of these questions.
You have an additional task for the day. Reach out to someone for an interview or collaboration. This person can be a Blogging 101 participant, a blogger on WordPress.com or another platform, or someone else whose work you admire. Need ideas? Here are examples to consider:
- Interviews: Leanne Cole talks to fellow photographers in her Introductions series; Tessa Love publishes Q&As with wanderers at Wander Home.
- Writer/artist partnerships: Shelley Sackier and Robin Gott join forces at Peak Perspective; John Kelly showcases his brother Andrew’s sketches at Mashed Radish.
- Themed submissions: Diahann Reyes at Stories From the Belly invited two of her favorite bloggers to contribute to a post on “baring the female breasts.”
When you think of someone, reach out via their contact page. If they don’t offer a way to contact them on their blog, try on Twitter or Facebook. If it’s not obvious how to contact them, you might have to find an alternative.
For planning purposes, this post is meant to run on Day 19 of our course. We encourage you to start right away, so you have enough lead time to prepare a draft. (We’ll also provide an alternate prompt for those who choose not to participate — but we hope you will!)
When I am writing..
I always do my best that I am in good disposition, whether at work or at home or with my blog blogging. Really?! Yes, vacation and travelling makes the stressful thoughts go away. I have explained briefly in my day six writing 101.
When I am not writing..
“Aside from spending time with my family, friends and having my daytime job.” When I am not writing..
a. I am playing video games, I learn that hobby with my husband (haha!), benefits from it is what I want to get.
- Improved ability to engage in multiple tasks simultaneously,
- increase mental flexibility,
- improved ability in making faster decisions,
- and so much more.
Currently, I am playing Little Big Planet 3 in PS4.
Don’t be deceived by it’s cd cover, easy, adorable but this will make you smart-witted.
b. I am reading what I want to read, usually I read in the web, magazines, books from school, this time I am into novels.
c. I am having my free vacation if I am not travelling, public beach is unrestricted and available for a anyone who wants to unwind from all the demands in the city.
d. And search what is available out there that can keep us on-the-go, whether it is big or small things, I am always on-the-go, release expectations, I let go of my plans and allow the day to unfold naturally.
Remember don’t dream your life, live your dream.