V started the process rolling with his open, searingly honest blog post about the evolution of a story. I read it twice, commented on it and enjoyed a short dialogue with him about writing, blogging, and how each of us must find our own creative process.
Today, I leave for travels to places far away and unfamiliar. I’m so excited that I’ve packed loads of pens and my favorite Moleskine notebooks as well as stocked my e-reader with enticing, marvelous stories and nonfiction.
What I am not bringing is my computer. My beloved workmate is remaining home, on our desk. She recognizes that I must go off-line for awhile, to roam, to discover, to savor the pleasures of the physical world, confident that I will return renewed, refreshed, full of energy and terrific ideas to share.
Daily blogs will still appear — through the magic and marvels of modern technology and the suggestions of writers such as Anna Sabino and V himself about working on a story before posting, about letting it marinate and then finishing it with fresh eyes and rested mind.
I prepared a batch of blogs yesterday morning. They flowed out fast, easily, and on a variety of subjects that I started to percolate the previous night. With the scheduling feature, I lined them up for daily reveals.
Last night, reading Chris Bailey’s remarkable The Productivity Project, I learned why this worked for me: chunking my writing of blog posts meant that I was sharp, focused, and got a ton of work done efficiently and effectively. I’m surprised, to tell the truth. None of the blogs overlap or interfere with one another, nor do they leach energy or hog attention or otherwise misbehave.
Here is a shoutout to Vico Biscotti: Thank you for sharing the way that you write in a way that encouraged me to consider my own way. I am inspired to try some different approaches and to keep on going with experimentation, evaluation, and development. I am braver for your having shared your hard-won insight — and curious to see what comes next.