Shifting Responsibility, but Nicely

writing in the journal
writing in the journal (Photo credit: redcargurl)

Over the weekend, I had an epiphany.

If I’m going to write anything longer than a blog post–such as a novel–I have to do three things:

  1. Sleep–before midnight as well as after
  2. Eat–no refined carbohydrates, no grains, no sweeteners, no processed foods, no added salt…
  3. Exercise–as in MOVE. I didn’t buy that stationary bike just so Ernest would have a new chew toy.

And since it’s already 11:23 p.m., and I set a goal of an 11:30 p.m. computer shutdown, I don’t have time to write about the Stories from the Heart 2012 conference I attended over the weekend.

However, several other bloggers have written about it:

Linda Hoye at A Slice of Life Writing. Linda has just received the printed copy of her memoir, Two Hearts.

Pat Bean at Pat Bean’s Blog. A retired journalist, Pat spends several months out of the year on the road in her RV, blogging as she goes.

Amber Lea Starfire at Writing Through Life. Amber is a writer and teacher who focuses on telling lifestories through journaling, memoir, and art.

I hope you’ll check out what they have to say.

I would tell you more–both the blogs and the bloggers are much more interesting than my vanilla descriptions imply–but I’ve already run several minutes over my deadline, and I still have to add links.

After that, I head upstairs to work on Goal #1.


Image by redcargurl via Flickr.

13 thoughts on “Shifting Responsibility, but Nicely

  1. I like your “rules” for writing. I need to be following them! I will note, though, that when I was younger (in my early thirties), I stayed up ’til 2 or 3 in the morning writing. The night was when I got the most writing done.


    1. My best writing time is the middle of the night, too. But my body has been protesting, so my brain will just have to deal with writing during the day. After it stops rebelling at the new rules.

      Thanks, Helen, for dropping by and for commenting.


  2. It will really help if you do those things mentioned. I walk about an hour a day (very briskly) and eat no processed foods (every blue moon, I cheat and will later feel miserable physically and mentally), so you can do this. Very hard to find no sodium snacks where I am, so it’s a lotta fruit. You know, snacks are helpful when writing. 🙂


    1. I’ve been alternately on and off the wagon for months, and on is soooooo much better. My default snack is bananas–they’re portable and have built-in handles. If I could carry watermelon in my purse, I would be so happy. I used to eat peanut butter while writing. Not a good idea.

      Thanks for saying I can do it. Knowing you’re on the same journey helps me no end.


    1. Thanks, Kate. I’ve found “vanilla” a versatile word. For someone who doesn’t cook, I use it a lot.

      Re: the new regime: I’ll take that luck. Thank you.


  3. Why is it hard to do what seems to be the obvious? I also don’t get enough sleep, mostly because I stay up to read. This has a negative effect on how much thinking and focusing I can do the next day, not a pretty thing…


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