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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Clockwork

Well now, it has been quite some time since I've made an entry here, and I'm just getting this in before the February wrap up. I have been, and continue to, write every single day. I've been doing so ever since mid January when I discovered a little tidbit about the "Martini Method" adopted by Anthony Burgess of A Clockwork Orange fame. The idea is simple, write one thousand words per day, and then reward yourself. Since I came across that, I have been doing just that, writing no less than one thousand words per day, and sometimes exceeding it. I've also taken the liberty to modify it somewhat to fit my own best needs. During the week I write the story that I began with NaNoWriMo, but the weekends I leave to myself to free write some other things that are in the back of my mind. Thus far the results have been nothing short of miraculous. I am writing more now than I ever have in my life, and it feels wonderful. So to anyone struggling with writing, I suggest the Martini Method.

Now I'm also attempting something new this week. For some time I've been thinking I watch too much TV, movies, DVDs, what have you. Mostly this has come as a revelation that I haven't been reading as many books as I used to. So I'm going to try the radical approach and not watch anything for an entire week. Starting today and ending on March 2nd, I will be free from the infernal box. Nor will I cheat by using my computer to watch anything streaming or even an entertaining youtube clip. It's cold turkey for me, and I hope that the lack of mediocre stimulation will force me to search out better things, or even create better. So let the grand experiment begin, and I'll report, hopefully, periodically or by week's end at the latest.

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