Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ten Minute Stories

Ten minute stories. I came up with this idea as a way of convincing myself to write every day. Similar to telling yourself to go running just for ten minutes, knowing that once you get out there you’ll run a lot more. I like to write. I really do. But like a lot of things I want to do, it always gets squeezed out by daily routines (yuk!) and easier things on the brain like reading, watching TV, or playing the Wii. There’s probably also a little of the uncomfortable feeling that I don’t know what to write and nobody will like it. Even though I’m really writing for myself and my family, there’s still this desire to achieve and be successful, which makes me want everybody who happens to read it to think it’s incredible. But even if I have the skill to write like that (highly doubtful), it means really investing time to think about and perfect what I’m writing, which brings me back to time and my lack thereof. Thus, ten minute stories. That way it’s easier to find the time (although I came up with this idea at least two weeks ago, so you can see it’s really working out for me) and I don’t feel like I have to write a masterpiece. So what will I write about for ten minutes? Probably whatever’s on my mind at the moment. Almost two weeks ago now I was going to right about Brittany’s medi-cation, but I’m just now getting around to writing the first of these so the time’s probably passed on that story. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I’ll write at least one ten minute story a day, rather than this going the way of my other ideas I came up with to try to motivate me to write in being an abject failure.