Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Discipline and Something New

i was wondering whether to get up at 4am, as the alarm sounded.

nothing substantial to do with chapter 2. been so busy at work no time left, even to go to mall, and have the whole chapter printed. i need a printout. i don't have a printout. might as well not work --- and just sleep.  it's too cold --- it's soooooo nice to sleep...

then the red light in my mind blinked. no vitti. if you commit 2 hours everyday, you do 2 hours. even if it means reading an article, reviewing Jane's comments beside your own, working on your biblio, working on sections that don't need major revisions etc. etc. so i got out of bed, got the usual serving of hot water and sat on the same spot in this dark brown dining table with the sunflower deco vase looking at me.

i did well. read development effectiveness again for the nth time - and now i doubt whether to use it in my thesis as a framework. on the side, jotting down mental notes on how to approach the livelihood project at work.  and the in fresh white page, opened the 5th revision and saved a 6th revision, with the intro page highlighted all in dim blue which means 'no touch', yet.  it's a start.

so there's a big difference. if i slept on, i wouldn't have done all the above stuff. i wouldn't have set a direction, and another way of approaching the chapter. a bonus is i got to think about work and as a technique, any mental note i took down so i won't forget these usually random thoughts that spell 'Eureka!'

No comments: