You write by sitting down
— Bernard Malamud
Sounds easy enough, but those of us who write know there’s more to it than that. Endless distractions can pull us away from our writing. Then a few days, turn into weeks, months, or more of not writing, and our initial excitement turns to dread.
The only way to break that cycle is to follow Mr. Malamud’s advice:
Sit down and write.
If you have a hard time motivating yourself to do that, join The Silent Writer’s Collective for a Silent Write-In, a weekly online writing retreat that helps writers put aside distractions and write.
By committing to a group effort, (think Weight Watchers or NaNoWriMo) many writers find it’s easier to stay motivated and reach goals. Writing, as we’ve heard ad nauseum, is a solitary endeavor, but sharing our efforts with a group makes it easier, and can help us reach our writing goals.
Our next retreat is tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 17, at 9 PM EST (US), if there’s interest, we’ll also meet at 9 PM PST. We start on time with a minute or two of hellos, then the “buzzer” sounds and we start writing. You can work on your own writing project, or use one of the provided writing prompts or exercises to get started.
We meet via Twitter using the hashtag #SilentWriters. If you aren’t on Twitter, we have a group on Facebook. If you don’t have either, just join in on your own at 9, and know you’re not working out there on your own.
For more information, check out the SWC FAQs.
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I like this, it sounds divine. I haven’t had a break of silence in a month.