“I will write some words, somewhere, every day for the next year”
“I will consider any plotting, outlining, brainstorming, or other “writerly”
activities as writing, so long as it produces something that can be written
I don’t see anything in there excluding tech writing (I am so retroactively smart). Did I have to think very carefully about what I was writing, including content, delivery, voice, and arrangement? Hell, yes. Therefore, I wrote.
In the spirit of, um, still making it up as I go along, I’m not going to post the total in my word count (though at a guess, it was somewhere around 3500 words). I am, however, going to allow myself to increment my consecutive day count. It’s an executive decision based on a rule that I made up for my own amusement anyway.
I think we all carry around these little rules in our heads. Some of them are just because they’re habits. Consider: I have a very specific way of eating a plain sandwich. If I get a sandwich that’s not cut in half, I rotate the bread so that the “rounded” side is up, then I take a bite from the upper left corner, followed by a bite from the upper right corner. Then, I eat across the remainder of the top. After I’ve eaten the top of the sandwich, I rotate the sandwich clockwise, so that the previously left side is now up. I eat down that side in rows until the sandwich is gone.
No, really, I’ve studied myself doing it. I can’t figure out why, exactly, I hold this rule as to how a sandwich is eaten. My best guess is that it keeps me from getting mayo or other condiments on my cheeks or the corners of my lips. But there it is. I have a rule about eating a sandwich.
Something less esoteric? Okay, there’s a “rule” that you match the color of your wine to the color of your meat. Red wine with red meat, white wine with poultry and seafood, and blush for particularly light meals. When you work in certain restaurants, they teach you this rule, so that should a patron dare to display ignorance and ask you what wine they should order, you can suggest the appropriate pairing. The first time someone orders a steak with a white wine (particularly a light and fruity white wine), the server’s natural tendency is to ask them if that’s really what they want. Politeness generally makes the server just smile and jot down the customer’s preference, but it throws you. That’s not your rule.
So we’re all carrying around these little rules in our heads, and then we come across someone that doesn’t follow them. Someone who eats down through the middle of their sandwich. Someone who orders a robust red with a chilled pasta salad. Someone who thinks god is a girl. Someone who thinks an SUV is an appropriate car for a “compact” parking space. Someone who walks down the left side of the hallway. It’s a shock. And I think how we deal with it says a lot about how our internal meters are set. There are some things I shrug off. And there are some things – like walking down the “wrong” side of the hallway – that just make me jittery.
Any road. There you have it. We make executive decisions every day, all day. And so does everyone else.
I think I can tie this in to writing. Not grammar rules – I’m not interested in those. But each character is carrying around this matched luggage set full of Rules. And who they are depends on how they handle it when someone else’s Rules clash with theirs.
Also on the writing front, the Muse and I are nearly to speaking terms. We’re going very softly and slowly, she and I. But I noticed today that I’m not avoiding my writing blogs/boards/feeds anymore. And we’ve started asking questions about the Sun project.
What is it about sun/sand that has me interested? How does that relate to sigil magic (the real meaning behind my fixation with Kabbalah)? Maybe there’re some things that can only be done when the light of a specific phases of sun strikes it? Maybe there are people, religions, conflicts, themes embodied in those phases of sun? What are the rules that “everyone” knows? What are the rules that are enforced publicly – and what are the rules that my as yet unknown characters hold in their minds?
Consecutive days of writing: 007
Longest previous streak: 004
Word count since 4/30/09: 3819