Sunday, May 29, 2011

ROW80 Check-In 5-29-11 and Journaling...Goodbye

Still doing great on the daily journaling.  The One-Minute Writer has really helped me be accountable to my journaling.  Friday was the Friday Fiction prompt and I thought I wrote a particularly creative one. You can check it our HERE.

One of my daily goals is to read books on the craft within my 1 to 1 1/2 hours time frame.  I received a new writing book from BookMooch, Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Lusser Rico.  I can't wait to dig into this one.  I think it will help me to overcome my insecurities.  Here is the book description from Goodreads:

For those who yearn to write but falter at the sight of a blank page, the unique, student-proven techniques in Writing the Natural Way will help unlock natural writing style and storytelling abilities. First published in 1983, this popular classic has been revised with five completely new chapters and a wealth of field-tested exercises.

Since 1973, Dr. Gabriele Rico has pioneered a dramatically different approach to writing that releases creative potential by tapping a rarely accessed part of the brain. Writing easily, meaningfully, and spontaneously is a simple matter of flowing with, rather than resisting, the mind's natural cooperative rhythms. By abolishing formal rules and quelling the painful inner critic, Writing the Natural Way helps writers of all levels acquire the spontaneity and ease of uninhibited self-expression.

Regarding summer and the kids being out of school, I'm hoping my husband will help pick up some slack.  He works afternoons so he is home during the day.  I will probably leave a couple or few days a week and go to the library where I won't be bothered.  Ahhhh, bliss!


1 to 1.5 hours daily:
--researching WIP
--reading books on the craft, even if only one page
--journal daily

I moved to Nashville in 1991 and my mom still lived in Michigan.  She would come visit me once or twice a year and I would visit her at least once a year, but every time we had to say goodbye, it was the hardest thing.  I'm really close with my mom...she's my best friend.  In 2002, I was lucky enough to have Mom move here to Nashville and now we don't have to say painful goodbyes anymore.

Take a look at other ROW80 participants' progress HERE.


  1. Your goals look great! I need to read more books about the craft of writing. These sound good. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I'm writing a post, right now, about my favorite Creative Process Books for writers, and "Writing the Natural Way" by Gabrielle Rico is one of my favorites. I first read the book over 20 years ago, and her clustering techniques have been an important part of my writing and journaling ever since. Even though I now use mind mapping software most of the time, I still use the clustering techniques she taught me often. I hope you enjoy the book! Julie

  3. Thanks Julie! That's encouraging to know. I can't wait to get started using the techniques!


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