Keeps the doctor away? Well, ok, maybe not…
I honestly wonder how the big bloggers do it. How do they take time out of their day to write thousand word posts once, twice, even three times a day, every day of the week? Do they have other responsibilities, or do they only spend their time blogging away?
I really enjoy writing. Not just fiction, but any kind of writing. I’ve come to a point where writing is becoming second nature, and I only have to sit by a keyboard and type, and what comes out is somewhat readable and entertaining. Sure I still do a lot of reviewing and editing, but I don’t think that’s something that ever goes away.
Writing is a fun hobby, a time passer, and when I’m done writing something, I’m always proud of having produced something. Whether or not someone will read it doesn’t matter, it’s just icing, whereas the pride I feel having produced something is the cake.
Thing is, I work at a job that requires me to use my brain a lot. I’ve spend many an evening or weekend thinking and working from home. Not because I necessarily want to, but because the nature of my job does not allow me to easily disconnect from work, and it’s most difficult to write for one’s self when you still have work on the brain.
When I finally disconnect and have a moment to myself, I have a need to unwind, to let go and cool down a bit. It’s as though my brain’s warning radiator light is on, and my body forces me to cool down before I overheat. So I go through cycles (as we all do) where I work a lot, then disconnect for a while (hopefully on a beautiful sunny beach), then work some more, then disconnect some more.
The problem is that there is no room in such a cycle for me to write for myself because if I need to disconnect, I cannot sit down and produce. Rather, I need to sit back and consume, allowing my consciousness to be entertained while my brain goes on vacation.
Now here’s the interesting part. It used to be that consuming for me was watching video and playing games. Over the past year or two a shift has occured, where I now find that reading, something that used to be mentally draining, now serves to cool me down. I attribute this shift to the fact that I finally got myself an eReader and started reading every day while in transit to and from work (Want to know what I’m reading? Check out my reading page here.).
So what if I can take it a step further? What if, I can write so often that it becomes second nature to me, and instead of being a process by which my brain is producing, it becomes a process by which my conciousness is consuming the words as I write them? I would end up with some kind of internal perpetual producing/consuming, and therefore self-cooling, brain.
So, in an attempt to see if I can reach such a state of writer’s nirvana, I’ve made it a personal goal for myself to write the equivalent of one post per day for the month of April. So far, about half of the month has gone by and I am on track. Hopefully I can keep it up until the end of the month, at which point I will either have become a perpetual writing machine, or bat-shit crazy.
I’m rooting for the former.