First, for the icky...
For a couple days, I smelled something funky in the living room. The first time I said, "Well, maybe one of the dogs farted" (I have boxers... they fart BAD sometimes). The next time... "well, maybe it's just that nasty low-fat sausage I made for breakfast lingering in the air". A couple days later I found myself moving furniture, convinced I was going to find a rotting mouse. Flustered and out of cubby holes on the ground to check, I realized I hadn't taken my fall decor down. I picked up a pumpkin... PUMPKIN! I moved on to the next one--it was fine. The next... ROTTEN, COLLAPSED, WHITE FUZZY MOLD, LIQUID OOZING OUT THE BOTTOM! Seriously smelled like something died. Note to self: Next year if you buy real pumpkins again and insist on putting them on the entertainment center shelves, put plastic wrap underneath FIRST!
Now, onto the writing exercise!
I met up with a friend of mine (newly reacquainted thanks to Facebook of all things) who happens to have a masters in, get this, CREATIVE WRITING! We met for bagels and did a one hour exercise that helped her through her novel (which she had to turn in for her thesis AND defend--no THANKS!) four years ago.
Here are the rules:
Decide what you're going to work on: editing, organize your chapters, just write forward without going back, etc... (I read through the first 6 chapters of Anemone and wrote out character attributes to organize my character sketches; my friend organized her timeline to find holes)
Set the timer
Just work on that ONE aspect for the WHOLE HOUR
MOVE FORWARD at all times
NO BREAKS (no potty breaks, no drink breaks, no email or social networking--niente!)
Don't stop at a "good stopping point" because you need to be excited to come back to it and make time for the next hour--stop when the timer dings at you! "PENCILS DOWN!"
When you are finished with the hour, take your break and prep to keep going for the next hour, or shut 'er down until the next time you're free to work for an hour straight.
I absolutely LOVED this exercise. It's simple, relatively easy to squeeze in here and there, and you get a LOT accomplished when you don't allow yourself any distractions!
Now set that timer! GO!