So, in my first two blog postings I seem to have been on this kick about journaling, which is something that is a good things to do and comes highly recommended, but also something I have a lot of trouble doing with any regularity or consistency.
The point to it all, or at least my concern is that by not keeping a steady journal I am letting my writing chops flag a little. Ghost writing nonfiction books is something that I like to do very much, but the problem is that it is always so much work compressed into a short time span so it feels as if I don't have the time to do anything other than work on the book. And then at the end of the day I am so tired of sitting in front of the computer that I just want to relax with kids and wife and spend my time watching a little TV with a good crossword puzzle.
The writing exercise that I have hit on that seems to be helping me keep it together and has at least a little bit of promise of keeping me going on a regular basis is to sit down with a blank journal (real pen and paper, not the computer) and write short little fiction pieces, sketches really in the same way that an artist would work on technique by sketching (fancy doodling). So I create a character and write a few paragraphs. Or I create a situation and do a few paragraphs. Or create a scene. Or describe someone doing some simple thing such as eating soup or what they look like while working on a computer. The idea is to get interested in doing something that doesn't take a ton of concentration and that is easy to do even while watching TV or drifting in and out of a conversation or what have you. I suppose this equates to a crossword puzzle replacement.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.