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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On Writing - Part XI

On Writing


A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them. That is, he does not draw on a reservoir, he engages in an activity.

– William Stafford

Part XI

My day typically begins at about 2:30 in the morning.

I get out of bed, put on my glasses, turn on a lamp, make the bed. I walk through the house turning on lights in the areas where I will soon be doing work, the living room, the dining room, the bathroom, and the kitchen.

I start some coffee. I feed the cat.

I turn on the television, and I power up my computer.

I wash face.

I pour a cup of coffee.

I sit down at my desk. I read the news page, check the weather, look at my bank account, check my inbox.

I write in my journal.

I work on a research project. For this, I read a passage from Scripture, I write a paragraph or two of commentary.

I post to my FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/CollectedWriting/ the daily segment for my 55 word a day science fiction novel: Emergence 2.0, I submit a copy of it to the 55 word “super short fiction” contest.

I work at editing future segments of Emergence 2.0, my editing is about a month ahead of the release. The full release runs for 365 days. Version 1.0 was released on Twitter,  https://twitter.com/JayBotten over the course of 2016, and simultaneously on FaceBook. Each segment was a perfect 140 character grammatically correct tweet.

I work on Emergence 3.0, to be released in 2018. I draft a full page of writing from each 55 word segment of version 2.0, and so the progression will be; from 140 characters, to 55 words, to one full page.

On Saturday every week, I issue a synopsis of the previous seven days of writing. I post those to my blogs at Wordpress https://jaybotten.wordpress.com/ , and Blogger http://www.jaybotten.com/ ,

I work at editing and revising a piece of poetry for release to my Blogs on Tuesday.

I work at drafting an essay for release to my Blogs on Saturday.

I work at drafting a homily for the Gospel reading on Sunday.

When all of that work is done, I work at my long term writing project City of Water and Wild Places, my autobiographical collection of essays in lyric mode, and poetry that captures the story of my life, and my family and the history of Minneapolis.

I spend between 3 and six hours a day at those writing activities.

I have breakfast.

I exercise.

I go to work.

I typically do not read or write after work.


My daily routine is habitual. I rarely deviate from it. 

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