Thursday, June 25, 2009

300 Words--inspired by Anne Lamott

random picture from April's self-portrait session

I just finished reading Anne Lamott's book titled "Bird by Bird"--thoughts on writing and life. Loved it. Really got a lot out of it. In it, she recommends that people who want to be writers need to write at least 300 words a day. For practice, for creating the habit, for improving their skill, and so on. I am intrigued by this idea and want to use my blog for some of that writing practice. I wish there was a word counter here! I'll have to use Microsoft Word and do some cut-n-paste finagling instead. Either way, I've been thinking about possible 300 word topics--I hope to have the first 300 word "essay" up later this week.

40/40: I've read two of the 5 non-fiction books (the above mentioned "Bird by Bird" and the new "Peaks and Valleys" by the guy who wrote "who moved my cheese"--his name escapes me at the moment). I'm on Goodreads if anyone wants to follow along with my reading. I read a lot, so there's a lot to discuss there! I've also seen the dentist and my nurse-practioner for my checkups. I hadn't been to the dentist in years so it was good to go and get that up-to-date. The beach was so much fun last week that our plan is to go as a family this friday and just hang out at the beach. I have to say that having this list is good for focusing my attentions. I've been enjoying it overall. I hope it's not boring for you!

Thanks for coming along for the ride! Don't forget to sign up for Jessica Sprague's free class. There are all kinds of neat daily freebies going on this week--I didn't realize it and already missed two of them--don't let that happen to you!


Ali said...

Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I also loved Bird by Bird. Ever since I read it in February, I have also been trying to write 300 words a day.

I thought you might be interested in this post I just read at because there's a list of links to free word counters.

Cheers, :)


jillconyers said...

i have a friend that aspires to be a writer. i'm going to recommend Bird by Bird to her.

I'm looking forward to JS's class :)

Janet said...

I can't wait to read your essay. Also, I love your windscreen that you made! I love going to the beach. I miss it very much!

Anonymous said...

hey stranger!
i was roaming around looking at blogs and i found yours when looking for photography and was surorised to ssee yours, i know it has been a long time but stilled thought i would leave you a hello none the less.

(the ex wife of the army recruiter you met in albany years ago)

Alison said...

I will have to check out that book... sounds interesting. I would like to improve my writing as well.

Thanks for the tip, friend!