Wk 1 Post 1
Write five lines, five times a week, for five weeks. That’s all. That is all I need to do. If I write five lines I am all set, whether they follow a theme or not.
At The Hello Sessions over the weekend, Lisa Congdon spoke on one of my favorite topics, the buzz worthy “passion project”, and how it informs a person’s ability to push beyond his or her usual thinking and creates ways for one to work differently through this side focus. I thought of about four things I’ve wanted to work on for a specific period of time:
- Participating in Snail Mail My Email in November.
- Being able to do a proper headstand and handstand.
- Something else I can’t remember that I guess was not important.
- 5 5 5
For the purposes of informing my public writing practice, I am going with 5, 5, 5. The objective of this exercise is to write five liner posts five times a week for five weeks about anything I want to (which I have always done anyway) and be done with it. They can be bullet points, a paragraph, random disconnected lines, or phrases on a topic. They may all be mine, but they may also be borrowed poems or cited text if I so feel the urge, and if that happens, I will credit appropriately because I have some integrity for goodness sake.
Establishing the habit of posting regularly within a structure, but with plenty of freedom is the point of this exercise. Also, not overthinking is its own reward. I intend to do ‘normal’ posts on top of this project, but to have this project going will give my laptop some love five times a week, and since I am already sitting here, I will (as I am now) likely start writing something more.
So here I go with another series/ project, and let’s see if it serves me well for five weeks. We are on week 1. To me, the online week runs from Monday-Sunday. It is Wednesday. I have four more posts to go until Sunday. I’ve got this. And look at me, I am already well over five lines. If I were a cheater I’d split this baby up into three posts, but then each post would make even less sense than this one all rolled up together!
I would ask you to bear with me, but a part of me is hoping you already love this project idea.