Word Yoga

Today I came across the zoetrope bio of writer Kris Broughton where he gives some advice. What caught my attention was:
GLUE YOUR BEHIND TO YOUR CHAIR EVERYDAY.
Your ass will spread. The faster you write, the less your ass will grow. Write a few words. Reread your stuff. Write a few more words. Reread your stuff. Visualize Pulitzer. Reread your stuff. Write a few more words.
In one of the class handouts called Discipline and Inspiration ?, Keith Abbott writes:
Minimal practice for Writers: When I used a typerwriter, I called it typewriter yoga. That was where I sat in front of the machine for X number of minutes. Nothing could happen. That was agreed on. That was okay. It bred discipline in me, because I got bored with doing nothing and soon would be writing. Badly or not, it didn’t matter. ?
This is what I need to hear. And it is what I want to develop in myself. Writing, everyday, writing.
I started today. For thirty minutes I sat in front of the computer with MS Word open. For a while I just stared at the blank screen. I filled it with words and then deleted them. I stared again. I wrote more. I took out a copy of The Sun and used the front cover as inspiration, describing the scene from several different POVs, trying to imagine what different people would notice about the picture. For thirty minutes I sat in front of the computer with only MS Word open. Word Yoga.
My intention: 30 minutes of Word Yoga every afternoon.

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