December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)
Well, this prompt seems to assume that all the participants are writers. I may blog but I don’t consider myself a writer per se. And poking around the reverb site revealed I am supposed to write 750 words. The main page doesn’t say that, in fact it includes tweeting and photography as alternatives to blogging. OK so stop explaining away to pad to 750 words (screw that :P) I will modify the question (the FAQs encourage that if you don’t like a topic) so what do I do each day that does NOT contribute to creativity?
Ha. The big answer there would be work. Sure sometimes there’s a little creativity involved in solving problems, but that’s not the creativity I meant 😛 (It’s my blog and my rules!) I mean creativity by CREATING – writing, photography, etc. The only way work contributes to that is with a paycheck, which keeps me alive and able to spend money on camera equipment, and to take trips that fuel my creativity. OK so in a roundabout, haftadoit kinda way it does contribute….
What else. I suppose TV is a big creativity sucker, although there are a few shows that really get my imagination going and THOSE do contribute – say, Dr. Who – even if only for creative daydreams and conversations about time and parallel universes.
I know the point is to try to eliminate a habit or task that doesn’t serve us. But I’m not sure what that would be for me. Heck, I’d love to eliminate cleaning from my life, but yes, it is easier to be creative when there’s more space to work in! Maybe just viewing all these things that seem unrelated in a new light, and how they do contribute to my creativity is something in itself…..
I’m not making it to 750 words today, and I’m ok with that!
Oh! I added SocialVibe to my sidebar on the right. It is a simple plug in provided by WordPress, and people can spend a few minutes being advertised to in exchange for supporting a cause. (There’s lots of great ones, I may rotate them out, but started with Ovarian Cancer Research as that is what my grandmother passed away from.)
Now, I tried it and I admit – this sucks much more than the click a day type ones! I had to watch video clips, I had to upload a picture (I just threw some clip art in there, it didn’t say what the image would be used for), and I didn’t get the “bonus” because I refused to register my email and info with them. I don’t care for the hoops they may jump through, but it is less than 5 minutes. And it is for a good cause. I suppose I’ll see if anyone actually uses it, if not I may remove it later and try to support charity through blogging in other ways. But I won’t hold anything against you if you are as annoyed with the process as I am!