100 Days in Detroit

So yesterday after suffering through three pages of gruel, I opened my email. I try not to open my email before I write in the morning. Because if I do, chances are, all I will write is email. And now I have all those Facebook alerts, too. So I write first. Usually. Today I didn’t, out of vanity. I wanted to see if Nina had posted my story about Obama’s first 100 days on the BBC website.

Well she did, so then I had to share the link on Facebook and one thing led to another and I have not yet written today. I am going to do that right after this post. 

Back to yesterday, after writing three awful terrible pages of crippled purple prose, I opened my email. Nina was asking if I could blog. I looked at the clock. I had an hour before I had to get ready for work. Could I do it? Did I have anything to say? And would my writing be smoother than the stuff I’d churned out earlier that morning? Turns out, yes, yes and yes.

So just to say that sometimes better writing follows bad. Hope that holds true as I go into the WIP this morning.

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  1. Hi Cindy,
    I’ve been up north for the week, and am just catching up to blogs and e-mails … will address that issue in your post on that topic. Anyhoo, I enjoyed reading your blog on the “100 days” — and what a cute photo of you and Al. What an interesting project you’re involved in with BCC! Thanks for sharing it with us.


  2. Oops, I thought the part about checking/answering e-mail and Facebook alerts was in another post, but it’s in this one. I wanted to add a comment on that.

    I have a love-hate relationship with cyberspace and all it’s wonders. I love how the Internet connects me to so many wonderful people, and how it brings a wealth of news and ideas to my fingertips … and yet….

    Thanks to e-mail, blogs, Facebook, I don’t accomplish as much real work as I used to when I started writing (before the Internet). I am easily distracted — and “over-connected” in so many ways. I end up spending less time face-to-face with people in my neighborhood (and 3-D friends) because it’s simply easier and faster to send them a quick e-mail or a Facebook update. When I was up north, the managing editor of “Northern Express” wrote a good (and scary) editorial on the dangers of spending too much time on the computer and how we, as a culture, are literally losing touch.

    Balance. I have to learn balance …


  3. Me too, Cindy. Balance is one of those things I never master but have to constantly practice. Still, I love the feeling of connection the internet gives me with people who aren’t just next door or in the next town. FB is so good for staying close (or at least virtually) to the non-writing people in my world. I never have been one much to pick up the phone. It’s in person or online for me.


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