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Today I'm combining my ROW80 check-in with a new series on writing exercises.
I'm challenging myself to come up with new and exciting writing exercises for you each Wednesday, to keep you motivated and thinking like a writer.
So, today's exercise is based on the theme of 'mindfulness'.
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it:
Download one of the mindfulness bell apps (such as Mindfulness Bell for Android (free) or Lotus Bud Mindfulness for Apple (free)) and set it to randomly chime throughout the day.
Wherever you are, when you hear that chime you need to do one of two things:
1. If you can, pull out a pen and paper or open a blank word document and quickly describe your surroundings through the eyes of someone else. It could be a five year old that has come to sit at Daddy's desk for 'Bring Your Daughter To Work Day', or even an 80 year old who has come back to visit and is thinking how different it is to when they used to work there.
2. If you can't physically write it down, at least try to capture in words some of the key points.
The aim is to a) get you looking at your surroundings like a writer, and b) start thinking in words, and how to choose the right words to describe things.
If you can, do it for at least one day a week. (The bell rings numerous times throughout the day, you need to do it each time it rings).
ROW 80 goals:
My goal was just to relax after the book launch, which I have sort of done.
Well, sort of. I spent a lot of time thinking about where I'm going next, and how I can develop and do it all better.
As this is almost the end of this round of ROW80, I think it's a great time to evaluate how the round has gone, and where I can go next!
As mentioned in my last post, I'm going to experiment with a slightly new direction, with a focus on developing the skills of the writing industry, on top of those of actually being able to write, which is quite exciting.
So, keep reading for great content, new designs, and information on how to be the best possible writer you can be!