The discipline of writing

I have been reading a lot of Wil Wheaton recently, mostly because he’s been writing a lot. He’s been making himself write for at least 10 minutes a day, and it seems to be working for him – making him more creative and productive. I find it inspirational(as well as funny and true and good writing), and it has spurred me, once again, into trying to write more regularly on this blog.

It is a strange truism that if you want something done, give it to someone who’s busy. When your day is full, it is easy to accommodate another task or two; when it is empty, you procrastinate, on the basis that you have plenty of time, and will find just the right moment for the task. And of course, you don’t. Time drifts along, and suddenly it’s 16:49 and you wonder ‘Where has my day gone? When I had a job, I would have done 7 hours work by now – I can’t possibly have done 7 hours worth of anything today.’ And you forget that of those 7 hours, by no means all of them used to be dedicated to real-cranking-through-it work, but this does not diminish the fact that once again, you seem to have wasted your day.

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I’m Louise, and I’m a compulsive baker, cookbook hoarder and a bit of a food geek. I learnt to cook at home, and later at Tante Marie’s cooking school in San Francisco. With a science degree and a background in IT analysis, I like to understand why a recipe works, not just how to do it. Why the rules are there and when they can be broken.

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