Let's Write Together, Redux
Firstly, thank you to everyone for such a huge response. Instead of replying in the comments, I thought I should follow up on the original post and clarify an important point being brought up, specifically:
12 hours? Are you !#*$!* kidding me?
I should have realized that talking about a 12 hour writing session needed to be qualified often, and in bold. I should have realized this, because my original reaction was similar to yours.
So, a couple of clarifications that are included in the book which I neglected to mention:
1. There is no requirement for the session to be 12 hours. The only people watching how much time you spend writing is you and the NSA. The idea is to stretch yourself and try to do what you can, and when you start feeling that you can’t eek out another word, take a walk and then get back to it for another 30 minutes. It’s surprising just how much we’re capable of when we break the mental barriers and get our second wind.
Why did the authors suggest 12 hours? I think it’s because after that amount of time, the brain just peters out. It refuses to generate anything. It needs more input. And it’s also likely that by that point, your family is plotting to sneak up on you with a chloroform-soaked rag and pull you away.
2. The 12 hour session does not mean sitting at your desk/coffee shop/toilet for 12 hours straight. You need to eat. You need to take a walk. You need to don your ninja suit and assassinate Kim Jong-Un (okay, maybe that’s only one of us). It’s just plain unhealthy to sit in the same spot for 12 hours and those breaks will help generate more ideas.
In the end, if you wind up spending one hour on writing and get pulled away because you really, really have to take care of something else, it’s okay. You did what you could and hopefully generated more content than you would have with your usual sessions.
I hope this clarified things and encouraged a few more of you to give this a go with me. Maybe it’s a better idea to let everyone choose their own day, and we just set a time and date to share the material?
Let me know your thoughts!