Let’s Write Every Day

Nulla dies sine linea.

I want to try something this semester. I have changed my morning routine so that I’m usually in the office by 7:00 AM. (This is mainly a result of restlessness brought on by intermittent fasting. It’s not that the hunger is making me restless, on the contrary, but rather that, after getting up at 6:00, as is my wont, and not having a breakfast to eat, I feel like I may as well just get out the door and take my morning coffee at work, a short walk away.) So here’s my idea: I’m going to write a little every morning and post the result. I will not promise to take a full moment, nor to write a proper paragraph, but I will compose a few lines of prose about what I happen to have on my mind. I will try to keep things light and breezy but perhaps the paragraphs will have a cumulative effect and add up to something around the middle of October, when I will be taking a one-week break. This is something I recommended just yesterday to a student who has a report due early next year. “Don’t put off the writing hoping ‘go deep’ later,” I said. “Writing is inexorably superficial. Begin to construct the surface of your text now.” I’m going to see what happens when I take my own advice.

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