I don’t know what I would do without the Round Robin. For me it is a great invention right up there with Post-it Notes, Velcro, ATM’s and on-line banking.
I have been so busy the last couple of weeks with family here and working overtime, but even in the midst of all this activity, where once I might have said “I don’t have time to write,” I am now finding it. Because there is a daily commitment and a partner on the other end, I am somehow finding the 20 minutes to sit down here and write something. That is invaluable. Amazing.
I signed up because I feel I need that kind of structure. It’s enough of one to hold me to the commitment and I look forward to sitting down here each day. I am feeling more comfortable just writing the day’s piece. I always feel better after I sit down and write. Uplifted. Lighter. Satisfied, even if I didn’t think the piece was that great, just doing it seems to shift the energy inside of me.
I am enjoying the feedback and considering working on some of the writes to lengthen them, based on that feedback. My partners have been encouraging and positive and I appreciate it.
It feels good to have this daily rhythm, and I find my resistance has almost disappeared. If it does crop up, it is easily broken through, it seems.
Having this Round Robin is like being a seed and being surrounded by all the right growing conditions. Thank you.
I have to tell you how much FUN I’ve had over the past 4 days with the beginning of the Round Robin session. I knew I’d enjoy it, but honestly, I had no idea. I can’t wait for the week ahead!
“…I’ve been doing the Round Robin writes daily, except for the week I went cross country, when I slacked off and wrote 15,000 words on the journey instead (har har). This says to me that I have more focus than I sometimes think, and that if I could just come up with a project that had as much gratification as these writes, I’d be unstoppable. This doesn’t mean I’ve come up with the project, but it makes the possibility seem greater.
And I really enjoy being in touch with others writing on a daily basis on the same topic. It reminds me of the infinite number of delightful ways there are to say something about anything.”
“. . .This skill building is valuable…it has stimulated my thinking and gets me motivated to improve the sensual aspect of my style. I have enjoyed constructive feedback. It confirms my awareness about my flighty story telling and the lack of tangible details. . .
Thanks for doing this Round Robin, Jane. It is revealing that without an ‘assignment’ or a ‘partner’ my writing gets pushed aside. I have to strengthen my resolve to write for me…and to set up my own priorities and goals. With more time under my belt doing these exercises, I am hoping that ‘muscle (mental)’ memory will kick in….”
One of the most useful things about the Round Robin has been knowing that my partner is there, waiting for my work each day. I know she’s not really sitting around, checking her email obsessively until my write appears, but I feel like I have an obligation to do the work because she’s expecting it. I’ve been surprised how successful that little fiction has been to motivate me!
The short timing of the writes has been immensely helpful, too. You’re right: everyone can find 10 minutes to write every day. If I simply commit to that, I often find myself doing more. It also gives me a great deal of comfort to know that after my writing is done for the day, I don’t have to beat myself up over every moment I don’t spend thinking about writing. I can relax and focus on the other things that need my attention.”