The writing over the long weekend wasn't that good. Here is what happened:
1st Writing Session – 25/01 (Sun) PM
As usual I started off doing a 10 mins free writing, which is basically about writing down whatever comes to the mind. Then I read through the story ideas list, which included plot sketches and / or character sketches, from last 4-weeks to see which one grabbed my imagination. And you know what? Halfway through, I dozed off!
2nd Writing Session – 26/01 (Mon) PM
This time I changed tactics. Instead of doing the 10 mins free writing, I walked in circles and zigzags at the backyard and contemplated on the (above mentioned) story ideas list to see what came to mind. The result was overwhelming! They all screamed for my attention. I began to write a few words for one and jot down notes for another. By the end of the session (about 3 hours), all I had was scribbles which pulled the stories in various directions.
3rd Writing Session – 27/01 (Tue) PM
The bitter taste of the last two sessions were so threatening that I refused to be near my laptop. I stared at it from afar. I thought of it when I was walking the dog. I cursed it with my mouth full of noodles. But then when the time came, I sat down in front of it and went for one of the story ideas. Voila! I stayed with it for 2 hours and generated a workable plot. Now that I'm writing this entry, I realise what happened was the first two sessions actually served as warm up after I was away from writing for a week.
The crucial matter is for me to find out what are my best warm-up activities. I need to pay attention to that crack, which exist between full-on-worry to sit-down-writing. That crack where I become less self-conscious and able to engage with the writing confidence.