You know that I like to write in airports--it makes me feel clever to take that otherwise lost time and turn it into something useful. Plus, I always feel better when I've spent at least part of my day writing. Well it turns out that some of you are masters at stealing time, too. I was particularly inspired by Tyrean, who keeps a small notebook in her purse in case the line at the grocery store gets too long. It resonated with a video I watched this week from a graduation speech given by David Foster Wallace in 2005, encouraging the graduates to choose how they react to the world around them:
So in honor of that, and inspired by Tyrean, here's this week's writing activity: The next time you find yourself waiting, write. Use pen and paper, and don't worry if you feel like you stick out because you're writing in line at the grocery store, while you're waiting for the dentist, or waiting to pick your kids up from dance class. Just put that pen to paper and write.
If you need a prompt, use this: When she (or he) first stood in that line--two hours of waiting ahead--she had no idea how it would change her life.
Yep, it's cheesy. But in the honor of shitty first drafts, see what you come up with. If you're so inspired, share it with us here and I'll do the same.