750 Words to Being Yourself

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Thanks to the nudge by the lovely Julie Jordan Scott, I’ve been using 750words.com to get me going when I’m stuck with my writing lately. It’s been a godsend. What I’ve found most interesting is not how many words I’ve written in three trips to the site (2,458) nor my average WPM (62) nor how many points I have for the month of May (6). What’s most intriguing to me is the glimpse into myself the site captures by logging my most frequently used words.

Day 1. 888 words. 53 WPM. 2 points.

Day 2. 794 words. 63 WPM. 2 points.

Day 3. 776 words. 71 WPM. 2 points.

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What I like about the “Frequently Used” stat is that it’s a glimpse into right now. At least, “right now” while I was writing. See, it’s easy to get all analytical and pretend I’m thinking about [the giant bottle of water I’ve been meaning to drink since 8AM] but really, when I look at the words I used in my 776-888 words, the word “know” showed up in all three. I must be talking about things I know.

Of course, the words “don’t,” “maybe,” and “need” showed up in all three days as well. I can choose to analyze this data and let it run circles around me, or I can see it for what it is.

And what it is is writing. Writing what I know. Writing about the maybe’s and the needs and the knows and the don’ts. It’s writing to get what’s in my head out.

I haven’t gone back to read what I wrote, because that’s not the point of my 750 words. The point is to get unstuck. And the point of getting unstuck isn’t to analyze, it’s to be.

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Julie Daley May.26.2010 at 3.21 pm

It's always so nice to stop by here for a visit and soak me up some Dian…
I'm going to have to check out this site, if both you and the lovely Julie use it.
No matter the words, I always come away from your writing feeling fed and nourished. Thank You. Love You.

Dian Reid May.26.2010 at 8.57 pm

Thank you my dear Julie =)

Would love to know what you think of the site…the more I use it, the more I get out of it. The stats are giving me TONS of ideas for future posts… writer's block, schmiter's block!! haha!

emma May.29.2010 at 1.06 am

What a delightful idea – love this! Thanks for sharing the site info and your experience. Mostly, though, I love the reminder to not analyze but simply to BE. xo

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