First of all, though…
You are writing on Saturdays, right?
If you’re not, you’re not serious about your dream. Stephen King writes seven days a week. We write six days a week.
You may say: but Saturdays are for fun. My reply: writing isn’t fun? Then why do you want to be a writer?
You could claim: the kids aren’t in school on Saturday and I have to watch them all day. My reply: write before they get up. Write during their nap times.
You might protest: I play tennis on Saturday. My reply: so what? Hemingway was the biggest writer/sportsman of all time. He went hunting, fishing, skiing, and watched a lot of bullfights and somehow still had time to write. He was also a consummate drinker and socialite. You have no excuse. Go do your work.
Okay, back to breaking rules.
On Thursday I wrote a post called Why Practice where I touted the benefits of the kind of focused practice we do at the Write Practice. It’s good and you should read it.
But today we don’t want to be good, we want to be bad.
PRACTICE… But NOT
Today, don’t practice. Today, don’t even work on the novel you’ve been writing on and off for the last couple of years or the short story you just can’t finish or the screenplay you’re working on with a friend.
Instead, write something absolutely new, something you’ve never done before.
Do you usually write fiction? Write poetry.
Do you usually do nonfiction? Write a short story.
Do you usually write for the silver screen? Write memoir.
Because you can get stuck writing in one genre with one part of your brain with the same skills you’ve been working on forever. Sometimes if you learn something new, if you try something you’ve never done before, you become a better writer as a whole.