The past eight weeks I’ve dedicated about half an hour a day, six days a week to Tim Clare‘s Couch to 80k Writer’s Boot Camp podcast, and I loved it. Tim is an English writer and performer, and he produced this podcast, for free!
He is a great guy, and I’ve learnt a great deal from him over the past two months. He’s been the muse whispering in my ear, encouraging and supporting me to get back into a writing habit. He’s given me the space to let go of my inner critic and write. Just write. What freedom.
The series leads in slowly, and I have to admit I put it aside more than once, thinking I didn’t need it, it was just another form of procrastination, and if I was going to be serious about my writing, I should just write. While there is a rather large kernel of truth to that, I found that getting back into the habit of writing harder than expected. I lacked confidence in myself, I wasn’t focussed and I let myself faff around on googling and Facebook far too much.
Since doing this project, I’ve refocussed, rededicated myself to specific writing times and feel suitably supported and encouraged to get to it. I’ve also found a few new tools to stash in my toolbelt to help with the process.
I should also mention that this is an adult-centric podcast and not always safe-for-work. It can be explicit, but so can I and I found it refreshing to listen to someone talk as exuberantly as I do, neither aggressive nor sugar-coated.
I highly recommend giving it a try.