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May 31, 2019 09:04:05

Fire Writing

by @brianball PATRON | 203 words | 391💌

Brian Ball

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Here's a trick!


Put a pan on the gas stove and light the fire. Then, sit down to write at 200 words a day.

How many words can you get out before the smoke alarm goes off?

It's unlikely you'll be burdened thinking you should spend time doing research while the stove is turning your cast-iron skillet into a molten ember.


Self talk ensues:

"What's the point? Aren't you just trying to get some breakfast on? You've already written today? Why are you doing this?"


Alas, you continue. You've really got the fire on now and you're worried about what will happen. Will you start an actual fire? Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Is this the smart, adult thing to do?


Clearly you have concerns. Your questions will go unanswered as you race to finish. The green light is only 60 words away and the house isn't on fire yet.

The goal: breakfast.


Eggs + toast and some maple syrup. Today, waking up, thinking about life and work and gray weather in San Francisco, I felt a little bored. This might just be the impetus I need to get going. I'll write. I'll set some fires. I'll get myself into action one way or another.

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    @brianball ooh great trick! Nothing like fire to motivate. Good one there

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 01, 2019 21:41:51
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    @brianball this is great! too bad I've already fixed my dinner :b

    PhilH avatar PhilH | May 31, 2019 21:09:10
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    @brianball Toss some bacon in the pan and now yer talkin' 🔥

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 31, 2019 12:23:57
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    @brianball You like to live life dangerously.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 31, 2019 18:21:59
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      @brianball @basilesamel - I second that assessment.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 31, 2019 13:58:32
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      @basilesamel @keni - in 2nd grade, I taught some friends how to light matches on our zippers. -- 2 days later, I taught the whole school that I had mastered the craft by setting a field on fire. -- now, I just light fires for the potential story value ;-)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 31, 2019 11:28:23
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      @brianball lmao :'D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 31, 2019 20:44:37
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