A JOURNALIST is to spend a month not writing features about giving things up for a fixed period of time.
Freelance writer Tom Booker took up the challenge after running out of ideas for things he could give up in order to write articles about it.
Booker said: Last month I gave up using my car for a bit, which got me in the Guardian and was a piece of piss because I work from home and live near a tube station.
At various times Ive given up meat, TV, iPods, social networking sites and credit cards, so I was really struggling to think of something new.
“Also I got busted by an editor for recycling an old one about quitting coffee where I just did a ‘find-replace’ and changed it to being about sex.
“Then it struck me why not give up writing all these articles? Just for a month, as an interesting experiment.
“Then in the resulting Sunday supplement feature I can conclude that the experience was rewarding but ultimately unsustainable.”
Booker added: “The hardest part will be finding something else to do for those 30 days. I might have to temporarily get a proper job.
“Maybe something real and meaningful like writing top ten abdominal muscle development tips for Men’s Health magazine.”