I have been failing miserably at writing everyday. Sometimes I only get 200 words, and today I didn't get any at all... I did, however, update my Looking Back series in my Phlog. I feel somewhat productive, but I need to get some writing in. I've thought a lot about the story I'm working on. I'm excited to find out where the story will lead me, but for the moment, I am failing at my resolution. Tomorrow I will write. Tomorrow I will have something to show.
I win! Today I did it! 1,034 words today. This has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. You see, there is this wonderful new-fangled thing called "the internet". It is a distraction. I spent so much time talking to friends on gchat and checking fbook when I was supposed to be writing that I didn't actually write. I have an idea. I want to write this story, but it's a motivation issue. Gosh, it's not even the new year. I figure if I can stick with this for 3 weeks, it will be a habit. So far it's been a few days. Maybe it will get easier. I told one of my friends today that 90% or so of what I write in a day is total crap. It's that 10% that makes me want to try again the next day.
Wish me luck tomorrow. When I finish a story, I'll post it to get opinions!
From the title of this post, you may think this has to do with a picture. It doesn't.
I made a pre-New-Year's resolution to write 1,000 words a day. Yesterday was wicked busy, and I haven't slept well. I only managed 350. Now, I'm not going to say I need to make it up. That would be ridiculous. I feel like that would be the exact way to burn me out on writing. I go from a busy day with little sleep to having to write 1700 words the next. That's not fair.
This is the reason I generally don't make New Year's resolutions. It's not even New Year's and I've already failed. I'm not ready to give up though. Today, I will make 1,000 words happen!
Today is my second day of writing 1,000 words. I managed to split it into two different sittings. Man alive, this is harder than I thought it would be. At least I've been running with an idea. I'm not really sure how to progress the story, but I've been playing with first person and third person. So, yesterday I wrote part of the story from first person, and then today I wrote the same part of the story in third person, but it took a whole different turn. It actually helped me expand my story a little and think about it in a whole different way.
My total for today was around 1,050 words.
Once upon a time, I wrote stories. Most of them were creative non-fiction… stories from my childhood where my sister and I are the heroes and we battle such menacing foes as fish, boredom and misclassified birds. The point of all these ramblings is that I enjoy writing. I also enjoy reading. I mainly read fantasy and fiction. My theory is that it would be difficult to write in those genres without blatantly copying the authors I like. I feel like I would be totally stealing ideas from other authors. This is why I write creative non-fiction. I already know the stories, and I know that no one else has written them.
This last November, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Austin’s Comic Convention. Gosh, I love that place. Anyway, one of the artists in attendance was Peter S. Beagle. Now, some of you may not know who that is. He is one of the authors that piqued my interest in fantasy books. That particular day, I got to the Con fairly early and was able to have a good chat with him about several things that I’ve always wanted to ask authors I admire. He gave me a lot of good advice and was extremely conversational and easy to talk to. I’m going to share with you something he told me.
I told him my theory about writing in the genres that I enjoy reading. He laughed at me, not in derision, but how someone laughs at an innocent misunderstanding. He picked up a copy of “The Last Unicorn” (the book that first hooked me) and said, “I can tell you all of the authors I was thinking of while I wrote this book.” For the life of me, I can’t remember any of them, but he told me that authors mimic the styles they enjoy and that is a wonderful place to start. After that, when you finally get into the groove of writing, your own style starts to show itself.
With this sage advice in mind, we come to my Pre-New-Year’s Resolution. I really need to get back into the habit of writing. I have written anything (besides blogs) in a long, long time. So, my goal is to write 1,000 words a day. This doesn’t include my blog entries which will let you know how horribly I am doing at this endeavor. For the record, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I’ve written a lot, and I feel like the thoughts in my head are finally coming together in a way that makes sense. At the moment, I am struggling at 963 words. That’s mostly because I was supposed to be in bed 3 hours ago. Fail.
Alright, I made it to 1,014 words. Need to go to bed. We’ll see how tomorrow goes. Wish me luck in my insanity!
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