Yesterday: 1,000 words, three 15 minute sessions
For anyone who wishes to join me on this adventure:
I’ve been trying to write novels. And I think after three years it’s time I finished one, don’t ya think? Yes, I am lazy, but I don’t think that’s been my biggest issue. I really think it has more to do with perfectionism. I struggle with each sentence to make sure it’s absolutely flawless, and then I look back and say “that’s shit!” Then I stew over it for days–weeks–wondering where it went wrong and how I can make it better. Then I tell myself “I’ll never be a writer…” BLEH.
I keep hearing advice from prolific authors that you should write fast and write lots of stuff. In the end, your career relies more on constant production than on amazing content. Then I googled “writing faster” and found a blog post by Michael Pollock, and along with some really good advice, he said something I find EXTREMELY quotable: “Perfectionism is the mortal enemy of any creative endeavor.”
BOOM. Fucken mic-drop.
At least that’s how it hit me.
I also found an article by David Masters on speed writing, which is directed more toward blogging but can easily be applied to novel writing.
So I’m taking Masters’ advice and making an attempt at speed writing. I’m powering through, making it sloppy, FINISHING it. Because that’s what I need to do. I mean, how that hell do you become a novelist if you never finish a fucking novel?
Yesterday I set a timer to write in 15 minute increments, and after three of those I had about 1,000 words. That’s no finished novel, but it’s a step in the right direction.
This is me sharing my progress as a way of keeping myself accountable. I want to be a full-time writer and I have a long fucking way to go.
Every blog has one. Gotta start somewhere, right?
What’s flashy and new?
This blog, obviously! Sure, I’ve blogged before, but never in a writerly sense. My goal this time is just simply to have a web presence and a way to connect with the writing community. I’ll share very little personal stuff here unless it’s interesting and has something to offer by sharing it. But mostly this is about WORDS and stuff (books, blogs, podcasts, and of course my writing career and things I’ve learned).
What am I reading?
I just picked up Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, as recommended to me by the fantastic Emmie Mears in their recent blog post. Let me tell you (and I’ll probably give this its own post when I finish reading it) this book is the shit right now. I’ve been struggling with doing the novel thing for a while now, and just from reading the first half of Story Engineering I’m learning why I keep getting hung up. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to put in your story or where to put it, or ANY trouble writing at all, READ THIS BOOK, YO.
I work with a gaggle of Trump supporters every day and I’ve been looking for some new ideas for characters, so I’m just soaking it aaaall up. *grins evilly at the blank page*
Unrelated: I’m attending a wedding this weekend where I have the honor of being a groomsman. And I’m thankful I’m not the best-man this time; less responsibility but still get all the perks of being in the wedding party. Unfortunately, however, no alcohol (I’m debating whether or not to keep a bottle of whisky in my car in case anyone gets thirsty, shhh don’t tell).
…Alcohol can be a magic potion, at times. (If you’re an alcoholic, just ignore everything I’m saying right now. Stay away, STAY AWAY, because YOU DONT NEED THAT IN YOUR LIFE. IT’S THE WRONG WATER.)
Okay, I’ve digressed enough. The end.