Finally! I am at the stage of writing my goals for #writemotivation, and boy, do I need them. It’s been very easy to do the bare minimum lately (or get caught on twitter for aaaaaaages) so I hereby give myself a kick up the ass.
Here are the goals for the rest of the month of August:
1) Finish the mystery story and submit.
2) Enter at least one writing competition.
3) Complete non-fiction writing task 1.
4) Write at least 3 more chapters of Lily.
5) Start sci-fi project 1.
6) Complete at least one blog entry per week.
Now that may sound pretty vague to you, but it’s a lot of work. I think I can cross off a few of those, if not all of them but I might need to give myself a daily target too, to make it all a bit more manageable.
I’ve spent a lot of time lately learning about writing and about social networking. It’s the social networking part that’s killing me at the moment. I just don’t think I’m doing it right yet as it seems to be taking up a lot of time.
I’m also trying to transfer my blog from a wordpress.com to a wordpress.org account and that is causing me some minor headaches.
I think I’ll put a goal for the blog transfer on there for September.
OK. Now to spend less time online, and more time writing!
I currently find myself torn. I’m wondering if I should start trying to earn money by producing some articles for magazines to build up my skills and my experience before embarking on writing a novel.
I just don’t want to write a novel that is shit. I don’t want to find myself going back over it to try to improve the writing, the structure, the characters, the POV because I didn’t have enough practice before I started the project. I realise that I could write short stories in the meantime but I find that this distracts me a little from cooking up the characters and plot for my novels. I say novels as I have more than one in mind.
I’m also having another problem; which genre should I be writing in? Do I have to pigeonhole myself or can I float around on the cusp of a genre or two? My tendency is to write dark tales but some of my ideas are clearly sci-fi and others are more fantasy. Then there are others which are downright horror.
So, what would you do? Write to make some money (if I’m lucky) and get some practice before I launch into the big project or just go ahead and write the darned thing now?
There are so many of us who would be so called “aspiring writers”. Now, this morning I read a blog post by a writer named Chuck who expressed in great detail his annoyance with this term and with some of the whinges these “aspiring writers” have been known to make. So, I made a mental note – I was not going to use the term “aspiring writer” any more. Now I am a writer. I am just an aspiring paid writer.
Apparently there are people who write, and there are people who want to write but don’t have the time, can’t, won’t etc. I’m definitely going to slot myself into the category that writes.
I’ve also read that the world and its mother want to write. Everyone wants to be a writer apparently. Hey, that’s cool enough, but it does mean there is a lot of competition out there. Well, we knew that anyway but I think the difference is that some are more determined than others.
I’ve been reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, lately and he is a good example of a writer with perserverance. Keep on going, despite the rejections. He used to pin them to a nail on the wall above his bed until the nail couldn’t hold the rejection slips any longer. The guy wanted to write and he wasn’t going to stop for anyone. So, no excuses anyone. If you want to be a writer you can’t give up. No whingeing, no excuses, no procrastination. In the words of Nike, “just do it!”
So, this brings me back to the question: where do we begin? I’ve heard of people who have to sit and make ideas happen and those who have ideas just “happen” to them. I happen to be one of the latter. I can be walking down the road with the pram and the dog and some idea will just pop into my head. I’ll think to myself yea, that works, and then this could happen….. Trouble is, I don’t have the opportunity to write them down instantly but so far this isn’t causing much of a problem. One problem which is causing me some difficulty, however, is that at any given time I can have up to 5 different book/short story ideas swimming around my head simultaneously. Sometimes they overlap and that can be a bit confusing. It’s no real hardship though. I think it would be a lot worse if I had no ideas at all.
I decided to take a writing course to give some structure and technique to my story ideas and I’ll write about how that’s going as I go along.
Just a question then for all you writers out there: How do you begin your process?