Yay!!!! I did it!!! I wrote every day for 30 days.
The inspirational final entry of the “Writer’s Boot Camp” is about taking every opportunity to write that you can and to not wait for the perfect moment. I agree with this, I spent a long time looking for this perfect moment when my house was clean and I could sit out in my beautifully landscaped garden sipping tea and writing the next great American novel. Now I’m ok sitting in my dirty office during breaks from my day job writing the next mediocre short story
She also feels that you should want to write more than anything in the world. That when you are out with friends you should be thinking about how you wish you were writing when you are at a parade or watching TV or doing anything you should be thinking about how you would rather be writing. This I disagree with. I try to live in the moment, when I’m eating cheese dip it should be because I want to be eating cheese dip. When I’m walking on a lovely beach at night it will be because I want to walk on a lovely beach at night. Yes, there are times when I’m doing social things when I think “I wish I was writing” and when that happens if possible I should leave. But I don’t think I should have to pick between writing and being alive, then again a lot of the greatest writer’s did, so I might be wrong.
I bet you are asking “What’s next for our emotionally broken yet perky heroine?”
- Today I’m going to submit a short story and start on another one, that is actually due tomorrow. So yes, I going to try to write, edit and submit a story in 1 day. This is almost certainly going to fail, but I figure “what the fuck?” might as well try.
- I’m going to pick one or more of these books to work on. This sort of framework has been really good for me. Some of these are such that it’s possible to do two at a time. I will write about it some, probably not every day
- I’m going to keep submitting, trying to submit to as many of the markets I find as possible.
- As soon as I know what my permanent work schedule is (Job 1) I’m going to come up with a writing schedule and try my hardest to stick to it.
- I’m going to sign up for at least 2 writers workshops and networking event in the next 12 months.
- I’m going to finish content editing my novel, find at least two beta readers to read it, hire an editor once I have enough money saved and I’m going to get it published. I’ll start with trying to find a traditional publisher, but I’ll probably get bored and self-publish.
I’m feeling good about what I’ve done the past month. I feel proud, which isn’t something I often feel anymore. The mean voices in my head are trying to tell me this is a small thing, a silly thing and that I didn’t really accomplish anything, but fuck that. It’s ok to feel proud. I’ve spent too much time with people who make it their goal to make others feel small and stupid. I’m certainly not going to do that to myself! I’m going to keep doing things that make me feel the way I do today, and I’m going to keep surrounding myself with people who encourage each other and appreciate their friend’s success.
Wow. Today I have been a super writing Beast!!! I have edited a story, had a friend read and edit it, had another friend read it and then did a final look at it before formatting and submitting. I have also written 4880 words (not counting this blog post or changes made when editing).
Total writing time 4 hours and 56 minutes!