I have so many quotes that I write down and so many articles or web sites that I’ve bookmarked to one day share that I never get around to sharing on here because I feel this need to put words around them and somehow add to the conversation.
Whereas I think if I were on Twitter I’d just put the link and say, “Yes, this.” Or, “Good advice.”
But I’m not. And I won’t be anytime soon. Why? Because some small part of me suspects that’s a gaping vortex I will never be able to escape once I’m in there. And what I need to do most is WRITE. Stories, novels, what-have-you. I need to spend my waking hours on developing my craft and moving forward while I have the freedom to do so.
I’m in the midst of a little experiment. Under a different pen name I’ve been trying to release a 5,000-word short each week. And this week I finally felt what it’s like to HAVE to write something that pleases your readers. See, it’s one thing to sit down and write something.
I’m lucky in that I can write 2,000 words without much effort. But to write something that will please the people who’ve already bought your other stuff? Oh, Nellie. That’s a completely different ballgame altogether.
I tried once and that story was clearly going to run about 10,000 words. I tried twice and that story was clearly going to be too different from what I’d written before to fit with the series. So, 6,000 words later, I found myself no closer to writing what I needed to write that week.
Take three worked, thankfully, or I would’ve missed my self-imposed deadline.
Since we’re already off-topic, I have to say that I’m still a firm believer that trade publishing is the best way for me to go for my novels, but I am so glad I’ve ventured into self-publishing with the short stories and non-fiction. It’s taught me so much about writing that I would’ve eventually learned, but not near as fast as I have. And about marketing. And about readers and writers and…It’s been good for me. Not monetarily, although that’s getting better, but in terms of my growth as a writer.
Okay, randomness done. Time to get off here and feed the pup. And then to WRITE.