I write this blog to share my ideas and start conversations. More than that I do it because I love to write and want that to be my profession. I have focussed on the blog for a while and my latest book has sat on hold. I want to give it a kick-start so I have decided to do a 30 day challenge. Each day I will write 2000 words on the book, and by the end of it I will be done.
I want to share the journey and what its like living inside this writers mind. At times it exciting and sometimes it’s filled with a fear that my writing is so awful I should give up and live in a hut out of shame. I hope that you can join me too, even if you can’t do it for all 30 days. One day writing is a day you will always have. I’d love to hear about how you are going as well, so leave a comment.
The idea came from Stephen King, one of the things he set as a goal was to write 2000 words a day. Considering his body of work I’m guessing he didn’t stop at 2000 words. For the next 30 days I’m going to pretend to be Stephen King.
The book I will finish, stay positive and ignore that I have 29 days to go, is Episode 34. Episode 34, it centres on the death of a podcaster and the conspiracy that surrounds it. It’s a who done it that looks at our modern ability to change reality.
Music: Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals.
One thing that I absolutely need to be able to write is music so along with the word count I will also be sharing what I was listening too. I find Marilyn Manson atmospheric and his music is story like. It puts my mind in a focussed place. A place I find it difficult to get to, my mind doesn’t stop and is distracted easily.
I woke up this morning really excited to write. I worked from home today, so I woke up early to get some writing done. The idea of finishing the book and holding it in my hands (virtually) is really motivating.
The part I’m up to is really exciting which makes it easy to write. When I put Episode 34 on hold I kept working on it in my head. I feel like I am catching up on paper what is in my head. This has made it flow really easily. I could have kept writing all day but needed to do my day job so saved my progress and went on with my day.
Music: Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor.
The part I’m writing at night is a transition, it goes from one action to the next. I find these hard to write. I think I see my stories as stepping-stones and the in-between often stays blind to me. It feels like I’m pushing hard to get that information out. I am happy when its done, but during I really doubt the quality. I keep telling myself that it’s the first draft and turn the music up to ignore the voice.
Today was hard to find the time as I was also editing a video. I have a woodworking YouTube channel – Newbie Workbench. I like to make things wether it be a story or a piece of furniture. Sometime working with my hands helps me think. It distresses and opens up space to think.
I release a new video every Thursday, I’m a bit behind schedule so I needed it finished tonight to get it done. I’m happy I pushed myself, it’s a good first day.
Come back for day two and let me know your thoughts and how your writing is going.