(Picture taken by me at my college’s campus. No stealing. >_<)
I tried blogging once before. I didn’t have the enthusiasm to keep up with it. However, now I’m trying it with a different approach: I’m a writer, but I procrastinate. What’s the best way to keep yourself doing something? If you have to admit publicly how little you’ve done. So I’m gonna post my word count on here. DON’T GO. That’s not all this is! I’ll be posting writing prompts, ramblings, rants, weird things I find, inspiration, and the like–but I’m gonna do it with the kind of attitude that asks “Why aren’t you writing?”
Some people need tough love. I’m one of ‘em. Since no one will give me tough love, I’m going to do it myself AND do it to all of you who need a swift kick in the butt, too.
Ask me questions! Post your excuses! And then I’ll tell you what you need to get back up to speed.
It’s time for you to cut the crap. It’s your life. If you want to write, then get writing. My goal is to help us all get on with it and do what we love.
To start things off, I’m gonna give you this link:
Click the first link. It’s labeled “In the Blink of an Eye – New York Times.”
Read it. And think about it.
If you need a general synopsis, here’s one: A guy named Jean-Dominique Bauby was paralyzed in an accident. He dictated a book using only the blinks of his left eye.
Take a moment to let that soak in.
Don’t your excuses seem a little … pathetic? This guy dictated a book with his eye. You don’t have enough time? How long do you think that took? Can you possibly have a physical limitation worse than that? I’d guess not, seeing as you’re reading this (or listening to it if you can’t see well/at all and have one of those cool thingies that reads websites to you).
So what have I written today?
1,089 words toward the novel I’ve been working on since June 2010.
It’s mostly summary, and a good portion of it will probably get cut. :/ But I’m trying to get things back on track with it, and sometimes letting characters explain things to each other helps you understand what you’re writing and how your characters see what’s happened thus far.
1.a. Pick up anything you’ve written (poem, short story, script, etc.) and write a scene where one of the characters tells someone else the events of whatever it is you wrote.
1.b. If you don’t have anything handy, then write a short scene where a character does something he or she regrets. Write another scene where that character describes the previous scene to someone else.
What? Does that second one sound like too much work? Well, you should always have your writings accessible. Plus, the more you write, the better chance you have of getting better (Ask me why I worded it that way). If you feel like getting extra credit of sorts (Suck-ups…. Nothing wrong with a good suck-up, though. Carry on.), then you can write a new scene for your character to examine.
2. Read the article or just read about Jean-Dominique Bauby (something that isn’t this blog entry).
3. Post how your assignment #1 went. What kind of perspective did it give you and your character(s)? In that same reply, tell me something about your writing troubles. Anything that’s slowing you down in any way–let me know. I’ll help you conquer it.
Get going! Write! Write! Wriiiiite!!!
In honor of my upcoming 6-year blogiversary, I’m going to re-post some of my ancient posts that I think could be helpful/interesting to my current users. 🙂
The above post is the very, very first post on this blog. 🙂