Friday, January 8, 2010

Tasks: Four

My writing discipline waxes and wanes. It's kind of like religion. Sometimes, you can feel your faith, your absolute belief in your ability to tell a story, your talent (your... um... punctuation) and other times, you can't.

I'm not blocked. I'm just caught up in the fear of not having something to say, the fear of failure.

Ah, but Hell, I fail all the time. So, I'm going to work on my writing discipline a bit more. This year, I will write 1000 new words each day (in addition to my work-related writing), six days a week from this day on. This means 1000 words for stories I have not written yet -rewrites will not count.

It's a plan. If I can keep it up. At the end of the year, I should have a couple of novels done.

3 comments:

zen said...

That is one seriously ambitious goal. You have my best wishes!

JDB said...

Good luck! I try to do something similar, but with a time limit instead of a word count. I haven't been good about keeping up with it this week, tho'.

eclectic guy said...

One time, I was banging my head against the music compositional wall and went outside to take a break. This being at UC, students would hang outside. I must have looked so down and out, this perfect stranger (and much younger) said, "Cheer up. It's not all that bad."

There are times when everything seems to abandon us. Sometimes the only thing to do is to let go of trying, clear your head and ideas will return. Those periods are horrific for creative people, but they serve to teach us the barren landscape. Oh yeah.