“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
This should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me, but I enjoy writing. But as with many of my hobbies I enjoy it if it is quick and efficient. Some other hobbies this can relate to: knitting, I enjoy it if it is a quick and easy pattern like finger-less mittens (which I have the pattern in my head), scarfs, hats, dishcloths, and grocery bags. Things that don’t take much time and I can memorize or makeup the pattern. Baking is another one with the same concept. Quick and easy deserts where I can throw things in without measuring and see what comes out. Things I have ended up doing this way include cupcakes with various things baked in the middle like cookies, caramels, and other yummy and most likely unhealthy things!
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King
Well the reading part I have down perfectly. I already read a lot! But like with all my other hobbies I did writing in spurts. Sometimes I would be really into it and then my interest would wane and months later I would come back and be really interested in it again. As my roommate Mandi has said, I have the attention span of a squirrel. Which I don’t think is very .. oh look, something shiny!
“So okay – there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want. ”
― Stephen King, On Writing
To get back to the writing. I have been writing this specific book since last year and I feel really good about it. It suits me and is about a subject I am interested in. I started it while I was in South Korea and took a break from it when I got back to the States and recently started back on it. I decided this time I need to buckle down and give myself a plan. I like things with a plan that I can follow. I have been doing a lot of mapping out the story line and mapping out the physical locations in the book and mapping out the characters and not so much writing. I tend to write scenes and not in any specific order, so stuff is all over the place right now! I also want to make it a series so I have been trying to find what the THING is that happens in each book. So with all these concepts and ideas written down somewhere (usually various pieces of scrap paper) I needed to get to work on more actual story words! So I decided to follow the advice of one of my favorite writers and write a thousand words a day. I am not being a stickler on EXACTLY a thousand. But I am going to try for on or just past the thousand mark each day.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
p.s. By the way that was 446 words excluding the quotes. Lucky for me I already wrote a thousand words for the book this morning!