I suffer from the typical writer’s block. I see a blank screen and want to run. I think of editing some old work and cringe. I’ve been wanting to write on a regular basis for, oh, a decade. Not ten days, not ten months, but ten years. When oh when will that day come where I learn to write on a regular basis? John Muldoon’s Monthly Experiments has me thinking that I discovered (or he did) something of a secret: if I can manage to do something for a month, maybe it can become a habit. The nice part about the “monthly” is that is makes it bite size, I can handle it, it doesn’t scare me, I can achieve it. If it’s a big disaster, oh well, it was only a month. Also, as John points out, hey, it was just an experiment, so I don’t have to talk about failure, I can just talk about what happened. So here we go, it’s November 1, 2012. I’m hoping, I’m even smiling to myself (no, really) that I’ll look back on this day with pride and say that was the day that it all began. Whew, exhilarating.
Ernest Hemingway wrote in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald:
“For Christ sake write and don’t worry about what the boys will say nor whether it will be a masterpiece nor what. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. “
There are several writing challenges going on this month (National Novel Writing Month, Copyblogger’s EBookWriMo Challenge, I’m sure there are more), but I’m not planning on writing an e-book or a novel this month (although I’d be happy to take up that challenge some other month!). This month, I just want to produce. My rules are that I have to publish something on any site I have publishing rights to every day this month. That’s it. Ready? I am.
[box]April 2013: I’m finding more and more people who are doing similar challenges. It’s great to share the pain–and the gain. Here are a few, do you know any more? Would love to hear about them. [/box]
[box]Update August 2013: I’m enjoying finding other writers who share similar passions. If they post (usually on Repossible), I’m adding it below as I edit it and, frankly, editing can be more of a job than writing! It’s also interesting to “play” editor: trying to help them find their voice, trying to stick with the theme of the site, etc. When I put their post in for an “editing” job for me, I’m also putting another writing post in for myself. Just a math geek that way.[/box] I’m even going to keep a running tally of posts here, counting this one as the first.
More because I think I’m going to break the numbering system on this poor page and max out the number of revisions as I save this post every single day, I’m starting a Volume Two of Write Every Day today on June 25, 2015 over on this post: Keep Writing Every Day.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia were a respite from the wet heat of the lowlands in Malaysia. It was cool, surrounded by tea plantations and an ideal place to write.