It’s February, How Did I Do?

At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to write more.

  1. Do the writing exercises of a writing prompt book, at least one a day of not more! And write in the book this time!
  2. Post on this blog and social media more, weekly instead of occasionally.
  3. All your ideas belong WRITTEN DOWN SOMEWHERE. It doesn’t matter how weird it is!

So, how did I do?

Writing Exercises

On this front, I actually have done fairly well. The “300 Writing Prompts” book that I bought has been a pretty good investment, and although I haven’t done it every day, it has helped. Additionally, I borrowed “Steering the Craft” by Ursula K. Le Guin from my local library, and I have done the first three chapters in that book in a sketchbook that I bought specifically for doing creative writing in. (I prefer thick, unruled pages.)

Once I’m done with the Le Guin book, I will return it and then dip back into my personal library. I know that I have a copy of “Writing Down The Bones” that I could do exercises from again, and I also have at least one book on Creative Non-Fiction that comes with exercises.

Overall, I’d say that this goal was met.

Posting

I have managed to post here every week for the last 3 weeks, so hooray! However, I have not done any social media posts. So, I call this one mostly fulfilled.

Writing ideas down

Sadly, I haven’t done this. I almost starting writing down the idea for a story of a lonely city in the depths of space, but then I started revising the idea in my head and never got around to getting it to paper. So, I didn’t meet my goal for this one. But I will say that the writing prompts were a much more important goal, so I’m OK with this one getting away.

Overall

Good job, me! I am well on my way of getting back into writing in a big way.

Harder Than Getting On A Bike

In my last post, I set out a goal for myself: to write more. Specifically, I set out these three activities:

  1. Write for 15 minutes every day. This includes diary entries, but is mostly meant for creative free-writing
  2. Post on this blog and on my social media accounts more often, say, weekly instead of occasionally
  3. Any new ideas about stories or other topics I think about, write it down! (There are so many things that I don’t write down but I should, it is criminal)

As it turns out, it’s really hard to write completely new material every day.

I have not done much creating writing in the last 5 years, and it turns out, I cannot just get back on the bike and have the exact same productivity that I had 7 or 10 years ago. Sure, the act of writing things down isn’t that different, nor is doing free association. Typing is easy.

However, I found that the stuff I typed out was not great. Here’s an entry:

The solubriousness of that word was just incredible, said Nelly not knowing what the word even meant. It’s almost as if words have no meaning!

Sorry, I’m a bit drunk and writing things down as I think them. We don’t ususally go to fancy dinner parties, especially not the Sandersons’. It’s just that “multitudediousness” is not a “solubriuos” word.

It’s a twenty dollar word

She said, oh, well excuse me for trying to be fancy! And you should drink less.

me (stone cold sober), 2020-01-06

My note to myself at that point was “listen to people again.”

I think my note to myself now is “think about what you used to do.”

So, I thought about what I used to do, and one thing I remember in college was that I actually started most of my work with handwritten notes that I then typed up and turned into final work. I also remember doing quite a lot of writing prompts at the time, to keep my skills sharp.

So, what I did was I bought a writing prompts notebook (I’ll talk about the specific product later if I like it) and I’m going to handwrite my responses to the prompts in the pages like you are supposed to.

(I have this odd thing about not wanting to “ruin” notebooks, hopefully this will help me work on that.)

I also noticed some changes I wanted to make in the other ones, so I’ll update them now. I am changing my list to this:

  1. Do the writing exercises of a writing prompt book, at least one a day of not more! And write in the book this time!
  2. Post on this blog and social media more, weekly instead of occasionally.
  3. All your ideas belong WRITTEN DOWN SOMEWHERE. It doesn’t matter how weird it is!

That’s all for now! Check back again in 15 days where I evaluate how I’ve done.

2020 Resolution: Write More

Just a brief blog post about my New Year’s Resolution for 2020, which is to write more!

This includes the following:

  1. Write for 15 minutes every day. This includes diary entries, but is mostly meant for creative free-writing
  2. Post on this blog and on my social media accounts more often, say, weekly instead of occasionally
  3. Any new ideas about stories or other topics I think about, write it down! (There are so many things that I don’t write down but I should, it is criminal)

I’m going to revisit this resolution at the end of January and see how I did.