When I write any “complete” piece, I think my work looks something like this:
A spiral of BS which has the power to give any editor nightmares for the rest of their life…
And sometimes in the middle of night the paranoia monster creeps up from under my bed whispering in my ear: “Maybe I’m worse than fanfiction writers and Stephenie Meyer”. It’s a scary thought which makes me regret spending all that money on writing books.
Interestingly, I imagine the work of students in writing programs look like this:
Either that or their Yoda Writing Jedi master will teach them to use the force against Darth Procrastinator and his master, Emperor Self-Doubt.
I’ve written a few short stories and sent them to editors of online magazines. I’m proud to say I’ve started building my mountain of rejection emails with the occasional sprinkle of encouragement. Sadly, like many people I don’t feel like I’m improving fast enough compared to the students in writing programs.
That and the annoying thing called “Life” gets in the way of precious writing time. Like your ‘guaranteed to get a job degree’, your best friend’s latest attempt at world domination or catching up with The Big Bang Theory.
So in order to get a bit serious, I’ve devised this formula:
(Pressure from reader(s) + Deadlines) * TheInternetiswatchingyou = Time-Magically-Appears-For-Writing
Time-Magically-Appears-For-Writing = Required-Medium= ????
After days of endless calculations, sleepless nights and help from the paranoia monster, I found the answer…With you, dear reader as my guinea pig…I mean my ‘first reader’.
I want to conduct a writing experiment.
I’ve had a story racking in my brain for a while but I always felt I wasn’t ‘skilled’ enough to write it. The whole writing is a journey is an understated modern proverb. Unfortunately, I can’t join a writing program (due to several reasons) and I have other commitments at the moment.
The experiment is this: I will write short progressive posts of this story while reading and taking into consideration your feedback, comments and opinions in the general story direction. Every few weeks, I plan on posting a ‘deconstruction’ of these story posts to see what was right and wrong.
At the same time, I plan on writing other posts reviewing books that cover writing fiction as well as any other stuff that comes along the way.
And funny stuff too.
We gotta have funny stuff.