Friday, October 7, 2011

The Kaleidoscope Keeps Turning

Over the past month I have thrown myself into writing in a big way. I wrangle the blog several times a week and I try to spend some time every day writing creatively. I've written a few short stories and have completed the outline for a novel. A friend and I will also be collaborating together on another novel for NaNoWriMo, which is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month. The goal there is to write a novel of no fewer than 50,000 words in thirty days. I don't know if we will pull it off, but it sure will be fun to try.

Back in high school we had our marble note books and a number two pencil and that was it, we were writers. Today, in the era of technological everything, I've still got my trusty-dusty pen and paper, but I also need to worry about a blog, business cards, a website, and a Facebook page (which, sadly, only 3 people like so far). This collection of stuff is called a "platform," which is apparently necessary if you ever expect to get published. Or so I've been told, anyway.

Organizing all this stuff has kept me very busy, but I try not to let it distract me from spending time doing the most important thing, writing. I'm starting to see potential story ideas everywhere I look. The possibilities are like kaleidoscope images, constantly shifting and changing as all the pieces of where I've been and what I've done in life tumble around together in my subconscious. The more time I spend writing, the more comfortable I become with it. I'm finding it is like riding a bike or roller skating, you never really forget how to do it, even though it might take some time to get good at it again.

OK, it is time to check "update blog" off the 'ol to-do list. Now, I am off to finish a first draft of the first chapter of my novel. Look for it here on the blog sometime this weekend.

Tools of the Trade

My Writing Space

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