I’m writing them for two reasons: to help put my experiences in perspective and to purge myself of any residual compost.
Since it is good therapy, you are invited to join me, post your link in comments and I’ll be sure to drop by.
Let it begin:
Every year I start out an optimist when it comes to writing. For example, I have great plans to finish a novel that I actually like, flaws and all. I make the mistake of comparing my work to the great stories I’ve read and before you know it I’m tucking it away to work on later. I can do shorts; I love doing shorts so many challenges and so little room to do it in. The challenges are so abundant I can’t help but love the process.
Today is more than appropriate to bring up new beginnings. They seem to appear when the new year is around the corner. Just like the heavy snow fall that happened yesterday makes the world all bright and shiny outside. Clean slate, virgin snow, new year encourages me to try again. New beginnings and new goals for the new year.
Rumor has it we aren’t supposed to compare ourselves with others. Great in theory but almost impossible to do in the real world. I’m inspired by all the great stories I read, and I read all the time. My benchmark is very high, because I look at what they can do. And you know what I’m thinking, if one person can do it, so can I.
Back to pondering new beginnings, I wondered how I could bring together my love of shorts and my novel writing goal. What if I could intertwine three or four shorts and build a one novel. I would have my storylines with the pop and twists, and meet the goal of writing a novel I’d actually like, maybe love in the end. I’m using the project I started in Nano, knowing there are three strong storylines. I’ve almost completed the main plot, but it leaves me short by several thousand words, and that’s okay because I’ve still have my other plot lines to use to meet the word count I need.
Where will this lead? I don’t know. But for the first time in a while I’m enjoying writing a longer work. I’m a true Sagittarius, following one arrow at a time to meet a goal. I don’t know what the end product will be and to me that’s the adventure in a nutshell.