About the Year

It has become common practice for people to do a “365 Project” these days. It might be photography or art, crafting  or scrapbooking or, I dunno, bank robbery. I have decided to do writing.

I used to write all the time. Look in my hard drive and you’ll see file after file of short stories, story outlines, character ideas, all the bricks and mortar of a writer. But somewhere…. Somewhere it all went away. I did NaNoWriMo a couple of times, but at some point the energy and enthusiasm that I had for writing fiction seemed to dissipate into the air. I still write, of course – I review books every week in my podcast, The Labyrinth Library – but it’s not the same. I miss the fugue state you get into when you’re writing a story, the way time just comes to a standstill until you break the surface again and take a deep breath. I miss meeting new characters and exploring new worlds and coming up with weird ways to make things work.

So this is my project: to write fiction every day. The pieces may or may not be related to each other in any form, they might be long or short, and there’s a good chance of a rather high crap-to-gold ratio. But you never know.

  1. Nell
    June 15, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    I think you’re inspiring me. I never wrote good stuff, but I did like to write. My problem has always been notebook vs computer, sleep vs write a bit, read vs write.

    I’m not nearly as disciplined as I used to be, if I ever was. But I have a trip coming up. I could start…

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