This is a chance to get in on a writing workshop type exercise on Week 0. Come check it out and join in!
Just to make it clear, I’m a yuuuge fan of reading. I’ve read a diverse array of genres, but I think my favorites are definitely Sci-Fi and Fantasy for sure. More specifically, I’m a sucker for exploring worlds imagined by the people writing those books. I’ll often be hundreds of pages deep in a book, get impatient as to whether or not they’re ever going to expand or if the story is all about this “protagonist” because by god I’ll throw that book at Tina and let her read it! Don’t tell anyone, but I looked up the ending to more than one book before actually finishing it. “But that’s the wrong way to read a book Kris!” I hear my wife telling you all to tell me. That’s fine, I don’t want to do it the right way, I just want to know if that jerk Antorell got punched in his stupid face!
Recently I’ve been building my own world to write stories in so I can sell them to a big publisher and become a billionaire author. The only shortfall in this scenario is that I usually get caught up in the tiny details I’m always hunting for in other books and then procrastinate until my muse finds a hammer big enough to knock me back on track. For example: I’m pretty sure in the beginning I want my main character to have the West blocked to him, he should go northeast to a city. What city, and what kind of reaction will they have to him? Well I don’t know I’ll come back to it in 5 or 6 weeks. I finally manage to get back to building and I figure I’ll work that out later, for now let’s just focus on getting the continents built. Hmmm, except I know I want some mountains and there should be a valley like right over….well whatever I’ll work it out in another 4 weeks.
The moral of the story here is don’t be like me! The best thing to do in these scenarios is to power through the uncertainty and writers’ block and just vomit some letters all over a page or computer screen. In a day or a week from now you’re going to come back and think “well I was clearly experimenting with some wack stuff, obviously the correct words I meant to write are..” You’ll just need to do this every day or every other day for roughly 6 months to a year and then you’ll get the joy of editing the words you wrote. A lot of writers dread editing because of reasons, editing is actually my favorite part aside from the worldbuilding aspect. That’s where I can actually allow myself to hyperfocus and zoom way, way in on those minute details that add up to make a floppy story. Maybe I’ll write a brief section on editing a story right after I look something up on YouTube real quick…
Good luck out there
I wanted to touch a bit more on the subject I glazed over last week. It’s almost time to comfortably give up those New Years Resolutions, so I just wanted to get in one more jab before they go! Early January, I wrote myself out about 15 objectives for January, figuring I’d have plenty of time. I mean I have all these days where I’m not working, I just have to do some work for 2-3 hours a day right, no prob. Aw dang, I forgot I was going to be sick this week! Texas, my love for you…well I don’t love you but come on, call off the trees! Allergies are crazy in the winter. I also forgot all the days my wife or child would want to spend time together, “family time” they called it. Pah! I have goals to attain!
I think it’s pretty easy to work out the sarcasm in that last sentence – of course the moment my 4 year old tells me to play Minecraft with him, I’m all over it. Wife wants to go watch a movie? Well don’t twist my arm here sheesh, I’ll probably have to eat milkshakes or something too. You see where this is going. Setting up minor monthly goals I think is a good idea, but it’s probably more attainable to reach for the quarters after all. Yearly quarters, that is – 3 month blocks where I have all this time to goof off and then hastily do everything I planned in the last weekend. So far this seems to be the way to go – I’ve accomplished probably about a third of my original plan, but I could definitely expand this instead of giving up halfway there just because I feel like I’ll fail anyway. Besides, things are better in bulk – that’s why Cosco is a thing. So Let’s jot down a few too many goals for January – March and see how many we can do.
* Clean out the car I haven’t driven for 2 years (Spiders everywhere!)
* Figure out what the heck is in those bags against the wall in the garage. I’m sure they’re housing spiders.
* Finish at least outlining the map of a world I’ve been worldbuilding. Seriously I started in November.
* Name the countries in the map after I finally finish it
* Write a short story – how can I have a hobby editing stories if I never practice
* Make some progress on a not-short story. Let’s say, finishing the outline.
* Build something amazing from these K’nex. The 4 year old they belong to can help
* Watch a movie with my wife something like once a week or once biweekly. She loves movies, I hate em. Sacrifices must be made.
* Put up a blog every Wednesday!
* Memorize at least 2 new kanji a week (I pretend to study Japanese a lot, I’ve had to have picked up something)
* Don’t write blog posts while being sick. Let’s put a tentative on this one
Eleven points for roughly eleven weeks, I can totally do that! I’ll probably have to take off that last week in March from work though.
Space is so vast and wide.
Just like back side.
I watch you tumble and toss.
“Just one more time”
You rocket off into the sky.
Don’t you realize it’s way past nine?
I sit in bed, computer at the ready.
Watching videos, eyes getting heavy.
I open up to our little blog.
Posting your shame so others can play along.
Kris get your silly ass to bed.
I won’t get up when Nik needs to be fed.
~Poem by sleepy Mom.