This weekend, I finished the rough draft of my first novel, and it wrapped up (one of many) big pushes I have experienced trying to get any big project across the finish line. This time, I made notes for my future self.
I wrote every day over the holidays, and ended up finding the joy of “margin” to be less stressed going forward.
My Winter 2020 Writing Schedule
For those interested, this post is a “behind-the-scenes” look at one of things I'm doing to crank out about 6k-7k words/week toward my novel (and none of this counts).
One day, not that long ago, my friend John jumped onto Slack to announce “I found Reese’s Pieces.” I joked that it sounded like a tragedy until I saw the title case, but “I found Reese’s pieces” would be a great opening line. He said it sounded noir, and so I wrote a short story.
New Book Sneak Peek
Okay, so this is different, but I thought it would be fun to put out a sneak peek of one of the chapters I was just working on for my book.
NaNoWriMo and How I Quit Before it Began
This year, I signed up for — and then quit — NaNoWriMo in all of twenty-four hours.
A Short Dissertation on Mechanical Keyboards
Seeing as I've been busy working on my first novel, I thought I'd take a break from trying to be creative or inspirational to sing the praises of my favorite keyboards.
Why I’m Trying to Write Fiction
So, I’m trying to write fiction again after… many years, and it feels scary, new, and interesting all at once.
Arbitrary Deadlines and Turning 40
For so much of my life, I’ve been obsessed with early success and setting up random deadlines for myself. What if some careers or lives require the kind of experience and learning that we can only get from time and failure?
The Importance of Staying Uncomfortable
I wrestled in high school and a little in college. I was never that good, but I did learn (perhaps, because I was never that good) to embrace discomfort.