For the past 6 days, I have been writing everyday. Mostly it has been around a daily writing prompt that I subscribed to through Paulette Perhach’s website Welcome to the Writer’s Life. This is also the title of her book that I finished recently along with several other titles. So my reading and writing have increased in order to serve this new drive to write. But first…
Teachers told me through my academic career that I was, should be, and would become a great writer. This boost of ego though wasn’t met with a reasonable idea of what becoming a writer would entail. I’ve struggled throughout the years with my ego, the boost it gives me and the ultimate let down it leads me to.
Perhach addresses in the last chapter that the ego makes you feel amazing and then like you are your work. You start out and think you are the hottest shit around, don’t need feedback, and will have a polished piece of writing in 3 days, tops! Then you get into the muck and work until you have a first draft. Still riding the high, you sit down without a pen to take notes and read your masterpiece. But the writing isn’t golden, unless Midas touched a turd. But it is still a turd.
And then the other extreme takes over – you see the work as a mirror. You are the turd. You are not a writer, and why would you have ever thought otherwise? What is your deal?
I read Jane McGonigal’s book SuperBetter. I decided to follow Jane’s advice and take on the secret identity of Rah, the Returner. My foes? The Languishers – Alter/Ego, Seductive Laze, Sticky Sadness, and Chores Galore. Do any of these villains sound familiar?
Write every day.
Ok, so that is the general goal. Write every day means follow the writing prompt or write in my journal. This will go on for another week. Any amount of time or word counts.
Eventually I want to get up to 1 hour of writing on 5 days in another week’s time. I want to produce one blog post to publish or save. I also want to start using that hour to reread and rewrite
I want it to be focused on the prompts and my experiences. A lot of what I have written is personal experience, memoir pieces. I want to understand and know myself before moving forward with fiction or poetry.
In three weeks time, I would like to have made contact with one writer friend and be able to send them questions or meet up.
These are my small goals for now.