well I’m still writing.
That’s a pleasant surprise. Cause I thought I’d have given up by now. I’m not writing one thing however, but everything, and I’m still enjoying sitting in cafés on saturdays and the odd weekdays with a biro and paper. I would like to say I’m writing consistently, but I’m not. I’d been writing one story for a while, and now I’ve jumped to something completely different. I’m reading less. That isn’t surprising.
I knew that writing was just an outlet for ‘production’ of a physical kind. I don’t believe I am a writer… firstly I’m not interested enough in it… but maybe I could be, if I focus hard enough.
Today I found myself in Waterstones like usual, browsing the fiction section and like normal finding bugger all to read. I then wandered into the creative writing area, as I knew I wanted to read, to inspire writing, but I don’t want to read other peoples efforts, I want to read about my efforts (even if I haven’t started anything yet!). I found a great little book called, ‘No plot, no problem’, and its a guide to writing your first novel. There are many books out there that do that, but this one was a bit different because it focuses on quantity not quality, 50,000 word quantity to be exact. It talks of focusing on a deadline and committing yourself to writing a little over 1600 words a day for 31 days and having a novel at the end of it. I’m only a few pages in and I’m really liking what I’m reading. The focus of quantity over quality removes the worry about producing ‘greatness’ first time round, infact it almost guarantees your efforts won’t be great, but it works on something more important, and thats completion… getting the word count out, letting the imagination run wild, and getting the damn thing done and dusted. Every writer will tell you the starting is easy, its the finishing that is the difficult bit… and so, this book, inspires you purely to do just that.
Its got me thinking… and I like what I’m thinking. I’m on the train tomorrow to London whereby I can read the book a little more and I have a night in hotel too. The new surroundings and new thoughts will be sure to getting the fingers typing I’m certain.
I’ll keep you posted. Is there anyone else out there that’s feeling the urge to write their first novel, but haven’t yet? I need to converse with similar minds… together we can do it!!
Mark Mapstone is a skateboarder, a writer, and author of the Ethan Wares Skateboard Series books.
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