That Jeff Goins sure is a hard taskmaster! Not only does he want me to start writing, get up early to do it, keep getting up early to do it, write new things, write ugly things, write in new places, and write things other people have already written, now he wants me to finish something!
I’m reminded of a line from the movie Sliding Doors when Jerry (the loser boyfriend) says he has some good news. “Ah, you’ve finished the book!” his best friend cries. “The book? I’m a writer, I’ll never finish the book!”
Well, I won’t finish either the radio play or the Venn Diagram story before the 15 days are up (especially since the Venn Diagram story seems to have mutated from a quick little short story into something quite a bit longer – not a novel, probably, but certainly a novella!), but I did finish writing a proper outline for the latter today. Check!
On top of that, he wants me to build a team; a group of people who are willing to spur me on, keep asking how the project is coming along, read bits of it, point out errors, inconsistencies and anomalies and generally help make it happen and make it better. Well, Jeff, this whole process seems to be making that happen, so thank you!
I’ve had more people comment on these posts than on any of my previous blog posts, I’ve ‘met’ a couple of the other writers and had conversations with them on twitter and our respective blogs, and I’ve been talking about my writing more to my face-to-face friends (!) – partly through explaining why I’m so tired these days!
The really best thing, though, is that through my blogging and tweeting about writing, a friend who lives far away has taken up writing again, having put it aside for several years!
It seems we’re all bricks in each other’s great buildings. I’ve certainly appreciated the support I’ve had already from this community, and hope I can build into you in some way, too.
I’ll be asking for some feedback once I’ve got something finished enough to show you – if you’re up for being in my team, do let me know!
And in case you were wondering, yes, I did write yesterday, I was just too tired (and headachey) to blog about it later – I went to bed at 8pm! *Yawn*. Will have to find a way to make this sustainable after the 15 days are up!
(And will have to find a way of blogging without using so many exclamation marks – please be assured, I don’t overuse them like this in my real writing, honest.)