To begin the new year, Mary Spender, a guitar and music YouTuber, decided to post a video every day for the month of January. The idea was multi-fold, but a key idea was to provide an accountability partner for New Year’s Resolutions. The idea was if you’d set a resolution to do something daily, such as practice guitar, when you saw Mary had posted a video you stopped and did your daily thing before or while watching the video. About two-thirds of the way through the month she found, instead of burning out from daily work, she was revitalized.
So, I am going to give something similar a shot here. In theory, this blog is updated Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Oh, and there is in theory a Saturday series about reading the Saint John’s College reading list. You can scroll down and see how in theory this is. Yet, there was a time when I blogged twice a week or more, as I discussed in my Groundhog Day resolutions post last month. While I notice most in reading my old gaming blog is that I didn’t edit myself much. This has a bad side, in that those posts need proofreading badly. The good side, and much more important to me, is the lack of editing allowed ideas to pour out. While when I go back and read some of that blog I cringe, I also see ideas that still inform my gaming to this day. I was proud of https://peopletobe.blogspot.com/2010/02/pdf-costs-and-screwing-up-long-tail.html
When I look at the period of writing fiction that produced “The Visions of Cireb” was a similar ability to let go. Sure, only two stories from that period have been shared in some form. “The Visions of Cireb” is on Amazon. I am publishing “The Lost Daughter of Amazons” on WattPad. There are a few other stories from that era I finished, but have left in a draw. The period ended with my one novel. Since then, I have become afraid to write that freely.
Having to write every day, about something, just to get a blog post, might be what I need to break the damn. I have a longer, more traditional blog post in first draft for tomorrow. Wednesday, of course, will be my Groundhog Day resolutions update. Beyond that, there isn’t a plan beyond having at least a few hundred words about something up every day at 6 pm here in Georgia.
The question I’m interested in answering is, will I burn out or will this be the spur that gets me writing again? Will, like Mary Spender, I find that in the doing is the spark that inspires more, and better, doing. That is my hope, but the only way to know is by trying.