Writerly Explorations and Observations

LindseyBW3I am a writer. I will write this sentence at the beginning of each day in my venue – 750words.com. So far, I have written 750 words or more (a total of 240,159) in 188 of 189 days.

Two days ago, I posted nearly all my daily content from this site to my blog (http://bit.ly/NeoIdl) and received a few more reads than I usually get. And as I check out google.com/analytics today, I see that my number of readers has doubled. This is not something to get too excited about because I have not been having that many readers in the first place. But it is interesting to consider the cause and effect principle at work. I write. I tweet / facebook about it. They come to read and one even submitted a meaningful comment. Large oaks from small acorns grow. Let me see what I can do with today’s writing.

In previous years, I bridled about not being able to find enough readily available information about my topic du jour. My sources were the public library and 20th century book stores. Today, after adding the internet to my sources, I’m finding more information about each of my interests than I can deal with.

For instance, after my last blog, I started following some of the links that I found directly from the CopyBlogger webinar or indirectly from some of those links.

One of the most interesting of those links led me to the New Hampshire Writer’s Network and their website called Live to Write – Write to Live. There seems to be several published authors and lots of practicing writers at this site. I spent nearly 2 hours scanning the site, reading what is working for some of them, what some problems areas are, what to do about that ever present problem of writer’s block, and just words of encouragement for each other.

There is a sidebar list of 70 categories that these folks have created at least one post about. Being a techie, I linked into the Technology category and among other things, I found this “someecards” saying that made me laugh out loud. “I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account so I just go around announcing out loud what I’m doing at random times. I’ve got 3 followers so far, but I think 2 are cops.” I don’t often laugh out loud when I’m alone but I did after reading this. This was part of Jamie Lee Wallace’s post, “Why social media is a good idea for writers”, October 2, 2013. 

Then from somewhere, I can’t remember the source, I linked to a Pinterest URL about Getting Help with your Writing and I was off. Nearly 3 hours later at 3:30am, I came to, feeling temporarily satiated about the many facets of writing. Just as a note of interest, this link is open in a browser tab as I write. Lots of short, quick shots of writer energy catalysts.

On this site, I was reacquainted with Natalie Goldberg, the author of one of my in-process reading books, Writing Down the Bones. And as I examined some of her Pinterest pins,  I found that a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Network, Debra Lee Luskin had written about Morning Papers  which is the idea about writing first thing in the morning that led me to doing exactly what I’m doing now, writing 750 words (or more) every day.

I feel like I’m in great company.

Moving on. I am a book lover. Until a couple of years ago, my library consisted mostly of technical books relating to the activity of web site creation and maintenance. But slowly as my interests began to change I began acquiring books about writing. Most of my library now consists of writerly topics. But as I’ve discovered, having a lot of writerly books does not a writer make.

But reading them and applying learned topics does make a writer. I successfully completed the to-me unbelievable goal of writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November for the NaNoWriMo 2013 event.

The result was not novel material but it was an average of 1,667 words every day for 30 days through a vacation, an allergy attack, and other normal daily irregularities.

See my blog entry about that effort, Successful Completion of NaNoWriMo with 2 Days to Spare.

I have written more. I have written over 240,000 words since September 8th, 2013, the date that I started writing at 750words.com. They are not all pearls but some of them fit together rather well.

Speaking of my library, which I wasn’t, I discovered a couple of books that are joining my unwieldly stack of to-reads – The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and How to Blog Your Book by Nina Amir. You can look these up at Amazon.com.

Reading from the Writer’s Journey has caused me to consider taking a favorite book and identifying the archetypes and the story progression as my next NaNoWriMo project in November of 2014, only 7 intervening months.

What do you think? Would YOU do a study like that? Identifying the hero, the mentor, the herald, the shadow, the trickster, the threshold guardian, and the shapeshifter? Tell me. Inquiring Lindseys want to know.

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  1. Webster,
    Thanks for sharing the link to my post about social media for writers. Happy to know you’re enjoying our work on Live to Write – Write to Live. Looking forward to checking out more of the links you shared!


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