So, it’s been a while since I’ve written here, and while I can’t deny that’s it’s partially out of procrastination, it’s also because I’ve been writing elsewhere. A lot.
I now have a steady writing gig (known from here on as COT) going on (though no, I’m not being paid for it) which requires fortnightly submissions which consumes much of my writing time. I am truly enjoying the work, sharing the story and taking this first step of putting my work out there for others to read. So far I’ve received plenty of positive feedback, primarily focused on my ideas and writing style – I’ve only submitted five pieces thus far so I think it’s too early to expect/accept compliments regarding my ability to tell an actual story.
Along with that project, I have officially started what will be my first novel. This is an origin story for a character I’ve been working/writing with for a long time now, and with the skeleton done I’ve now made plans to actively begin writing. Though this story has been kicking around for a long time and I’ve indeed started writing it once before, this will be a more structured and serious approach to telling this story.
For starters, I am actually committed to the idea of trying to get this published so write not just for hell of it but with a fixed goal of completion in mind. Secondly, the aforementioned skeleton that details the planned events of the story from start to finish. Granted, this will no doubt change as I write and new ideas emerge, but in the meantime it gives me a sense of structure for main events of the story.
To complicate my writing schedule further (aside from the normal pressures and responsibilities of day-to-day life) I still have several other side-projects that I intend to post here someday. I have a plethora of unfinished posts that are meant to go up at some point and just never got past the proofreading stage, and I think that is where part of my problem lies.
I enjoy writing, I enjoy posting my writing, but I am concerned that anything I put out to the public is not an accurate reflection of my skills. So, I hesitate to post things without having proofread them a dozen or more times, and even then I am uncomfortable. This same issue is what prevents me from asking those close to me to act as my proofreaders – they might see something that makes them think less of my skills, which is of course ludicrous.
I think overcoming this mentality will be one of my greatest challenges to moving forward with my writing, though I hope that my COT work will assist me with it as I’m forced to trust my editors to review my work before it’s published. In addition, I think it will be very important for me to sit down and just write out posts like this more often without worrying too much about typos or missed words, the latter of which tends to be the greatest source of mistakes for me.
In other news, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a YouTube channel. Those I’ve broached with the idea have been supportive, though I can’t be certain they’re not just humouring me. I’m told I have a pleasant enough speaking voice and a wide array of interests and areas of knowledge, so it’s not as if I don’t have options as to a topic to focus on for such a project. Perhaps, if I do start one, I’ll do a little bit of everything and just see what takes off.