One of the biggest mistakes I think I made as an aspiring writer is forgetting exactly why I started writing to begin with. There was one point where it was not about word counts, not about the number of views I got on the blog, it was about just being goofy.
A few days ago I was going through my older blogs and noticed “Wow I had so much more fun back then”. But then people started giving me tips
“Write on a regular schedule or people will stop reading your blog”
“Write about your travels, people love reading about your travels”
“Make sure you write 500 words a day, no forget 500 you should write 5000 words a day…you know since you are writing a 5000 words a day you might as well write trillion. Yes every poor writer who wishes to be a mediocre writer should write at least a trillion words a day.”
And time and time again it led to spurts of massive amount s of writing. But it also led to me being burnt out. I stopped enjoying writing. I started dreading when I posted because that meant the timer was being restarted again for the next blog to be written.
My writing suffered and more importantly I suffered. I never really learned because I looked in my history of my blogs and yes all the time it followed the same pattern…greatness, awesome fantastic writing, followed by well meaning advice followed by writing getting worse then I would stop writing.
So on this current round “burn out and give up” phase of writing I am trying new things. I am trying (and utterly failing) to write a story based on ideas I am learning in Quantum Physics. I suppose if there is a lesson to be learned is that Quantum Physics and writing really only work in science fiction. Even then you can’t mention it is Quantum Physics. Namely I assume because Quantum physics is considered boring (it is) and a lot to do with math (it does) but it also can be applied to philosophy and through that it can be used in writing.
Or , alternatively, it can be terrible.
I am also trying basing my stories on pictures I have taken. When I take these pictures I use them mainly to post on Facebook and what I thought was “wow wouldn’t it be cool to use it to move my story along?” especially now since I realized that the real story has no legs while I am here in America. This garnered a slightly better response. My favorite was 1717 which was based on paintings that my friend had done. I still think there is something in this idea
Of course it has not all been a waste. Getting in the practice of writing (occasionally) every day has made me realize what it will take to make this story successful. Also it has helped me work out characters who had just been ideas before. Also not all the scenes have been a waste (okay the one in the airport was terrible) and I think it is something to build on in the future.
Although personally I think the lack of coffee is to blame.