What I’ve Learned in the Last 36 Days

I took a vacation with my family this past weekend to Jejudo, a very nice Korean Island about 45mins south of Busan by plane, so my planned post to comment on the first month of this blog’s life didn’t happen on time. I’m here now though so let me tell you some things I’ve learned over my first 36 days of blogging and working at being a writer.

  • I need to write more.
  • To write more I’ll need to start creating a scheduled writing time. Despite my efforts to avoid it at all costs it looks like “writing time” is going to have to be “early morning time”. As someone who hates mornings on principle this will take some getting used to.
  • Twitter is a pretty cool place if used thoughtfully.
  • Twitter is internet concentrate with all the addictive, where-did-the-time-go, elements left in.
  • I seem to respond well to an externally imposed deadline, even if there are no true consequences of failing to meet said deadline.
  • I seem to flounder somewhat without such a deadline.
  • Reading books and blogs and listening to podcasts about writing can be really useful and interesting but those things are taking up time I could be using to write. This is important to remember because:
  • I need to write more.
  • As annoying as spam is in your email it is probably 10,000 times more annoying over twitter and infinitely more annoying posted as comments on your blog.
  • I’m doing far too many of the things discussed in this post by Natalie Whipple.
  • I like writing, and I’m not going to stop.
  • The more I write the more ideas I have for stories to write. I’m starting to think that writing is a mental kind of perpetual motion.
  • I need to blog more.
  • I really need to write more.

How about any other writers out there: What did you learn early on in your writing career? What do you wish you had learned sooner or done differently?


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