I joined 750words.com. This is a beginning of a new writing test for me. What does that mean? Practice. 750 words a day? Wow! That sounds like a lot. I am not sure I say that many words in a conversation? But writing 750 words? A Day? Really? I know, most writers, write thousands of words a day.
About five years ago, a friend turned me onto the Artists Way book. I bought it. I read it. I even did a lot of the exercises. I found the morning pages to be the hardest. To get up and do a brain dump, before I was even fully awake? It was a little on the impossible side for someone like me.
I have been an avid reader for thirty plus years, mostly romance (yes romance) and romance thrillers. About two years ago I fell into the business of working with authors and converting their books to ebooks. What a great marriage for someone like me. I get to work with great authors and I get to read.
One of our authors, is a well-known published romance writer. We started by converting all of her books to ebooks and designing new covers. The story of how and when she got started in writing books is a fascinating story and was a huge inspiration to someone like me. You see, I have always wanted to write, but I was afraid. After listening to her, I decided to take the plunge, so I have started writing my first book.
But, Oh My God - No one tells you how much work writing is. Nor, do they tell you how long it takes. Writing should come with a warning label - MAY TAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TO DO THIS.
The best advice I have received regarding writing is from a retired editor. She told me to just write - we can always fix it later. The freedom I felt from that advice was so liberating. Then after talking to other authors and learning that they write, then rewrite, then rewrite again, and again, and again, well, you can now see why it takes so long.
Since, I’ve started writing, I have joined some writer's groups and I have taken classes. My writing is starting to improve. Technically I still am a little writing-challenged, but I am working on it.
Fiction writing comes easier for me, then business writing, or even journaling - after all that is what I read - Fiction. But I am learning. I have a bIog I call, Express Myself - Ramblings of organized (or disorganized) thoughts and ideas. It is fun to have a place that you can just talk, or in this case write, about whatever you want. Just let it loose.
So, 750 words? Here is a toast to the first day, the first 750 words and hopefully a new beginning to a new way to brain dump and be creative. And for you authors that write thousands of words a day - Good Job. You are an inspiration to us all!
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