Today is a day of changes. Sort. The following are five commandments of the Book Boulevard that I’ve sort of been following already, but that I wished to share with you as well. Part of my goal with this blog is to be transparent. I want to share with where I can and where I deem appropriate.
Even if you haven’t seen Groundhog Day, you’re probably familiar with the premise: a guy goes to a town. He has a day. And the next morning, he wakes up, and it’s the same day. He ends up living the same day—with variations—over and over until the end of the movie.
What do you do when writing starts to feel like that?
After 30 days of writing every day, I broke my #writechain. In my defense, the day was otherwise very productive: I had a long job interview, and then spent the night with my mom (whom I don’t get to see very often). I didn’t even realize until the following morning that I hadn’t written.
Today, I’m starting over.
A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on what #writechain is and my experience with it. Today, I want to talk about three concerns and challenges one might face in attempting to write every day (if one were to try).
BUT WAIT, there’s more! I’ll even be offering a potential solution to each of them! | end bad car salesperson persona.
Good day, travelers! Today, I’ll be chatting a little bit about one of my characters. Every month, Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In host Beautiful People, which is a creative writing link-up intended to help writers develop their characters by asking a series of 10 questions. I put up a poll on Twitter to see whom you guys wanted to learn more about, and you voted for Mateo from Kadabra Way.
Welcome travelers! It’s time for another metaphor.
#writechain is a hashtag spearheaded by creator Faye of Writerology (if you’re into psychology, check out her blog, where she takes a psychological approach to writing!). The idea is to write every day—the word count or other amount being whatever you set it as—and to build your chain through that. Each day is one link. If you miss a day, you break the chain, and have to start over. Simple enough, right?
So what’s the point?
Quantity of quality, surprisingly enough. Some of you may rebel at the mere idea, but remember that anonymous quote that talks about the impossibility of editing a blank page?
For now, I wanted to talk a little bit about my personal experience with #writechain and the “rules” that I’ve set for myself.
So there’s been a little bit of drama with booktube lately, but, honestly, enough people have addressed it that I don’t really want to. Instead, I’d like to discuss a different thing.
If you follow me on twitter (link at the bottom of this post), you might have noticed that I was really excited about going on a book-buying binge. See, every year, I save up all the Barnes and Noble gift cards I get (which I get primarily on Christmas and my birthday) until employee appreciation week when the employee discount on books increases.
Yesterday was the first day of that week, and I bought a nice little mountain of books for relatively cheap. This all had me thinking about how I decided to go buy a book, which books I buy, and my general buying habits. For a vaguely related discussion, you can check out my post on libraries from aabout a year ago. I also posted my thoughts on book hauls a few months ago.