Sunday, September 30, 2007

1,000 Words...

1,000 words, or so that is the goal. The daily goal. I have considered myself a writer for some time now. Hell, I have even been published. Nationally. But lately I have allowed procrastination to sink in.

While I have felt the writing bug gnawing at me for a while, I instead have been looking for every reason not to write. I read. I sleep. I work. I eat. I clean. I conduct 'research'. But when it comes to the actual writing, I have yet to make the perverbial college try.

My last article was published in 2004. 3 years ago. My last PAID article, anyhow. I have written quite a few pieces since then, including miscellaneous blog posts and even a few marketing articles that were ultimately published on several websites. Nonetheless, my writing has not been of the kind that has brough it any income and, ultimately, that is why I have always wanted to be a writer.

So, here I am. I got a new blog. A clean slate, if you will. The funniest part is that yesterday, I sat down to write a post, and just stared at the screen. Today, I was determined not to do the same. Today, I would actually make my first post to this particular blog.

In addition to posting here on a regular basis, I plan on using this blog to chronicle my adventures with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month which starts November 1st. The goal is to complete a novel within a month's time. I have had several ideas mulling around this old noggin of mine for sometime, but once again, I have yet to put pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard. We'll see if this helps any.

As a NaNoWriMo participant, my goal will be to write at least 1,000 words, EVERY DAY, for 30 days (Nov. 1 - 30, 2007). In all reality, that should be the goal of any writer. Whether writing articles or books, 1,000 words a day is not all that much when you consider that most novels run 60,000 - 80,000 words. For non-fiction, the word count is generally smaller at 40,000 - 50,000, unless of course we are talking an academic piece.

The big contest on the NaNoWriMo site is 50,000 words, so in all reality, I will probably shoot for more like 1,700 words a day. Will I make it? Who the hell knows. I am going to try. If for no other reason, at least I will be able to feel a bit better about myself when I call myself a writer.

Thanks for stopping by. Stick around and see if I make it. Leave some comment love if you wish. If not, oh well.

Until next time...