My Problem Is: Friday, July 10th

So here’s my problem.

I spend approximately 10 hours / week writing these blogs. Maybe 15 hours if I’m enjoying myself. Never less than 5.

But that’s not the problem. The problem is that I’m not writing as much “story” content as I’d like. I’m getting at least one short story finished each month. But I think that I could do more. And I want to write novels at the same time.

I want to be writing stories, every damn day, because that’s the only way to write better stories.

Every minute of every day counts. So when I think about 10 hours per week of blogging, or 40 hours per month, well that’s a lot of valuable hours. And maybe more of those should be spent writing stories instead of writing about writing stories.

Now I’ve been going 4 months of blogging 5 days a week. I’ve never missed a day and I’m proud of that. But what are goals worth if they’re not steering you in the right direction.

But I can’t just quit blogging. I can’t even just say, “OK, now I’ll cut back to two days a week.”

Because I’m afraid that, if I did that, it wouldn’t actually lead to more story writing. Maybe it would just lead to more Youtube Watching, or more Bike Riding, or more Sleeping in on Sundays.

So here’s my brilliant solution / compromise.

I’m going to keep posting 5 days a week. Only some of those posts will not be “nonfiction blogs”, they’ll be some kind of story, some kind of serial or ongoing fiction plot-line.

That way, I’ll keep the daily posting, which I like because it kicks my ass into producing every day whether I like it or not, but I’ll turn more of those hours into “story producing hours.”

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Now that I’ve had the idea. I know this needs to happen. But I’m scared to do it. Because it will probably mean even more weekly work. It will mean I need to plot a full story arc (or two) before I can begin the first installment. And it will mean publishing more stories at a faster rate, which for me feels more high stakes than just a nonfiction blogpost.

So because I’m scared to start this, I’m gonna go ahead and say, “to begin at an undetermined date.”

So, hopefully in the next month of so… (that’s the anxiety talking again)

I’ll jump into a slightly different routine of… 1 short story per month. 2 blog posts per week about writing. And 3 installments of a short story series per week. Or something along those lines.

Obviously I’ve got a lot to figure out. But right now the idea feels right. More to come.

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Have a fluffy, feathery weekend everyone!!

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2 thoughts on “My Problem Is: Friday, July 10th

  1. I’m glad you’re wrestling with this idea. I know it is a difficult decision to make because once it’s made, you will keep your commitment to yourself/this community of readers, and 1-3 stories a week is a big commitment. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what decision you make. One question to ponder: Isn’t the practice of daily writing just as important as creating stories? It seems that once you have a well developed story to tell, this practice of daily writing will serve you so well. There is a great story already living inside of you, and your work now seems to be preparing you for that. However, it may not be enough. Only you know if need to be telling more consistent stories.
    Looking forward to hearing about the decision you make Jackson.

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    • Thanks for the feedback Chris. I want to feel like I’m being productive in the right direction. And not just productive for the hell of it. But you’re right that the daily discipline is helpful in and of itself.

      I want to get to the point where I can be churning out quality stories every week. But I’m definitely a long ways out from that.

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