As part of my sponsorship of the Write-a-Book-in-a-Year Club at the high school, I have established a club blog. Our librarian, Ira Creasman, will contribute articles to the blog too. We want the kids to have a place for advice and writing resources that are aimed at them.
Here is my blog entry for this week:
I love starting a new story. There’s something special about a blank sheet of paper. It feels like beginning a long hike into unexplored forest.
There seems to be a continuum of approaches to starting a writing project, from the I-have-no-idea-where-I’m-going writer who starts anyway, to the writer who can’t begin a project unless there’s a completed outline (and the outliners start with nothing too, remember).
Certainly there are many ways that a writing project can go awry (although successful writers hardly every think of a project as going “awry.” They think of writing projects that have taken a new direction), the surest ways to not succeed are not starting, not working consistently, or not working at all.
For the Write-a-Book-in-a-Year Club, a great way to be sure that you are behaving like a successful writer is to have completed work every week.
Make a goal for yourself to always send in a WIP, and to always be able to tell the group that you’ve made real progress on your project.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” I believe he was right.