Leading up to my first Weekend Write, I have to admit I was nervous. All this month, I've been supposedly working on an outline for a novel I was to write and to gear myself up to work on it during the months of February and March.
There is no shame to my game, so I'll tell the truth: I did nothing. Been dealing with school, getting back into the swing of things (still not there yet), and a big bout of depression. I barely could get my mind around school-related issues, so doing anything creative was out of the question.
But I planned to use WW as a wake-up call. I told people about it, so they were expecting me to do something, and never being one to disappoint, I wrangled up the nerve and energy to do SOMETHING creative.
And I'm proud to report the first day has been successful.
And this is mostly the case because I had a deadline! I was asked if I'd like to contribute to an anthology and to be considered, I had to submit an outline for a story. The deadline? The 31st. I was supposed to have been done this, but yeah, well, not making excuses. I just didn't do it.
So I used the vast majority of my waking hours today to develop a story description, my characters, a scene breakdown, and then an outline for the short story. As I type this, I have a sisterfriend-writer reading the outline before I ship it off. Crossing fingers the outline is accepted and I get put into the anthology. I'll let you guys know what happens with it.
Also, while working on the outline today, I began to think about my writing life and what I want from it. Been so out of the loop with my own writing lately that I had begun to lose what defined me as a writer and thus what I was going to do to illustrate this definition storywise.
Well, I have a strategic plan now on where I plan to go, what I plan to do...with more on that coming soon.
Let's just say that for the first time in a long time I feel like writing again. And THAT is awesome, :-)
My goal for tomorrow's WW? It's two-fold. I have some articles that need to be written and submitted to online outlets I have columns with. Also, I want to break out the next novel project, look at it, and make a plan to see where to go with it next.
Will holler tomorrow.