Have you ever been in the middle of something and decided that you should probably be keeping track of it somehow? Welcome to the life of an amateur writer, would-be novelist and (mostly) unpublished fiction author.
To be clear, I’m not a Day 1 amateur author who suddenly decided to be a novelist. I’ve been writing for a long time — since I was a kid, in fact — but I never really got around to putting my work out there to be published. I’d like to say that I tried and failed, but mostly I just got busy doing other things.
It’s something that I’d like to change.
This blog is a representation of that. I probably should’ve started tracking things a bit sooner but, you know: busy. Maybe one day, this blog be a repository of all things writing. My thoughts and opinions on X, Y, or Z, and maybe some tips and tricks for amateur writers and fans who want to know a little bit more about the process.
For now, though, it’s a scoreboard. While I’ve published somewhat extensively in other areas, fiction has always been that sore spot where I’ve never gotten my work out there. So, cards on the table, here’s where I’m at:
Why Do It This Way?
It took me a long time to figure out that I’m an individual who can focus on metrics. That’s not to say that I’m a competitive person; I’m generally not. However, I’m a task oriented individual and, to stay on task, I need something to focus on. So, instead of just sending random writing out, getting rejected, and never submitting again (been there, done that), a scoreboard is a great way to remind me to keep pushing forward.
That’s the only way the needle moves, after all.
So, here we go: Mission Start
Wish me luck!