It is interesting to see where this will go.
If you want to write, you must write. Or, so goes the infamous advice from almost every bestselling author around. I read the advice for the last time today. It is time to follow it! I have attempted to in the past, but I always put in half-hearted effort and let it go by the wayside. This time will be different for one simple reason: arenas. I have a new system I started in 2016, or perhaps late 2015, that uses either a metric or a check system to log my goals on a each calendar day in four different squares. The advice was to keep it simple, so I stick with only four, two simple ones and two relatively harder ones.
The second part is to track the time you spent working on each goal by creating an arena just for that one specific goal. If you add up your time spent on one goal, at the end of the week and/or month you will see how much time you have actually spent working on your goal. This is the arena for your one specific goal. Carving out 30 minutes a day may not seem like a lot, but it can bog you down when attempting to repeat day after day. I know it has in the past for me. Yet, by tracking my arena time, I can look back on a month and see how much progress I have made towards the magic of 10,000. Just like the rule of 10,000 repetitions used for muscle memory, 10,000 hours spent in practicing a skill is seen as the point where one with natural abilities can enhance their skills to become a master. I have taken my metric and check system and amped it to the next level with the presence of arenas. Sure, I am looking to start writing 500 words a day and increasing the count until I have reached a habit or cranking out 1,000 words a day, but I am also going to be logging my time. I am slowly on my way to 10,000 hours of practice.
Where will this take me? I am not fully sure. How am I to describe this blog? I am in no way sure.
Literature is the way we process and communicate human nature to one another. I want to be a part of that communication.
This space is an outlet, a way for me to practice the discipline I need in order to be in a place I want to be. I want to write and publish books, whether they be full length novels, serials, or short stories. I understand that I will never be the next big thing, though I admit the prospect does come up in a few fantastical daydreams I live out in the private corners of my mind. In reality, I want to self publish and put my words out there for the world to glean. Maybe readers will take something away from my stories. Perhaps they will simply find enjoyment for the hours they are reading. In either scenario I will be content because there is something happening when I am able to communicate with others via the written word.