Submitted by megan on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 00:22
I've been mulling this idea over for a few weeks now, maybe a month. Told a few friends. And now I will tell you all, in the hopes that if everybody knows about it, I'll be too embarrassed to slack off and not do it.
By the end of 2009, my goal is to have something book-like assembled.
Now, I realize that this is not a particularly lofty goal. Some people might, perhaps, say "I will have a book finished by the end of 2009."
However, I have never written a book and I don't know how to manage it like that. What I do know how to do, and very well by now, is to take an image, or small event, maybe a snippet of dialogue, and turn it into a piece of short non/fiction.
So that's what I'm doing. My 20 minute exercises, my writing dates, I write what basically amounts to blog posts. Loosely based on my life, but now that I'm listening right, folding words and phrases and other people's stories.
I can do that for the next 10 months. Just write.
By January 2010, I figure I'll have enough material to start sorting it into some kind of order. From there, I'll figure out what gaps are left and what big edits need to be made, and then I will spend a good chunk of 2010 filling in those gaps and making those edits. Sending chunks of it out to the world.
Watch out world.