Since I am usually stuck in the creation phase when it comes to writing, it's a little joke of mine that I'm an author and not a writer because authors create while writers, well, write. My hope is that blogging will spur me into action and help me move from the brainstorming/creation phase and on to the real hard part - writing.
I think I'm organized. I took all my story ideas, put each into a nice little chart with four headings: Working Title, Genre, Plot and Ideas. All in all, I have 14 charts of potential stories. And then there they sit, sifted from one pile only to sit in another pile on my desk. It feels like a Sisyphean task, ceaselessly rolling the boulder up the hill, watching it roll down, only to push it back up again.
Evidently, I like only the start of things, the inception phase, playing dress-up but never putting on the play.
I don't think of myself as a writer, but I do jokingly think of myself as an author. I have created story premises, so technically I'm an author, right? Admittedly, it's a bit of self-indulgent nonsense, but a writer has to start somewhere. And speaking of beginnings, I have read tons of books about writing and scoured dozens of forums giving advice on how to write. So, have I written? Just a little.
So, here's a start - I will write out my mission statement.
My mission statement for this blog is to put writing advice into practice. I will do my best to post regularly my trials and tribulations when following the advice from random online articles, quotes on how to write from famous authors, as well as advice from critique groups.
There. That wasn't so bad.
But, I am a procrastinator at heart, so first thing's first. I need to organize my mess! I have dozens of story ideas written in so many different places that I simply must collate them and make them more accessible for when I finally decide to start what I started.