Hello internet world, or whomever it is that may eventually stumble upon this website.
It’s the 4th of January 2016, and I am fast approaching the end of my twenties. Anyone who knows me would vouch for the fact that I’m not a particularly self-indulgent or introspective person, so rather than go off on a tangent to try and summarise these years, I’ll simply say that I had a blast, and now it’s time for the next chapter. Chapter is a rather apt word to use here, as the whole reason for setting up this blog is to give me an excuse and platform to write. I have spent the last decade talking about how I love to write, how I’d love nothing more than to make my hobby my career, or to at least see one of my stories through to completion. So here I find myself, approaching the big 30, and on a somewhat considered whim I have set myself a challenge.
In exactly one years time, on my 31st birthday, I will be holding a completed novel that I have written from scratch, and published online.
Now I’m not expecting to set the literary world on fire, but unless I do something now I’ll reach my forties and still be no closer to my dream. I come up with stories all the time, but most of these become nothing more than notes on my phone. Sometimes I write a few thousand words and then life just takes over. Either that or the PlayStation. The closest I have gotten was completing NaNoWriMo in 2013, but rather that carry the story on, I have a 50,000 word manuscript sat doing nothing on my hard-drive. So, for the next year this is going to become my full time job (in addition to my actual job). If I end up with a pile of garbage, it’ll be my pile of garbage, and at least I tried.
As part of the challenge I’m going to write on this blog everyday if I can. To make sure I do that I’ve already signed up for a three year subscription, so believe me I’m going to get my money’s worth. I need to get over my internal editor and realise that not everything has to be perfect all the time. I think this has held me back from committing anything of considerable length to the page. So from now on I’m just going to write. I figure my ideas are better on the page than just in my head, and I’ll worry about editing at the end. I’ll use this blog to update my progress (word count), and also pull together different resources that are helping to support me. I also intend to post extracts of my work. If for no other reason than to get some of my writing out there for the first time in my life. I’m sure lots of things will get in the way and I’ll have to adapt how I see this playing out, but one way or another I’m going to write a book this year, and even if I upload it for free I’m going to publish it online.
A big thank you to Scott Chow at theblogstarter for his excellent guide on starting a blog. I literally followed it to the letter and was ready to start blogging in a few minutes. There is also a link through his website for a discount with web host service bluehost. Thanks again.