For any of you who know me personally, I have been trying to keep up with this project called 750 words for the last few days. And so far, I have been successful.
Although to any of you university types this may seem redundant, I think one principle of writing that is never stressed enough is "write". Seriously. I mean, sometimes I create these blogs just to make sure I am using some form of my talent. Or lack thereof.
One of my professors recently introduced www.750words.com to me, and now I am hooked. It's a website that explains you to yourself and allows you to write as much as you want, every day, privately. Sorta. I mean, everything on the web's accessible to some.
Anyway, the average flash fiction length is 750 words. Generally there is a 1,000-word cap, but most often, editors, professors, and the like want to see these 7oo-750 counts with the submitted writings.
So, although this isn't necessary, I've chosen to either write a random flash fiction piece, samples to future works, or a story to a series, each and everyday. Right now, I writing on each part of a new series for at least 750 words. I'm skating around 800 quite often.
I may never make anything out of the aforementioned piece, but at least I am writing. And it makes ya feel real good about it, too.
I'm not much for advertising other people's products, but you should definitely give this a shot, especially if you're the writing type. There're contests too. Prizes? Who knows.
Summer's already gone, at least for me. School starts before long. I know this because I smell the strong gust of paperwork and paper-money coming from the Bursar office. All I am left to think, is that I haven't accomplished many of the things I set out to do this summer.
Before we begin, let me explain that I blame work. Yes, the workplace. The ultimate scapegoat.
Long hours of making someone else a lot of money will definitely drain you and put you out of the writing mood. I tried writing at work a few times, but of course, someone always found me and asked, "Whatcha writing."
"I don't know yet," I said.
"Well, you don't see too many people writing on the break bench or in the break room." And so on. The ranting, ranting, ranting, ranting. The wasting of my time.
Yeah, no one writes on break because no one can write on break. At least not if you're working alongside other people. Not that I hate the people. I just wish a certain few weren't the whatcha-reading-whatsitabout type.
I just think it's strange how we spend so much time attempting to please ungrateful bosses who cut hours for the sake of a small fiscal year-end bonus, and how we work hard when someone else is losing money. Most of us don't get paid commission.
Point being, summers such as these prove to be great times for pursuing talents, hobbies, crafts, and the like. But little things always get in the way.
I am beginning to think that I should stop reading Fight Club. Weird, another favorite book is American Psycho. Starting to notice a trend?
Other than what I've mentioned in previous blogs, and a few very personal notes, one of the few great things to happen to me this summer, was my voluntary transition to eBooks.
I'm not trying to integrate any form of product endorsement here, but I purchased an eBook reader from a certain bookstore and since then, I've been amazed. One of the first books I bought: Fight Club.
Though I was a naysayer before using the aforementioned device, I didnt understand how eBooks were catching on. But now I can't put down the thing. It's like reading a book and playing a video game all at once.
PRODUCT INTEGRATION: Books from Wild Child Publishing also look pretty good. Can't wait to see what EXCLUDED looks like, which will be available for purchase in the eBook format sometime in the near-future.
Out of all this, you should know that a few stories have been published. Check out Full of Crow on the READ page, and another is coming out. Also see the READ page.
And I am editing a novel and working on a third. For now, though, there's EXCLUDED, which you should all read.
Quit your jobs.
Buy my book (when it comes out) with your last paycheck.
Keep checking back.
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