We are fast approaching my favorite month of the year – October! Why? Well, if you’re a horror buff like me, it’s only fitting for October to be such a wonderful month right? It’s the only month of the year that most people are prepared (and willing) to get scared. Because of that, I’m going to be participating in a very intense undertaking during the month of October. For every day of the month, I will post something on this blog. One day it could be a movie review, the next a picture of my daughter in this year’s Halloween costume. Who knows. You’ll just have to keep coming back each day for that day’s October offering. My intention is to cover as much as I can in terms of things that go bump in the night as well as things that fall in line with the spirit of Halloween. Also, with NaNoWriMo right around the corner in November, this will get me in writing shape to knock out those 50,000 words!
A post a day is a pretty daunting task, so before I get started, I was hoping to get some reader feedback. What types of things do you want to see this month? Take the poll, and let me know. That way, I can gear most of my content to the highest vote getters!
Happy Horror! (boy do I feel lame for saying that…)
I thought it was a good time to bring up a podcast I’ve been listening to lately. It’s called Writing Excuses and it’s hosted by three names in the genre world – Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. I started listening to it mainly because of the lecture on writing I found on YouTube from Dan Wells (plus, he’s one of my favorite authors). They’ve been doing the podcast since 2008, so I have a lot of ground to make up. I’m about halfway through 2008’s archive thus far. I would recommend it for any aspiring author (especially those wanting to write in the genre field).
The title of the podcast got me thinking. It’s called Writing Excuses, and I find reasons not to write and when I do have time to write, I agonize over minute details or resort to writing in this blog. Based on one of the podcasts I listened to today, this is essentially writer’s block. I’m not having trouble writing or coming up with writings per se, I’m having trouble starting. I’ve written a page for two different ideas and scrapped them both. What’s the mental block that’s stopping me? Well, my wife (who is 100% correct in her assessment) says it’s because I’m a perfectionist. I think she’s right. I get so critical of my writing – even in its raw first draft form, that instead of pushing forward, I come to a stand still. To expand on this, I’m scared of failure and with the realities of the publishing business (especially these days), I know my chances are slim and none that my work actually sees a commercially published form. For some reason, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that if I don’t try at all, I’ve already failed.
Here’s to sucking it up and giving it the old college try.