Reflections

Remember those “clip shows” you got every so often in sitcoms that were just clips from previous episodes linked together with a wafer-thin plot? Well, this may end up being the blog equivalent of one of those episodes. I had half a dozen potential topics floating around in my head, but right now I can’t remember any of them. So I’m just going to look back at what I’ve posted so far and talk about that instead.

The good news is this post will probably be short (and commercial-free). It’s almost midnight here, and all I can think about is crawling into bed and sleeping for as long as possible. (Around seven hours is my guess. I can’t wait for our son to embrace the concept of sleeping in on weekends.)

Of course I could just go to bed now and forget about posting altogether. But I set myself a goal of writing a blog post every day, and I’m not ready to give up just yet.

Yes it’s only been three weeks, which is barely a blip on the blogging radar. But that’s two weeks longer than I expected it to go for, and I’ve learned a lot in those 21 days.

I’ve learned about writing every day, no matter what. (Yes, I did have one no-show when I was sick, but I still managed to get some words down on the page before crawling into bed to hack myself to sleep.)

I’ve learned to get something—anything—down quickly, rather than waiting for the perfect line to pop into my head. The page is nowhere near as intimidating when there’s something already on it.

I’ve learned about word counts, and how they can add up over time. Ignoring this post (which I’m sure a lot of people will), I’ve racked up more than 8,000 words and will probably hit 10,000 before the end of the month. Now I’ve heard people say that writing 500 words a day will give you a complete manuscript in a year, but I never really believed it until now. If I keep up this pace I’ll have around 120,000 words by the year’s end—a number I never thought possible. (Don’t worry. I won’t be trying to get my blog published. There are enough bad books out there already without me adding to the mix.)

Unfortunately the one thing I haven’t learned yet is that eleven o’clock at night is a stupid time to start writing a blog post. But I figure I’ve got plenty of time to sort that one out.

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