Why?

September 8, 2008 § 2 Comments

I’ve harboured aspirations of being a writer for as long as I can remember; stretching way back to secondary school after scoring high marks from Mr. Newman for short stories based on those little space marine figurines from geek-fest shop Games Workshop. But I’ve always defeated my ambition with self-doubt and the inability to cultivate the self-discipline that creative writing demands.

My main blog was an attempt (many years later) to get writing again, but it’s lack of specialisation results in a rather haphazard collection of posts; with some simply becoming a picture with a link. In order to start writing original, creative work I have come up with the following format: taking a picture (with my girlfriend’s help) and writing a 1000-word piece of creative prose based on the picture. This approach is useful to me for two reasons:

  1. 1000 words isn’t too much of a chore. I can accomplish this much writing without the piece becoming the proverbial albatross around my neck.
  2. The finite word-length enables me to rein in my rather ‘waffling’ style, forcing me to present a central idea to the piece and deliver it with a minimum of fuss.

I’m fully expecting this creative endeavour to fall by the wayside as most of my instant ideas seem to. But, wouldn’t it be great if I actually followed this one through… creating an ever-expanding collection of work. Work that might actually start being good at some point in time.

Bring on the first piece then!

§ 2 Responses to Why?

  • Mike says:

    Good luck with your writing plan. I well understand the blog thing that ends up a mish mash of scattered events and pictures. I have 50k of words in a story of sorts that has been stuck for the past three years. Best wihes to you, Mike

    • apictureworth1000words says:

      Thank you Mike. Return to your story! 50k words is a good base to continue from – I need to write 50 of these to get to that point, not just 1 šŸ˜‰ How did you find the blog, out of curiosity?

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