Monday, November 5, 2012

How far your creative writing can go?

I always enjoy to try my hand on new domains and to address various subjects. For years I've read regularly scientific reports on various domains and while working my PhD in history, the complicated works on geology helped me to refresh my writing.

On the other hand, I discovered in the last two days that my creativity is getting limited. An old customer - for whom I wrote a lot of nice recipes - was so happy with my work that he hired me again, this time to cover various topics related to worms. 'Of course I can write about this, I always loved science and natural sciences particularly', I said to myself but as the deadline was getting closer, my enthusiasm disappeared completely. Finally, overwhelmed by other emergencies, I started the work - the kind of work that in my good days I can finish within 10 hours, with editing and research. However, after 1,000 words and many diverse and disgusting worms, I needed to stop and listen to an audio book in German, eventually. The last 2,000 words took me an eternity to finish, with more and more disgusting details revealed. Another batch of articles on similar topics is waiting to be finished in the next days. Because I do not want to disappoint, will finish this task - although I thought at least 5-6-7 times that I better give up than to further with that stupidity. 

On the other hand, I know that at least for a couple of months, my new job will keep me away from 'writing for nothing about everything'. Is not so bad to be full time freelance writer in your free time.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Another year without NaNoWriMo

The last year I was so focused on my personal life and professional challenges that it was completely out of question to write one single word for NaNoWriMo. This year I worked a lot my English, improved tremendously my non-professional aspects of my life and grew up spiritually, but as I landed a new job in between and I still need to fight at least for two weeks to finish some individual projects I will be able to put on hold my NaNoWriMo ideas. 

Of course I have at least 3 projects of books that will need some special time in the next month in order to be finished. The book I completed two years ago, on the occasion of my first - and hope not the last - involvement in this amazing project - still needs some proof review. But what I will probably do soon after the projects are over, will be to start by playing the NaNoWriMo competition each month. Of course I do not plan to launch in the next 12 months a book each month, but at least I need to work seriously my writing projects and get rid of the feeling of frustration from the last 12 months, when I went caught in various time consuming initiatives that wasted by time without too much financial reward. 

As my new job will not involve too much writing, I can use at least one hour the day for writing, researching and editing my books. Probably the next stop will be to set up an even stricted time management program for looking forward to a more rewarding writing life.

To all those intensively working to their NaNoWriMo works: Good luck! And see you soon!