I’m not sure what clicked or snapped or what, but since I signed on with Suite101.com last week, I set a goal to put out two articles a day, given that the articles in question are 400-600 word research articles, and I have “picked” herbal profiles (with the intention later of linking them together for remedies). Last night, I realized that I could probably do more than that, and while I was loitering in a lounge (very comfy, with good food and nice beer), I managed to crank out another article for a completely different magazine, and with good effect.
Like I said… I’m not sure what happened, but I’m actually starting to feel like maybe this writing thing wasn’t just a hack-attempt at self-sabotage. I’ve gone through the “holy crap, I really can’t write for shit!” phase, and stumbled through the “keep pens away from me, I’ll just hurt myself” phase, and finally I’ve reached the “what the hell else am I going to do with all this crap in my head?” phase, and started committing it to electrons.
I have posted ten articles on Suite101, and that makes me ten articles behind (for my original schedule I set out for myself, oh you meany-head). But, if I’m loafing on that goal so that I can put out at least six other articles for other magazines that will actually produce income, I’m okay with that.
I’m going to try the Rule of Thirteen. Somewhere out there, there’s this thought/belief/superstition that if you have thirteen pieces of work out for submission at any given time, at least one of them will hit and you’ll get a check. (This is, of course, assuming that you can write.)
I just had a thought on what “did it for me” in turning the corner. I was moping at myself (very quietly, so no one else could hear) one day about how I couldn’t write anymore, and when I looked at the stuff I wrote before, I shuddered with embarrassment, and then I got to thinking: if I recognize that a thing is of poor quality, I should also be able to assess how it can be better. At the same time, I realized that I was, in actuality, putting out anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 words a day on the various forums and sites that I frequent and am paid to maintain. What if I took some of that extra stuff (especially the good advice bits) and put them into a SINGLE document…?
I think you can see where it went from there.
Completely unrelated, I think my laundry detergent is trying to kill me. If you don’t hear from me soon, you know what happened.