I'VE BEEN READING these post on Twitter and Facebook from artist who have given themselves the task of 100 days or 30 days of art assignments. In which, everyday they draw something, anything, in order to stay active. I've found that artist, whether writers or visual artist, have to keep moving. We have to continuously practice our craft or we become stale and then we're of no use to anyone.
In saying all of this, what I've decided to do is to get active. Ever since high school, I've enjoyed writing but I've never given the craft the proper attention it deserves. For the last fifteen years, give or take a year or two, I've had this unhealthy notion that I'm the greatest writer never to be published. I felt that I was just as good as Salinger or some of the other respected authors. Although, it was, and still is, important for me to have confidence in my ability, I was getting the cart before the horse. So, at the age of 32 I'm doing what I needed to do from the beginning, or at least at the age of 22, I'm beginning. I choose the term, beginning, because I can't start over what I never started.
Today is April 9, 2013 and starting today I will begin writing. No matter if anyone likes it or if anyone reads it, I'm going to write something each day. Exactly what I write, I'm not sure. Suggestions are always helpful. But I hope to cover a wide range of things, from articles, essays, short stories, book chapters, outlines, notes, journal entries, etc. But there are a few things that I'm not going to count in this 30 Days of Writing that includes this blog entry or any to follow, these are conversations with you, nor will tweets or any social media post.
I will try to post pictures of any long hand assignments that I do. And of any documents that I write, I'll post links to them on this blog. My purpose in doing this is to be able to complete something. It's my hope to use this as a stepping stone. So, here's to going back in time to 22 years old and hopefully by the time I'm 32 again I'll be able to look back on this blog and thank myself.