This is not going to be easy. But it'll be fun.
Today is October 31st, 2019. A Thursday, and I'm sitting in my room in Breiðholt — a town (district?) of Reykjavik, Iceland. This is my last night here by the way, as I'm moving to more permanent digs tomorrow.
And I decided to start a daily blog. But let's start at the beginning.
My day job is "content manager" at a software development company here in Iceland. I have been working for them for a year and a half as a freelancer, and just about six weeks ago they offered a full-time position. On site. Which I accepted, of course.
I've been doing this a while. Back in February of 2014 was when my true career (and, frankly, life) started. I've been a professional writer for over five years now, and that's a fact I'm supremely proud of. I' m also, or I like to think, a fiction writer. Science-fiction, to be precise. Except I haven't been writing much of that lately.
I've been lazy. Let's call a spade a spade. I could conjure up any number of excuses (I'm a writer: we put the 'pro' in 'procrastinate') but at the end of the day I can’t call myself a writer if I don't write.
Back to basics
This whole "moving back to Iceland" presented an opportunity to slap myself in the face. I scaled back a lot. It was a good exercise in soul-searching. And come November I decided to take part in NaNoWriMO — the National Novel Writing Month.
I figured Nano is a good tool to use to learn some focus and get back into writing. Yes, I'm pretty much writing all day every day for a living; but it's not the same. This one's for me. And it's on me.
Unlike previous attempts at Nano, this time I have an outline (a rough one, but still). And I didn't make a big deal out of it publicly. I didn't announce it or anything dramatic like that. Like I said, I'm scaling back. Accountability is good and all, but it also takes away from doing it for yourself.
I have no idea if I'll be able to finish. The word count isn't a problem, I can write 1667 words a day with one hand behind my back. No, the issue is staying focused and motivated. By not attaching too much emotion to it, and focusing on the peripheral benefits, I hope to build habit, and discover the writer in me again. And if I get a first draft for a novel written along the way: bonus!
What is this blog, then?
A journal, mostly. Figured that as long as I'm writing every day anyway, I might as well stretch it a bit further, and throw a handful hundred words on top of it.
It’ll be good to look back on it in a year. Or five. Or fifteen. See myself as I was. I have a fairly good memory (for stuff like Marvel comics and movie quotes; don't ask me about anything, y’know, real) but a written record of stray thoughts and feelings are different.
Also: I 'm a writer, as established earlier. This is what I do. It's fun for me. Relaxing even.
And yes, as much as I purposefully avoided any and all dramatic statements regarding what I'm doing, accountability is a good thing. By sticking to writing not just Nano but this blog as well, I can be accountable in some way. To whomever reads this, even if it's just me.
(Plus, I'm kind of digging the idea of someone, at some point in the future, may find these pests and finds them useful. Or at least entertaining.)
Writing about writing. And other things
Beyond doing it daily and using it as a "control group" for writing Nano, I don't have plans for this blog. I suspect writing about writing will play a big role, but I'm open to give into whatever tickles my fancy on any given day.
At some point in the future I'd like to write the kind of blog posts I write for my job: well-researched and structured. But for now it'll be enough to get them written and making at least half a sense. Blogging with literary abandon, if you will.
The point of this exercise isn't to do anything other than just keep writing. I'll figure out the rest later.