A few weeks ago, I wrote about how becoming an Examiner created an opportunity for me to discover a talent I didn’t even know I had.
I had no idea that writing regularly was something that I’d be able to maintain because my day job is so demanding. Op/ed writing is quite laborious. You have to find a topic, create a sound thesis, have either a good anecdote or 2-3 arguments to back up your thesis, and then close with a question or resolution that engages readers. On my Examiner page, I was only able to do 2-3 articles per month. An article on average would take me at least 2 hours. And with a day job that’s around-the-clock, you can imagine how rare it was for me to put in that much time consistently into something that wasn’t necessilary paying much. But then I realized it wasn’t about the money. I’m just a guy with an opinion who’s been through some crazy experiences and made it out with my sanity.
Writing is something that you have to have a passion for. It’s no different than the hours I put in at the gym or shooting 3 pointers. I wanted to get better at it so I had to carve out the appropriate time to perfect my craft. To not do that was to cheat my regular readers and to rob myself of gaining new readership. My commitment for 2013 is to do at least 2 articles a week. With that demand means that 30 and Beyond will shift its focus. For starters, I decided to change the layout and begin the streamlining schedule. I’ll continue to do a lot of sports posts and features because that’s my 1st love. But don’t be surprised if a week goes by and you don’t get an update to your inbox.
What I really wanted to update you guys about is my story. Back in August, I wrote an original piece entitled “Love’s Lost”. It was something that started off as a fun little exploratory project. But now, it’s becoming a full fledged short book. I say “becoming” because it’s still a work in progress. I’ve changed the title to When It Hurts. The original short short that I posted in August has now become the prologue to a bigger plot. So if you haven’t read that already, you can read it HERE.
The perfectionist in me has stressed over every sentence, verb, and dialogue exchange. I’ve also had to familiar myself with formatting. In a short, writing a short story is hard f*ckin work! I’m so excited to be able to share this experience with y’all though.
In the meantime, I’d like to get some feedback from those of you who are also writers or bloggers: What’s your writing process? How long does an average post take you to write? How do you balance your writing and your regular job? Do you ever feel like you don’t write or post enough? Be honest, do you have any posts right now that are in draft mode because you’re just not ready to finish them?