Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Something New

We'll start with a status update. I'm just over 600 words into Chapter 20 of my Civil War drummer story right now. With a little luck, I'll finish my first draft by the middle of June. My plan is to have it done before I head to the Historical Novel Society conference on June 17th. I've got a lot of writing to do between now and then--but it's manageable.

And speaking of writing: today I signed up for a challenge. The Domino Project, a new publishing venture headed by Seth Godin, one of the world's greatest Internet marketers, sent me the link to a 30-day writing challenge: #trust30. Each day, a new writing prompt will be posted on the challenge web site; participants are to write something based on that prompt and Tweet about it using the #trust30 hashtag when they're finished.

To be honest, this is quite a stretch for me. But it's by stretching, forcing ourselves past the boundaries we think constrain us, that we grow. A tree's roots can shatter a sidewalk or the foundation of a house if the tree is allowed to grow as its nature directs--why do we constrain ourselves to do only those things at which we're sure we won't fail? How much more could we accomplish if we could see past our own fear?

Well, I'm going to try to find out. I'll be responding to as many prompts as I can and posting the responses here.

Stand by for the first. I'll be posting it tonight.


1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I get the 15 minutes to live thing now.
    Good for you--keep up the good work. History nerds need to think outside the old musty box.