This is the time of year when people launch new habits and attempt new goals.
My goal for this year has been a long time coming. I’ve talked and Tweeted about my writing efforts for years. But no one I know has ever read my work.
Over those years I’ve attempted and “won” NaNoWriMo three consecutive times. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers spend the 30 days of November to create a 50,000 word novel (or at least a very rough first draft of one). Anyone who accomplishes this is deemed a winner. No one ever read any of these three stories – a verified word count was all that mattered.
Last year I entered several short story contests. None of these efforts “won” anything, but it got the writing out of my laptop and in front of actual readers. There was little feedback with these competitions however, and none of the readers actually knew me. All of my writing remained safely anonymous.
This year I will begin sharing some of my writing – right here on this blog. By year’s end I plan to have a collection of short stories available in ebook form.
Most of my stories feature architects, doing things that architects do and saying things that architects say. Some simply present architecture (places and spaces we’re all familiar with) as a character in the story.
I believe there is a lot of untapped story matter to develop here. I also believe that there is a vast potential audience. For years my blog tagline was “Architecture Holds a Thousand Stories” – in 2018 I will begin to tell some of the thousand stories.
I look forward to sharing more soon in this happy new year.
year I plan to bring my private writing out