My 9th concept

Once you start a project there are always two kinds of days. There are the days when it is easy. You know those days where you just sit down and work. Not always, but usually, you just fly through the material, reading, making, or revising your stuff with a speed that amazes you when you look back upon it. And then there are the days when it is hard. The days where you look over your shoulder to the project and say to yourself “I really should work on that again, otherwise, I’ll never finish it”. Sometimes you sit down, full of good hope, and it just doesn’t work for you. Today it is hard for me. As you can read in the title, this is, at least, the 9th post I started writing. I still have the others, but I don’t want to put them out there yet. So instead I thought I’d just give you a bit of an update, and talk a bit more about the blog and writing itself.

Mastery

If you’ve ever done something with game design, or I guess marketing, you’ll probably know about the interest curve. What it describes is how interested people generally are with a thing over time. In the beginning, it’s fun and exciting, but you hit a pretty steep hill (or in this case a valley I guess) fairly early on. Sometimes, you’ve built up enough momentum to just carry you over that hill, but sometimes that’s not the case. The thing is, on the other side of that hill is where the real fun begins. When you’ve figured out a bit how the things work and how you like to go about it, that is when things are fun. I didn’t build up that kind of momentum with this blog, which means that I’ll just have to put my head down and climb myself. I don’t mind climbing, I’m pretty good at that. At just putting my head down, and putting in work that I don’t really want to do.

Perfection

The perfect is the enemy of the good

Voltaire

That’s a quote that I’ve always struggled with. And that’s because it is true. I want my creations to be perfect and that’s why I rarely finish them. I realise that were barely a month in and this is already the second post about the blog itself. That’s not what I want this blog to be. But I also feel like I really ought to keep updating it, to give you a story every week. Otherwise, I’ll never progress. Like the video I mentioned in the first post says,

You can tell that what you’re making isn’t that good. […] The most important thing you can do, is do a huge volume of work.

Ira Glass
I want to keep making stories, even if I know they won’t be as good as I want them to be for a while. That doesn’t mean I don’t have trouble with just putting the stuff out there. I have got some more substantial posts lined up (the other 8 or so I started writing), but I’m struggling to find my voice with them a bit. I haven’t found a good way to streamline research, writing, editing and then finally publishing yet.

One other thing I’m struggling with is what to talk about. Should I talk about things that people will find interesting to read about, things that I like talking about or things that I find really interesting? That’s just something I’ll have to figure out. All of this, we’ll just have to find out together. I’m also experimenting with things like quotes and visuals. I’m terrible at photography and don’t really know how to draw, but I’ll eventually figure that out too, like the rest.

Finding my voice

So here’s where it’s at. I’m going to keep writing posts. I’ll try to keep these kinds of updates to a minimum so I can talk about actually interesting stuff more. Every once in a while though, I’ll have to put out a story that isn’t that much about anything.

I’ve decided to move the posting to Sunday so that I can try to write over the week and edit over the weekend. We’ll see how that pans out. I promise I’ll try to have a more interesting post ready for next week.

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