I completed a “no editing as you go” challenge… and I was happier before

Let me start off by saying: I love challenges. They can inspire creativity, create community, increase productivity, and act as a catalyst for other positive changes. I’ve done many of them, and I typically walk away with an increased sense of purpose and clarity.

At the end of December, I completed a challenge to write 30k words in 30 days without editing any of them. This time, when I hit the word count goal, I felt tired, disconnected, unmotivated…

The magic of writing (for me) is in the process, which has always included editing as I go. Sometimes I write several thousand words before I go back, but ultimately, I go back. I sweep the whole thing, the previous chapter, whatever feels right. Then I continue forward, thoroughly entrenched in the story. While I was doing the challenge, I’d go back over the most recent material and see mistakes I wasn’t “allowed” to fix. It felt like being punished!

It’s been a few weeks since the challenge ended and I have mixed feelings on the value it added to my life. At first, I was mostly frustrated with myself that I kept going with it after I realized it wasn’t working for me. Now I can appreciate that it gave me more confidence in my process and inspired gratitude; I appreciate my freedom to create the way I want to more than ever.

For those who keep striving to better themselves through challenges and trying out new processes: I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor. My only piece of advice is to listen to your instincts and recognize you may have to take a different path than others to get to the end.

Signing off for now,

Sam

September Update

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support over the last several weeks. It’s been a wild ride getting the behemoth Kyanite Publishing engine off the ground but it’s starting to chug along and I couldn’t be prouder. In addition to moving into a new house and a new office, I’ve also been writing, editing, and talking to retailers about stocking the Kyanite Press and our upcoming titles. If you missed any of the activity, I don’t blame you. Here is a recap of everything that’s been going on.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

I reviewed “After,” by John Prescott, “The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks,” by William F. Aicher, and “Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker,” by Rebecca J. Yelland for Peak Story Reviews. Check those out on the Peak Story Reviews website!

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

I put up a new page on my website dedicated to book recommendations from my friends and peers. I’ll update it every few months with new recommendations. Consider it a current, curated list from the Twitter #amwriting community. Eventually, I’ll be adding more publishers, publications, editors, designers, and other artists to the list.

 

INTERVIEWS

I was a guest of Laura Mae for her Indie Go Interviews series last month! Check it out here!

I’m also starting an interview series I’ll be hosting here on my website. Laura will be the first guest!

 

PUBLISHING UPDATES

What They Deserve and The Assimilation Agent are both still on track for publishing in November 2018 and March 2019, respectively. I also have a series debuting in 2019 through Kyanite Glass (electronic imprint) about a summer camp for psychics. I’ll be sharing more news on that soon.

 

THE KYANITE PRESS

The Kyanite Press, a bimonthly speculative fiction journal featuring short stories, launched on September 1st. You can purchase it on the Kyanite Publishing website or on Amazon. It’s also being stocked at The Wyvern’s Tale in Asheville, NC and will be shelved in more stores, soon!

 

Thanks for reading and staying tuned!

 

Sincerely,

Sam