On Friday I mentioned I’ve been doing creative challenges to
keep from dying of boredom hit my creative goals while unemployed. Last month’s creative challenge was to revamp my etsy wedding stationery line. I knocked that one out of the park by hitting a ton of design goals.
This month’s creative challenge: publish a book.
I’ve wanted to publish something for a long time but never had the guts to actually pull the trigger.
I have a few options for this challenge:
- Revise (writing and design) the (still untitled) design book I wrote in 2015 and get it approved by the powers that be.
- Rewrite my LA Romance Novel (jokingly titled 50 Shades of LA). It’s taking less of a romance and more of a mystery / thriller direction.
- Put together a kit / guide book for my Tokens of Kindness experiment.
- Something completely different.
Goals for this challenge:
- Share a written piece for public consumption (hardcopy or e-book).
- Finish a writing project. Publishing it (anywhere) is the final step!
- Build my writing chops. Yeah, I can write 2,000 words in an hour, but are they useful? I’m not striving for good — to ask myself to publish only what I deem good means I’d never publish anything. We are our own harshest critics.
- Become a better writer. This means something different to everybody. For me it means gaining more ability to write while other stuff is happening (like I do with design), and working on brevity, construction, and grammar.
- Oh, also … probably should include: design a different type of publication. I’ve designed books and magazines, but never a novel or an ebook.
I think I’m going to start working on the LA book because it’s the most fun project. I had almost 50,000 words written of the first draft, but I decided the story was too fan-fictiony (I inserted all the fun stuff I did on my trip there) and am going in a different direction. I’ve been reading a lot of Stephen King lately, so this project could turn into something interesting.
Worst case? I think I can pull together the Tokens of Kindness book in a couple of weeks if the LA book doesn’t go as planned.
Here we go!
Do you ever challenge yourself to do something scary?