I have been pondering somewhat over the possibility of this. Would there be interest in getting people together who would want to do this?
What I mean is: Could aspiring writers actually find a way to write a book even though there is actually no time in their lives to actually do it?
I was inspired to think these thinks after reading a Neil Gaiman article regarding Stephen King, which you can find here: Link
In it he says:
“I think the most important thing I learned from Stephen King I learned as a teenager, reading King’s book of essays on horror and on writing, Danse Macabre
In there he points out that if you just write a page a day, just 300 words, at the end of a year you’d have a novel. It was immensely reassuring – suddenly something huge and impossible became strangely easy. As an adult, it’s how I’ve written books I haven’t had the time to write, like my children’s novel Coraline.”
So I further thought, “I’m writing a few words each day, most days, maybe I should feel good about this! Maybe by this time next year I will have a book I’m rather ashamed of but at least I’ll have a book!”
Then I thought that there are a number of wonderful, creative people out there in the world of the web and new communities of aspiring writers out there just ready to engage with and support each other.
The conclusion is that there should be something in place for people who only get chance to write a few words a day. Not a competition, not a NaNoWriMo type uber challenge, just a place for people to drop into to talk about how they’re getting on, what their thoughts are and how things are going with whatever project it is they’re working on.
It doesn’t even matter if you don’t write 300 words every day. That’s not the point. As long as you write something, that’s the thing. If you write 300 words exactly every day for a year you’ll have 109,500 words which is a shitload epic. I’d be happy ending up with 80k!
Before I make this blog post any longer than necessary I shall stop here and just ask: What do you reckon?
Comments are most welcome indeed!