Thursday, October 25: Goals and this journal save the day

Well. Today was spectacularly productive. I have to say that it really has helped me to stay on target (think of Star Wars “Stay on target,” “Almost there!” “Stay on target!” “It’s away!” “Did it go in?” “No! Just impacted on the surface.” I digress…). Anyway, setting out what my plan for the week was has really made a difference. Here’s what I did.

I started by completing and passing my goal for submissions to Associated Content. I actually did the ten by getting articles from Helium to my Content Producer page over there. Then, I thought I would try to get some real hits by writing something timely and interesting, so I wrote an article about 30 Days of Night and why it is the one horror movie to rule them all, one horror movie to bind them. Then I put that article on Helium too.

Unfortunately a music review and movie review I had submitted to Associated Content on Monday were declined today. Oh well.

So, after that, I went to work on Chapter One of Charted Course’s User Manual. Incidentally, if you are in the Salt Lake City or Provo, Utah area or even Boise, Idaho, you should go to www.gochartedcourse.com and check it out.

I finished my first rewrite and expansion of this chapter! It took me about five hours of steady work, but I got it done.

So there are two different goals for this week done!

Now, I also found out where I placed on the bigger Helium contest; I placed third! Wahoo! It ain’t first, but it’s money and satisfaction in my pocket.

Finally, tonight, I wrote one short story for the new Fat and Happy Contest on Helium. Here are links to the things I wrote today for Helium:

http://www.helium.com/tm/665785/autumn-roared-through-mountain
http://www.helium.com/tm/663987/millions-dollars-versions-something

The second one is the article about 30 Days of Night. It is in the wrong category, but the link should work for a day or two until it is worked out. When it is fixed, I will post the new link.

Now, I have to get bed soon (not too late tonight! Woohoo!) but I want to mention that I did not intend to write a story tonight. But I also knew that I needed to practice and I needed to do some creative writing today and every day. So I pushed it out and got it done. It turned out okay, and more importantly, was good practice and an important exercise in discipline. The story is familiar, I think, with some original twists. It actually feels like the beginning of a book, to tell you the truth. But it would need more work to become more original and not an Eragon clone. That book was marginally entertaining, but painfully unoriginal. It is what I might have written when I was seventeen and it really did not deserve publishing. Wait, Paolini was eighteen, wasn’t he? And don’t his parents own a small publishing imprint?

Anyway, I am going to start recommending books that have been huge influences on my writing.

Recommendation one is the David Eddings series called the Belgariad. Five books of crisp storytelling. Love it.

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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