Day One – The Ironic Mug aka The Useless Writer’s Challenge

1 01 2010
Straight out of the dishwasher.

The Mug that laughs at the irony with each sweet sip of Timmies.

Every time I sit to drink a coffee, I stare at my ironic mug as it laughs back at me. Proudly exclaiming “WRITER” on either side. The mug, though it was a gift, originally gave me a sense of pride and purpose. Now  it’s just a sad reminder of how little I’ve done in the past 5 years.  I’ve taken classes, online and in person, read books and magazines and even joined writers groups. All while never really writing very much.

To date, I have two scripts which I’ve completed thoroughly enough to permit sending out.  Both of which were promptly sent back with a “thanks, but no thanks” from the Warner Bros. Writer’s Workshop. Just a small stumbling block in what would become a budding career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles.

Clearly, that has not been the case. In order to have any forward movement, I would need to try again. Instead, I allowed excuses to get in the way. I gained weight, I dug myself deep into debt and I wrote next to nothing. A short story here or there, but nothing that to get me to that once so attainable goal.

Which brings me to this blog.

A writer must write. Not when I have time. Not when I’m inspired. Not when I have something to write about. Just when it’s time to write. Therefore, I’ve set a goal for myself:

Write a post for every day of 2010

I realize this is no easy task when I’m motivated like an over-fed house cat, but that’s what makes it a challenge. In most cases, I am unwilling to commit to anything that doesn’t involve a steady pay-cheque, therefore I feel I need to set some ground rules:

  • Daily posts can be written ahead of time, set to post on the next free day. This will leave no excuse for the inevitability that I will need to stop writing for a day or two.
  • Text-based posts will be no shorter than 350 words. Shouldn’t be hard to do as I tend to ramble on and on.
  • Topics can range from anything to editorials, diaries, reviews, short stories and screenplays. Basically, keeping everything wide open to keep things fresh.
  • Posts can originate from anywhere. If I post a review on Yelp!, The Movie Marathon or any other website, I must include a link to the original post, which must be written on the day that it is posted on this blog.
  • A new post must be up for every calendar day of 2010.

These rules are easy enough to abide by.

I’ve always dreamed of doing a web-comic, a tv-pilot, a spec screenplay, a short documentary and some type of video game. Now I’ve given myself the excuse to go through with it. With a little luck and fortitude, this little experiment will give me the confidence to go through with these projects.

If nothing else, my mug will be slightly less ironic.

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