The most important lesson – there’s never a good time

So as most of you will know in February I quit my day job in order to write. I freelance, I help people with ebooks, I make comics and I write fiction. All of these things add up to my day job. It’s almost as awesome I thought it would be, but for one massive misconception I had about having lots of time to write.

I honestly thought that when I had all the time and mental space to write there would be good, nay, perfect, times to write.

These things do not exist. You are more likely to find a unicorn raiding your fridge than find the perfect time to write. There are two reasons:

1. No matter how much time you have, the human capacity for filling up that time with stupid crap that seems important is LIMITLESS.

2. Writing is both fun and awesome. It’s also hard, which means your brain will do whatever it takes to stop you from doing it. It will want to be lazy instead.

I wish I’d known this, I think I’d have gotten a lot more done.

Instead the conclusion I have come to is that the most important skill any writer can learn is to force themselves to write. Even if they don’t want to, even if there are other things they need to be doing. Even if their kids/spouse/eldritch god from beyond spacetime is demanding they do something else.

It’s one I have to relearn every day. I’ve written about a third of what I’m capable of since February. A third. That’s horrifying. And I think a part of that is trying to wait until I had taken care of everything else I had to do before I wrote.

I think that if I’m going to make this writing thing work I need to do it the other way around. Barring life or death stuff I’m going to need to write first and take care of everything else once that’s done. This may mean I spend more time smelling bad and not wearing trousers but in the end that’s a price I’m willing to pay.

 

 

 

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Andrew Update

Hi everyone, it’s been awhile. I don’t have too much in the way of new writing advice to give except to say “keep going” and “try not to punch yourself in the face”.

Both are good advice though, don’t get me wrong.

I’m busy writing, funnily enough, trying to get this novel finished so I can sell it. If I can’t otherwise I’m going to have to go get a real job and no one wants that.

My webcomic Cthulhu Slippers is going extremely well, so well in fact that I’m a little bit shocked as to the response online. Lovecraft and comedy go well together, who knew?

Other than that I’ve been trying to keep my neighbours from killing each other over a tree and attempting to stay in shape even though I spend most of my time in front of a keyboard.

I hope you’re all well.

- Andrew

 

 

 

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No more comments for awhile

Hi everyone, I’ve had to disable the comments as some really persistent spammers where causing some problems. I hope I can reactivate them again later but for the time being all comments everywhere on the site are gone.

If someone can invent me a SMITE button that allows me to give spammers increasingly painful electric shocks, that would be great.

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Slingers

I haven’t blogged in awhile so I thought I’d mark my return by giving away a book.

SLINGERS

Badass writer, ex-pro wrestler and full time internet curmudgeon Matt Wallace has written a serialised novel called Slingers about a future fighting tournament.

It’s held in a high-tech arena.

In space.

Above a wormhole.

A wormhole that deposits the slung somewhere thousands of feet above the ground on Earth, whereupon they plummet to their doom for the entertainment of humanity.

It’s exactly as awesome as that implies. So to help spread the awesome around I’m going to give away a digital copy of the first two instalments to a commenter on this post. I’ll pick a comment at random, so to enter all you have to do is answer this question:

If you had a pro wrestling name, or in fact a fighting name of any kind, what would it be?

 

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Whereupon Andrew deals with bad internet things

Hi everyone, both my sites got hacked the other day. I think I’ve caught and solved the problem but if you see anything weird on my site please drop me a line at andrew@andrewjackwriting.com and let me know.

What counts as weird? Well, I am unlikely to try and sell you anything that relates to your genitals in any way shape or form. Pills, pumps, potions, procedures…it’s all off the table.

In other news I am 1/3 of the way through my current novel and hope to have in done in a couple of months. We’ll see. I have mentors now, who prod me to work which is helping in ways that are hard to describe beyond the fact that I seem to respond well to prodding.

Who knew?

 

 

 

 

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