I used to have a plan, and I did everything according to that plan. That’s what happened when I wrote the novel, the one about the serial killer. I didn’t publish any parts of the book, until I was finished. I wrote a different story, it’s called Fuzzy, you can read it here. The same thing happened. I wrote every single word, and I published it, only when I was sure that it was completely finished.
I had a lot of fun during both projects. And, I’m satisfied with the results. But, I want to test if I can have even more fun and get better results by doing things differently.
Turning writing into a habit
I know that if I want to become a better writer, I need to make writing part of my daily habit. It needs to become a routine. I have been working hard to find the time and to find the place for writing.
I have written about this before, but now it’s different. It’s not just something I try to do, I’m really doing it. I’m making a huge effort every day, to make writing the first thing I do in the morning.
I’m using the pomodoro technique, to work in 25 minute increments. I believe that this makes me more productive. I have also been telling myself that I’ll be doing the most important tasks, first thing in the morning. The tasks I really need to finish.
The problem, is to decide what tasks are the most important tasks. As a solopreneur, I believed that my most important tasks was the task making me money. At the same time, I was thinking long term, and I was focusing on the projects that would help my business sometime into the future.
Now, it’s different. I’m not sure if writing is the most important thing I do, but it’s something that makes me feel great, and it’s something that I believe I need to do. It’s a great way to start the day. I am happier, and I have a lot more energy.
Building a community vs Google
I’ve been writing every day for several weeks now, but I’m still asking myself whether I should be publishing posts every day, or if I should be publishing new posts just a few times every week. I still don’t know if I should stick to a routine, or if every week should be different. I write a lot, and it shouldn’t be a problem to have enough content for a new blog post every day. But, I am currently more busy than ever, and I don’t have enough time to answer all the comments I get. I still get daily comments on many of my old posts as well.
I really want to focus on building a community on my blog. I want to get more readers, and I want to engage them. I want passionate people, people that care about the things I care about.
I have big plans for my blog. But, just after I started my long term planning, I received an email from Google WebMasterTools, telling me that Google had applied a manual spam action to my site. Even though I haven’t focused much on traffic from Google, I wasn’t sure what would happen to my blog, after this. I felt vulnerable. I was about to get hurt.
I don’t write to earn money, and blogging is not a big part of my business, at least not yet. But, I need traffic and I need feedback.
Now, that I’ve received help, and everything’s back to normal, I’m still thinking about how it felt to get hit by Google, and how important it is for me to build close relationships with my readers.
The new experiment
You might already know this, but I’ll tell you again, just in case you’ve missed it. Lizarraga, my first novel, is only available in Norwegian. I enjoy writing in both Norwegian and English. I believe that I’m a much better writer when I write in my native language. I do my best to write proper grammar and good stories in English, but Norwegian is still the language I prefer when I’m writing.
I wanted to start writing a new book. I didn’t know the plot. I didn’t know the genre. At first, I didn’t know if I wanted to write fiction or non-fiction. The only thing I wanted to do, was to write.
I didn’t want to copy the method I used when I wrote the first two books. I wanted to try something different. I started thinking about whether I should just start writing something and publish it, no matter if it was something I was proud of, or something that had nothing to do as part of my new book. I was thinking about if I should be doing any editing, before releasing it to the public. I felt vulnerable. It wasn’t the same feeling I got when I received the email from Google, but I was worried what people would think of me.
When I write, it’s personal, even though it’s not something I’ve experienced. It’s my story, and I’m using my words to descibe it. If I’d publish it, as soon as I’ve finished writing a short part of it, without any editing, I would do something I’m not comfortable with. On the other hand, I would get a lot more done. I’d feel that I’ve accomplished something way sooner than when I was writing the other two books. When I feel that I accomplish something, I also feel more energy and I’m more eager to continue.
So, that’s what I’ve started doing. That’s my experiment. I’m writing a new book. It’s in Norwegain, and what I’m doing is that I’m writing a chapter and I’m publishing it as soon as I’ve finished writing it. I’m not doing any editing. I’m not sure if I’ve even read the chapter when I publish it. I just write what I’m thinking about, and I’m creating the story as I go.
This is my latest experiment (the text is in Norwegian)
To me, experimenting is about doing things in a different way. I’m doing it in a different way, because it makes me more creative. That’s the reason why I wrote the post; how creativity is born, and that’s the reason why I continue to test and strive to find new methods that works for me.
The reason I want to be more creative is that it makes me happy. Creativity makes me enjoy life even more.