Plotless Novelism

Yesterday, I tried a new system of doing things for me first and then doing my work for other people last. I actually got more done that way, and I didn't feel like the day was wasted just on work. It's a horrible feeling to have your days just go by without doing anything for yourself whatsoever. When I thought about it, I realized that a great portion of my time was going to writing or transcribing things for other people.

I mean, I'd spend like 14 hours on the stuff sometimes, and I would sleep about 5. I wasn't using the other five hours for my benefit either. Yesterday felt like a full day, though. I prayed long and read the Word. I went to the store. I wrote some more of my book. I love the way I'm doing it too. There's no plot, no plan, no outline, no nothing. It's like not thought out at all.  Whatever happens, happens. 

I have no idea what's going to happen from one chapter to the next. I don't even know how the book is going to end. I don't even know the people's names until their characters pop up in my mind. And you know what? I like doing it just like that. It's interesting that way. It's like I'm reading somebody else's book, and I'm imposing the element of suspense on myself. It's really wild, and I'm not going to change a thing. That's exactly the way I'm going to write it.

I also took a chance and wrote some things that I wasn't sure I'd get paid for. Today I entered a contest, and I have no idea whether I'm going to win or not. I figured that I was taking the same risk doing that that I was taking every day with those nickel-and-dime articles that I was basically giving away for next to nothing. 

I figured why not take that same risk on something that's going to pay me maybe $50, $100, $500 or whatever for ONE piece and get me a spot on somebody's magazine or something like that? It takes the same amount of time for me to write it, and realistically, it's the same thing. I'm not guaranteed that the nickel-and-dime people will buy the material either. Why not start offering different stuff to different people? I'm not just a marketing writer. In fact, that's not even my natural writing voice. It was just something that I adapted to so that I could earn some steady money. I don't even like that type of writing, to tell the truth. 

Just writing one piece of material that was not dedicated to a writer sweatshop made me happy yesterday. I intend to do that every day with at least one piece of material. I'm just tired of the nickel and dime. I'm getting too old to be racking my brain or blistering my fingertips for 14 hours a day. It's just getting ridiculous. I think it's because my birthday is approaching that I just feel like I need to utilize my time better. I want the rest of my life to be very full, and spending 14 hours a day on nickel-and-dime projects is not living a full life. If I want to be able to work less, I'm going to have to take some risks that may end up paying more money. 

I even got to watch a movie yesterday, a full movie. It was pretty good. I watched something that I never saw before instead of watching the same movies that I already saw when I was a teenager. It was called "Saved." It was a "Christian" movie. It was kind of funny and kind of real. It made me think about the subject matter for my next video. I don 't agree with a lot of the stuff that Christianity teaches, but I still thought it was a good movie.

I tried to use dictation software, but it was a real nightmare. It was not making my job or my life any easier because the darn thing made so many mistakes that I had to play editor for an hour before I could even complete something. It wasn't very useful if the software couldn't type as fast as I could, or it made more mistakes than I made. It wasn't helping at all in that case, was it?


Sigh, and they rave so much about artificial intelligence and such.

Today I did my schedule backward, opposite the way I did it yesterday. I worked first, but I stopped working at 5 or 6. Now the rest of this night is mine to do whatever I want to do. I think I'm going to dig back into that song. I believe that I either have to put certain spots on different frequencies or back myself up with a second track in a different key. Certain parts just don't sound "full enough," and I don't like them. The rest of it's good, and then there are those parts that feel like something's missing. I think I may have to add deep vocals there. So, that's what I'm going to try tonight. 


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