A change of plan

Right now, I’m thinking that I’m not going to include ‘guest stories’ from friends and supporters in my project after all. I’d rather write all 1000 stories myself, even if it takes longer. I was advised to add guest stories to lighten the burden on myself and generate more interest, but the closer I get to kick-off the less comfortable I feel with that. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and their varied and wonderful writing talents. But this is my project to improve my writing, and to make my wish come true, and ‘I’m writing a thousand stories’ just sounds better to me than ‘I’m writing a thousand stories, except for the ones that other people are writing for me, maybe.’

This is what feels right for me right now. It may change again. I think my best chance of succeeding with this project is to go with the flow and give myself permission to adapt, rather than stick myself with hard-and-fast rules before I’ve even started.

So, attempting 1000 stories in a year, on my own, then. I’ve made a super-geeky colour-coded progress chart to help me pace myself. I possibly had a little too much fun making this…

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2 thoughts on “A change of plan

  1. Hmm.. if you’ve decided that the point is not the summit but enjoying the journey, then maybe the chart won’t help :-)

    But if making the chart was fun then I guess that’s journey too. I don’t know. There’s probably good story material in identifying the journey and the summit.

    Just watched Grand Designs with a guy who spent 5 years building a house by hand that he still didn’t finish. He didn’t care though, he was having a great time. Seemed like a good way to be.

    This is an inspirational project – and you’re an inspirational person because you articulate very well the struggles that most of us have.

    • Wow, thank you! That means a lot :)

      Oh, I’m not going to pretend that I don’t want to finish this project! The summit I’m talking about is perfection, which is a summit you never get to, so it makes sense to enjoy the journey. But you’re right that it makes sense to enjoy the journey of this project too… The house thing is amazing! I wish I were more like that guy!

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