There was a period of three years where I didn’t write at all. This was in the mid 1990s shortly after high school. An ex-girlfriend I hadn’t seen in a while asked me how the writing was going and I told her, “Oh, I quit a couple of years ago.”
“What?!?” She said, “You can’t quit.”
“I did. I’m done. After the whole Portnoy* thing I just stopped.”
“You can’t quit. I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to write you every day and you’ll write back because you’re too polite not to and then you’ll have to write. Even if it’s just letters.”
True to her word, she wrote me just about every day and of course I wrote back. Soon I was writing again and I haven’t really stopped since then.
There have been times when it has been difficult for me to write and there have been weeks when I didn’t write much of anything, but whenever I get stuck, I remember her lesson: Just write. Every day.
I currently have three websites, two Twitters, two Facebooks, and now an Ello. In addition to that I’m collaborating on a novella, getting my first novel for publication, and outlining my next novel. On top of all of that, I’ve got paying jobs that take up a good amount of my time. So it’s easy to explain why I haven’t updated this site much.
Of course, there’s always an excuse to not write. So instead of leaning on excuses, I’m going to take the advice of my ex-girlfriend and just write every single day.
There’s no plan. I’m just going to write what comes to mind. Today it’s writing about not writing. You’ll have to check out the site tomorrow to see what it will bring
– Jack Cameron
*Portnoy is a topic for another day.