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A Start Experiment

A Start Experiment

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Photo Credit: Alejandro Hernandez. ©2008 (Flickr via Creative Commons)I had great plans of sharing today about my experience with The Start Experiment (#STARTexp), particularly as my goal had been to write up an outline or plan for a novel idea. I mean, that should be doable within a 21 day period, right?

Well . . . Not exactly.

Having a deadline did not prove to be the missing link in the whole process. But the experiment was not without profit for I discovered two things:

  1. I was trying to write a story with the wrong main character. It took me almost the full 21 days to realize this, but now that I have the story actually has somewhere to go because the right person is at the helm.
  2. I have a bad habit of taking on or trying a number of things simultaneously in the hopes I'll just drop the stuff I shouldn't be doing. This method works about as well as you would expect it to -- not well at all. I'm left feeling overwhelmed and finally frustrated as I don't get much of anything done. I need to be a bit more deliberate in what I take on and when I take it on going forward (and purpose to follow things through to the end).
So while I am disappointed to not have a framework to start building a story about coffee house spies with, I am glad I participated in The Start Experiment as there were lessons learned. And that makes it an overall win in my opinion. :-)

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