When I started The Weekly Creative a couple years ago, I had zero children. Now I have two. Being a parent is truly amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But having children also means that you have less time for side projects. This podcast was that side project for a long time.
As my spare time has dwindled over the years, I’ve had to prioritize my creative projects.
For the longest time, I had a huge respect for fiction writers, which is sort of funny because I myself rarely read fiction. I tried to make it through high school reading as little as possible (horrible, I know). But, I was fascinated with writers’ ability to create worlds, storylines, and characters out of thin air that stir up emotions in people.
To me, that was creativity in the purest sense.
Late last year, while I was gathering my thoughts on what 2018s creative projects should be, I came across this quote from snowboarder, Travis Rice:
“We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it.”
I decided right there that I would spend the first quarter of 2018 writing fiction. I didn’t know what (or how), but I knew that I would try.
This past July, I finished a 90,000-word draft of a book. And yes, it’s fiction.
Upon finishing the draft, I decided to take some time off and write something else to give myself some space. That’s when I wrote a short story called 2,300 Steps. It’s a story about a woman who gets an Apple Watch for Christmas and then starts having mysterious steps show up at night. It’s inspired by true events—although the true events have a lot less murder than the story does.
It takes about 30 minutes to read and it’s FREE on Amazon right now.
I am working on putting a lot of the above ideas into a new podcast episode, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, follow me on Goodreads or at derekwalker.me.
Love you all!