I’m pumped and I’m intimidated. And now that this New Big Project has spread from my head to my heart, I must be committed (one way or another).
This NBP was triggered by something Steven King said in recent interview. It will be horror and, alas, non-fiction.
Success at levels intended will require reawakening the research, interviewing, and writing skills cultivated during my nearly 20 years in journalism.
It will require stretching the data skills built over nearly 20 years in a subsequent career in information technology.
I’ve no doubt it will demand other skills I can’t yet imagine.
Do you want to know what was it that King said to energize me so?
I’d like to tell you, but that would be inviting competition from anybody who sees this and has the requisite skills and motivation to attempt such a project themselves, or spur on the efforts of others who might already be working on a similar project.
Instead of me telling you that this one Steven King phrase is golden, I suggest you carve out some regular time to listen to the wisdom of great writers. There a millions of Web pages “on writing” that distill what they hear or read and then cast it as the wisdom of the sages. Many of them are superb and I do consult them from time-to-time. But I love to listen to the sages directly and in this Google, You Tube, and other online resources do very well.
So if you are curious about what Steven King said that supercharged me, I wish you happy hunting.