The thoughts, stories and advice of Bill Riddell.

Clearing House

June 28th, 2009 Posted in goals, personal, writing

I’m officially clearing house, not my personal belongings, but my backlog of draft posts.

I had well over 50 drafts in various stages of completion (from a few lines of notes, to dot pointed outlines and a few 600+ word drafts).

Basically it could have been as much as a years worth of blog posts. However something went horribly wrong!

No my hard drive did not crash losing all of it.

Instead I woke up and realised that the vast majority of them were mediocre. The topics were boring or just incredibly generic and could already be found on thousands of other blogs.

That is not pushing myself as a writer. Worst of all its cheating you as a reader.

Only great writers and musicians can get by rehashing old favourites, presenting their early stories and doing covers. Even that gets old.

So I’m getting a little drastic. I deleted a whole bunch of drafts, about 15 or 20. Another 10 to 15 have joined forces to create a few super posts that you will see over the next few weeks.

I cant promise A+ material all of the time, I will do my best, some of the remaining drafts will be slipped in here and there. Beside sometimes the filler posts make you appreciate the ones that are truly killer. Ssometimes the good ideas just seem to vanish from my head and I need something on stand by.

In other news I have recently ticked off one of my ultimate goals and made progress on a few others.

I got to meet Neil Strauss my favourite author who inspired me, more than any other writer, that maybe I can share my stories with the world. It was his last book signing for Emergency before he returns to a hectic writing schedule. He has about three books in the works, plus others with the company he runs. Neil shared some great stories with the crowd, gave me some solid advice and

I also just finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand which was part 1 of a 2 part goal to read two of the greatest and most lengthy books in the English language. The other half is to read Ulysses by James Joyce. If I can tackle them both then I can read anything. I really enjoyed reading Atlas Shrugged, its an intimidating book, with a lot of characters and covers a lot of sensitive issues, but I would recommend it to everyone. There are a lot of haters of the underlying philosophy and message of Rand’s novel (I don’t agree with all of it) however I’m sure that those who rant about it failed to reach the end of the novel.

You can see the other progress in the updated Ultimate Goals page.

Many thanks for reading and sharing my journey so far.


  1. 2 Responses to “Clearing House”

  2. By Y on Jul 2, 2009

    The stubborn refusal to produce sub-quality work is a trait to be admired, my man. What you post today becomes your digital legacy. Your grandkids could read this someday! That’s what fuels me, at least.

    All the best,

  3. By Bill on Jul 2, 2009

    Thanks very much Yifei, that means that means a lot.

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