Mar 8, 2017

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Daily Writing

In March of last year, I agreed to take on card review responsibilities for the Yu-Gi-Oh section of pojo, a game website that has been around forever and has maintained a card-of-the-day section for several games since 2002. They were looking for a new writer, and since I had already been reading the reviews for over a decade, I thought it would be fun and an excellent way to bulk up my writing resume. The site gets hundreds of thousands of visits a month and has a loyal following, so why not?


The first month was a breeze. I was actually excited to be a part of the staff that I had been reading for so long. Writing under the handle RCG, I put careful analysis into all my reviews. But as the months went on, I came to see how the job can sometimes be tedious, especially when it’s not making you any money. The problem became particularly worse when Dueling Network went down and I wasn’t playing on a regular basis like before. Research was put into my reviews that sometimes took hours. Even so, I was incredibly happy to do it, if only because I still appreciated how much time had passed from my first discovery of the site to my first published review. Plus, I still loved the game, and I was happy to offer some writing experience to the staff. But writing on a truly regular basis for the first time in my career was sometimes exhausting, especially when young children now demand so much of my spare time.


But I pressed on with a dream in my head. And I was rewarded in December when the annual card-of-the-year rankings were released and members of the staff mentioned me by name, noting the quality of my work. It was refreshing and energizing to see my extra attention to detail and quality pay off. And I learned something valuable in my pursuit of further publication. A small reward is such a big thing when you put your heart into writing. Winning a tiny writing contest, getting a reply back from an agent asking for a manuscript… these insignificant victories usually don’t lead to a book deal, but they reignite the hope of it. And it’s these victories that matter in the end, because they keep a lot of us going. They keep us dreaming of that one day we’re all waiting for as writers and dreamers.


But none of that happens without daily writing and reading. It was a refresher even for me, a lover of words and stories. Hopefully, to the aspiring writers out there, it’s a reminder for you as well.