Back to Basics

Realized a few weeks back that I wasn’t making the progress on the short stories that I wanted to. And I wasn’t making any progress on editing the second novel.

And NaNoWriMo is coming.

At first, I made the usual excuses to myself — I’ve lost my morning hour to write, I can catch up on the weekends — but I knew the real reason: fear.

Fear that I wasn’t going fast enough. Fear that I wasn’t writing stories that were good enough. Fear that without an hour to write in, I wouldn’t be able to get anything done.

So I’ve gone back to an old habit: write every day. I have a reminder in my phone, a little task that I can only check off when I’ve done some writing that day.

How much doesn’t matter. 100 words, 250 words, 400 words, don’t care. So long as I write something.

And it’s working. I finished the first draft of one short story early this week, and I’ll have a draft of a second story finished this weekend. When those two are done, I can start planning the NaNoWriMo novel.

So I keep telling myself: Step by step, day by day. One word at a time.

 

5 thoughts on “Back to Basics

  1. You are definitely not alone there. There was a time that still is where my fingers cringe and recoil from dirtying the keys they used to love to smudge with unadulterated fervor. Keep on writing!

  2. This makes me think of that Neil Gaiman quote: “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” Good luck with the stories and Nano!

  3. Thanks! And what a great quote! (but damn, Gaiman’s intimidatingly good at putting those words down, one after another, isn’t he?)

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