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!

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  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!

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  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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