Right now I should be writing. And no, this blog post doesn’t count. I should be writing my novel. So, what am I doing here? And if I love my novel so much why is sitting down and making myself write so hard?
Because it matters. Because I want the story I punch into the keyboard to be as thrilling as the one inside my head. But mostly? Because I’m out of shape. Mentally that is. My imagination is not much different from my body, it functions better when I flex it regularly. Sure, not every day is a winner. I may have put in the time and produced the words diligently but they’re not words I would want anyone to read. I’m my best when I let those words be imperfect and move on. I will give them the full Cinderella makeover in the next draft.
I discovered this last November when I participated in NaNoWriMo (national novel-writing month). The first week or so was painful. I stressed and I felt that everything I wrote was terrible then something amazing happened: I became so entrenched in the story that the movie inside my head finally began to spill on the page. I stopped looking back, stopped fussing over the line or two that didn’t sound quite right and I accomplished some of my bravest writing.
Now this all makes me sound like I’ve got this whole writing thing all figured out and I assure you, that I have not. Since nano I have fallen out of the habit of pushing myself to go to that mental gym every day and work out. My imagination has a beer gut. And while I did win NaNoWriMo at 50,000 words completed I still have another 30,000 some odd words to write before my novel is complete. I think the hardest part for me is making myself sit down and do the work. So, this is where you come in. Part of what I loved about nano was the community. I loved posting my word count and being encouraged and inspired by so many other writers. So, be my workout buddy. Let’s write everyday and starting today I will post every Thursday to give you my updated word count and my weekly progress. You comment back with the same. You ready? Let’s do this.
Weekly word count: 55,206
Goal for next Thursday: 60,000
Now I want to hear from you: Is writing every day a challenge for you? And if not, how do you stay motivated?