I won Campnano! By the skin of my teeth, mind you. After the halfway point, I just fell
into this slump (note the Burnout post) and self-criticism reared its ugly head for much longer than I would’ve liked.
Thankfully, I was able to pull through last week with a day to spare. Which made me to wondering why it’s so hard to just get up and write.
I participated in a few word sprints which were really beneficial. The only problem I have with word sprints is that I just keep going past the 10-20 minutes mark. And so I learned something important while sprinting.
The biggest struggle for me is starting to write. Word sprints forced me to stop puttering around. When a sprint begins, you start. You have to. It’s a “race” of sorts, so there’s no prepping or brainstorming. And once you start writing, the words just keep flowing and flowing, and then suddenly you realize that it’s nearly been an hour since you started! You just have to start writing, no ifs ands or buts. Knowing where you’re going is helpful, if not imperative. It’s why I abandoned pantsing and am now a reformed plotser.
Today in the Twitterverse, I participated in Faye Kirwin‘s wonderful #storycrafter chat (this was my fourth one). We discussed our writing habits and how we can better them. Personally, like many other participants, I wish that I could write daily. Real life doesn’t permit, or at least I thought it didn’t.
I learned something important today. It may seem trivial or something of a “well duh Jess, you couldn’t have figured that one out?” but I am unashamed to say that I discovered that I can write every day. It could be a sentence, a piece of dialogue, a paragraph, something seemingly minuscule. But it all adds up. I get the opportunity to write 2k words every couple of days, but squeezing in 50 or so words every day is going to add up and keep that fire burning. On average, I write about 1k per hour, which is about 16 words a minute. Times that by 10, I could write over 150 words in 10 minutes!
So for those who lament that they aren’t able to write every day… I say that it isn’t true. There will be 10 minutes (granted your life isn’t in an emergency situation or something) somewhere at some time that you can write a sentence or few. Keep that story alive. Keep it moving. Sooner or later, you will get to “The End!”