I’ve been lurking here for some time and I just want to say THANK YOU to the many wonderful writers who take the time to offer suggestions, advice and encouragement to aspiring writers.
I’ve written stories on and off for as long as I can remember and I’ve had a world and a series of stories in my head for the last 25 years or more and no matter how often I would go back to them and try to actually write more than just the broad idea, I would lose focus and wander to some other idea. Then I took a almost 10 year hiatus to spend more time on photography and photo manipulation (photoshop).
About a year ago I started looking through some old notes and maps and I got inspired again, only this time I swore I would follow through. I started doing google searches on how to organize my notes better, how to better define my characters, etc. During my search I discovered this sub, and several others, and learned a great deal in a short amount of time.
So, again, thank you!
I learned a lot, but two things really set me on my course:
1) just write – vomit that first draft 2) don’t wait for inspiration, force yourself to write.
One my biggest problems was I kept getting hung up on the first chapter, writing and rewriting it and never getting anywhere. Then I’d get frustrated and set it down for months or years. I’m a video editor by trade. I love editing, so when I read, multiple times in this sub, to vomit that first draft and edit after it’s done, it was a facepalm moment for me. Duh, fix it in post! 😂
My other hang up was, after a long day at work I often didn’t feel like writing, so I would do other stuff. After reading so many posts here that say to write every day no matter how you feel, I now force myself to write, even if I don’t feel like it. I want to finish my story, and I have a lot more to tell. The only way that’s going to happen is if I actually do it!
I’ve only been writing consistently for almost 4 months now and when I look back at my log I see the first month I only wrote 5 days, the second month 7 days, third month 6 days. About a month ago I started treating it like a job and I write no matter how I feel. In the last month I only missed 3 days and that was because of a very bad flu.
The reason for this post: I had no desire to write tonight when I got home from work. I did some random stuff and opened Scrivener (which is awesome, by the way) and just couldn’t get into it, so I shut down my monitors and went and watched a movie. Afterwards I still wasn’t in the mood but I’ve set a goal of 500 words a day and no matter how I felt I wanted to reach that.
It was slow going at first but before I knew it I was typing like mad. I beat my goal of 500 words and hit 1,000! My novel is now almost 14,000 words and the more I write the easier it gets. I’m loving it! I still have a long way to go, but i am not giving up this time.
Sorry for the really long post, just wanted to reiterate a consistent theme, and celebrate the fact that it works. No matter how you feel, just write.