So, 2016 was alright. I suppose. Outside of writing, it was very good. No qualms there at all. My writing, however, moved along okay at the beginning but towards the end it faded and at times stopped completely. I didn’t feel like writing or reading at all. Makes me cringe just thinking about it and even more so when I don’t really know why I didn’t want to write. Although my November and December were good and my Christmas and New Year were both awesome, my writing and reading seemed to slow to a miserable crawl and then stop. That crawl has resulted in my last blog post being at the start of December. That’s just awful. 2017 will not end the same way. With that in mind, I’ve started as I mean to go on.
I’m committing to writing around 500 words a day and on any day I can’t write I will read. I’ve so far stuck to my target and I feel a lot better for it. Since my last post, I have finished editing what I had written so far for my Western story. It has been rolling around in my head for years and it feels good to be continuing to write it as opposed to edit/re-reading it to get myself back up to speed.
When I first sat down to write it back in March 2016, I didn’t use any notes and that turned out to be a disaster. With no path to follow, I ended up making my hero a man who hides away from the villain and nothing really planned for anyone. Lame. That quickly changed when my mighty editing pen…no, wait…fingers changed everything and gave my characters meaning and a road to follow. Now, I’m coming close to writing the twist in the tail I’ve known about for years. It’s weird when I think about it. I know the twist but actually getting up to writing it down is more exciting.
Does anyone else feel like that? When you’re about to write a twist do you get more excited about writing it than you did when you initially thought of it? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Or just tell me I’m crazy and move on.
Hmm…what else? No. I think I’ll leave it there.
Have a nice day.
4 thoughts on “Renewed Focus. Getting things moving again.”
The hard work getting my ideas on paper usually dampens my excitement, as if the idea is the fuel that keeps me writing, and it is not always enough to last until the end. But please, ride the wave of excitement as long as it last!
Good advice. I try to make it last as long as I can. After writing down the twist, I usually sit back and feel a bit sad. Then I finish the story and it’s all okay.
Nothing beats the feeling of finishing something. Actually writing down something that has been ricocheting in your head is kind of like giving birth – pregnancy is great, and its wonderful to experience this amazing creation growing inside of you, but nothing tops meeting the actual baby for the first time (at least, that is how I feel when I’ve finished something)
Thank you Mariam. I’m close to finishing my current story and I’m trying my best not to rush to the end. It is a first draft but I want to make sure I don’t miss anything out. Creating is amazing.