Thursday, March 21, 2013
Just 100 words...
Winter doesn't agree with me. It makes me want to hide and avoid everyone and everything I love...including my work.
So here's where I tell you about June Faver. She's a writer from Texas. A BUSY writer. She's got a few novels out there now, and do you know why? Because she has a 100 word a day rule. In fact, if you view her Facebook page, she's on day 1293. That means writing 100 words day...whether you feel like it or not.
I don't remember who said it, but someone quipped that "You can always fix a bad page, but not a blank one." So true.
So I've been adopting that practice.
It doesn't feel like a writer's block. I know what I need to say, but I need to get out of bed, wash walls, do laundry and dishes, market both 'Thoeba' and the upcoming 'Aphrodite's War', answer my e-mail, feed my cats and troll, create new bookmarks, make time for friends and family. Don't forget my role as a paranormal investigator and client care consultant , yada, yada. Sometimes it just feels like I don't have the time and I can't seem to get started.
This isn't the last time I heard the 100 word rule, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Because it works.
Imagine your tired, non-enthusiastic self sitting at your computer. Just sitting there. Don't stress out! It's only 100 words...you can always fix it later. Just let go, and do it. Start a sentence. Then another one. Do you know what happens? Sometimes you only write one or two hundred words. Sometimes you find your way back.
Isn't it true that everyone has a bad day in their career? Isn't it true that we all get the occasional 'blahs'? We are in a unique position as writers. WE can change things up. WE are the boss.
I wrote 800 words yesterday, and I'm on my way back. How are you doing?
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