The good news is that the kids were back at school this week. The bad news is that I didn’t get much writing done. Not from lack of time. I was going well the first few days. I wrote, edited and sent a short story away to an anthology that was about to close submissions. I just heard about it and really wanted to be in it, so I worked extremely hard and got a 2k story out, edited it and sent it just in the nick of time. It was a story I actually really love and I think holds real promise, so fingers crossed.
It kind of went down hill from there though. With my new routine I can write 2000 words a day, that is if I’m not using my time for editing. I had this idea for a novella that has been simmering for a while, so I decided to start it. I figured I could get 10,000 words out this week. Right now that novella is sitting at approximately 1,800 words.
I am very frustrated with it. I think it’s a really solid idea, and I have the overall plot worked out, it’s just that when I started writing it, it wasn’t coming out the way I had it in my head. I started writing it, scraped what I had because it wasn’t feeling right, wrote a new beginning, scraped that one too. I am up to my third try and it’s close to how I want it, but something still doesn’t feel exactly right.
I am trying to remember that first drafts don’t have to be perfect. I like to write my books from beginning to end and I don’t want to get off on the wrong foot. Beginnings haven’t troubled me this much in the past.
I might jump a head a bit and leave the beginning for later. Maybe it just means I’m starting the story in the wrong spot? I’ll work it out.
The most important thing to do when you get stuck, is not give up. Successful writers are those who don’t give up when there’s a bump in the road. I’ve had many bumps and not given up yet.
That’s it from me. How did you go writing wise this week?