“Progress is what allows me to remain inspired. Progress is what makes the entire process worthwhile. Nothing feels better than a good plot that keeps YOU engaged, that leaves YOU excited. For, it begins with how you feel about your writing, long before anyone else has a chance to read it. Lately, I’ve been trying to challenge myself when it comes to letting go of the norms I have adapted to in regards to my writing. It has locked me into a routine of speaking on the same story in a variety of different ways. Thus, I began putting aside everything that has felt comfortable within the constraints of my writing, and I’ve been focusing all of my attention on stretching the boundaries of my creativity. So far, it seems to be working out just fine.”
I began anew, writing something that felt entirely foreign to me, as if I was doing it for the first time. I wanted to challenge myself to encompass all of the things that scare me about writing, about what branching out can really do for my creative flow. It has certainly taken some time to get used to, but so far I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it.
Now that I am on a strict work schedule throughout the week, I know exactly what time I have available to me when the work day is over to continue working on my novel (and or any side projects I am currently working on as well). So far, I’ve been trying at a couple hundred words a day, as many as I could get out before the day is over. In the beginning, any progress is good progress. I know that I’m not the biggest fan of the editing process, but there are just some things that you do not need to stress over when you’ve just begun.
Over the weekend, I’ve picked up a few good Mystery/Thriller novels by authors I love, so I can indulge during my free time and really get excited about seeing this novel out until the end. It has been a little slow getting it going, but so far I can certainly say that I’ve begun to lay a solid foundation for the plot to be built off of. I began with an initial idea, and I am currently just seeing where it leads. It could very well unfold into something that I never could’ve imagined in the beginning – and that is always a rewarding feeling.
DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF TOO EARLY.
GET IT DONE, GET IT FINISHED.
My current word count is less than 1,000 but I’ve settled on a prologue I quite like and it seems to give a good window into what is to come (or what has already happened). I am playing with different written forms, letting my creativity take hold of this story, all the while enjoying every minute of progress I am able to complete. I will check back in later in the week to discuss a word count update, and any challenges that may arise when exploring a plot that is completely out of my comfort zone.
I hope you all have a wonderfully productive week! Happy Writing!
(I do not own the photograph above).