Well, not really, but it sounds good, right. Today isn’t the first day of my next project. It the first day that I am returning to it after more than a month off. I didn’t write for a month. Yes, that is right, I didn’t write for over a month. I thought about it, but I didn’t do it. And I don’t feel bad about it. I am not beating myself up.
I work three jobs. There are days when I really don’t have the time.
Still a few days ago, I added about six hundred words but I was still going in the wrong direction. I didn’t like what I was writing or where it was going. I did my time at the keyboard and then left it there. Left it to stew for a while.
And it has sat, because I was no longer in love with the story. I still love Raelin, my protagonist, but the story that I began writing over three years ago has gotten messy, muddled and confusing. If it that way for me, then my potential readers wouldn’t enjoy it either. I have been doing a little research and realize that I had some major holes in the flow of the story. Those need to be patched and a direction plotted. My characters can feel free to run a muck once that is done.
I printed out a new copy of the draft. Ninety pages of my work. Over the next two weeks, I am going to read it and make some notes. Then, it is back to the key board. I have a goal in mind for how long the book will be in the end between 80,000 to 100,000 words and then I will begin the trimming. The thing is I still have to get there. And I only get there by writing day after day.
Today is the first day on my next project because today is the day that I am fall back in love with Raelin’s story.
Today is the day that I sit down at my keyboard day after day and write.
Writing isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard. You just have to put one word after another.