Monday, March 8, 2010

Getting Back in the Saddle

Hello! Why yes, it has been a long time since my last post. I was off battling computer viruses and then some physical ones, and when you toss in some general writerly apathy, it leads...well, not to this place.

But that was then, this is now. I'm regrouping and getting back into the writing mindset. This week I'm setting myself a nightly goal of writing for 15 minutes nonstop. No, that's not very long, but right now 15 minutes feels like 15 hours. Baby steps, you know? I'm scared to start writing again because I'm scared I won't find the words. They're in me, though. I just have to hunker down and dig them out.

Over the next few weeks I think all of us here at the Melt-Ink Pot are going to try something new and pick a weekly topic on which we'll each share our own thoughts. I, for one, am looking forward to this experiment; I hope you are too!


Colleen M. said...

One of the gals in my GSRWA chapter swears by a challenge she has completed - 100 words in 100 days - she says on days when the last thing we want to do is get back in front of a computer, this challenge has made it easier because your minimum word count is small - but also makes for great motivation when you get grooving on something...

I'm excited for our weekly topics too :)

Andrea said...

That's actually better than what I'm doing. Maybe I switch it up. :)

Sheila said...

That sounds like excellent advice. (Re-)Develop the habit, but take baby steps so it's not so intimidating. Good luck!

There have been days when my word count has been embarrassingly small -- I think 22 is my low -- but my bargain with myself was that I should write at least *something* every day, and so far, except for one day (for which I gave myself dispensation), I have succeeded. The real challenge, I suspect, will be in keeping the ball rolling once I finish the current WIP, possibly as early as next week, and need to roll over into edit mode while still working on something new.