Monthly Archives: March 2015

Plugging along

I’ve been working diligently on the 365 thousand words in a year challenge. So far I’m at day 86 and at 87307 words. I’ve noticed that a thousand words a day is not really a challenge, but more of a habit. I’ve been at this schedule of waking at six am to write for about a year and a half. In that time I’ve written a lot. Some of it is terrible, and most of the time the first drafts look like a bloodbath from all the red ink when I do the first pass of edits. But, it becomes easier every morning to write. I’m not sure if this is because of the habit of it or because I’m reaching some new phase of my writing. I’ve recently had a first reader tell me that a second draft of a novel is the best thing I’ve written. I guess there is something to be said for practice making perfect.

Writing is something that started as a hobby. It was something that I did to amuse myself and because I saw snippets of things in my mind that I wanted to convey. Now I see more complete stories and full scenes and dialogues. I think something in my mind is changing with the practice. I think the biggest jump was when I realized that I can think and type at the same time. I no longer have to think about the typing so I can focus on the content and not the process. And the speed is the thing when it comes to writing. I have several more stories to write that I have queued up in my mind and I have more ideas every day. I truly think I could write eight hours a day and not exhaust the ideas I have for a long time. Writer’s block has not ever been the problem, it has always been, an will be for the foreseeable future, sufficient time to write all that I want to write.

Good words for you all.

JRH

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