Yesterday I logged a marathon day with my coursework. I completed fifteen pages in the workbook, created eighteen pages of detailed notes, proposed story situations, and even a few dialogue lines to aid in writing my scene-by-scene outline. Next, I shifted gears and wrote another two pages of ideas I want to ensure I include in the first twenty to thirty pages. Many of these items may only be a brief mention of something or a glimpse of a character. But I intend to use them to help foreshadow events slated to happen later in the storyline.
Then I ran out of steam, or rather, my hand rebelled, started cramping, and made it next to impossible for me to continue working. I enacted pivot number two and picked up a book from the instructor’s suggested reading list. I made progress, even though I didn’t meet my goal of completing 20 pages. The finish line is floating on the horizon, and scenes are beginning to play out in my head. My excitement is building. My enthusiasm is driving me forward, pushing me towards my objective of finalizing the outline so I can begin the most rewarding part of this project—writing the first draft.
I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 236 countable words.
Did you write yesterday?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer