Today I hit a milestone. One hundred new pages. One third of the way to completion. And here I am holding them (though my webcam doesn’t really do the size of that stack much justice).
It feels like so much and so little at the same time. I grow each day from not only the experience of actually doing this, but from the fact that I’m doing it in a manner, which until this habit, I was wholly uncomfortable with. Writing chronologically used to be far too restrictive for me, but I’ve found a way to make it work and I think I’m better for it.
There are many things I already want to add, finesse, adjust in my second draft, but for now that wish list is relegated to note form. There’ll be no tinkering until the work is complete. Completion is everything. It is paramount.
And if I continue at my current pace I’ll be on track to wrap this puppy by the end of September, two months sooner than my previous best estimate. That kind of blows my mind. And makes me think for the umpteenth time that I should have kicked my ass into gear ages ago. But I suppose it’s like that old song says, there’s a time for everything.
In the coming weeks, I hope to write more here about the creation process itself. I’ll reveal the best trick I’ve found to avoiding writer’s block. Talk about that seemingly inevitable moment when your characters decide to highjack your story. Ruminate on the unexpected repercussions of creating new habits. And who knows what else. There might even be a new “It’s a Dog Life” interspersed in there somewhere too.
But for now, till next time, keep writing…