I suppose technically, it’s not day one. I started this project at the beginning of the year, but life happened and got in the way. It’s been shelved for several months while I get things in order, but now it’s a new month, and that means a good time to start working on it again.
But getting started again isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
I work best when I have momentum behind me. It’s easier to muster the will to sit down and write something every day when I’ve been doing it for every day, and I’m pushing three months without writing anything of importance at all. It’s been there in the back of my head since this morning, but I haven’t been able to sit down and make myself concentrate. Getting back into the groove is going to be tough.
Partly to help hold me accountable while I’m getting back into the swing of things, I’ll be posting something short to my blog every day while I get this short story done, most likely just a brain-spill of the difficulties I had in writing, or getting to writing, or something along those lines.
The trouble of getting back into the groove is one of the reasons I picked a small project to get rolling with. I’m shooting for just 10,000 words and giving myself a bit over two weeks to do it. If the story finishes before that, then great! I’ll be aiming for 500 words a day for the first week or so, working my way up to 1,000 words a day to finish the project. That should give me enough momentum rolling into the next project that I’ll be able to hit my goals for it fairly easily.
And who knows–maybe if the blogging-about-it-every-day works out for me, I might blog my way through the next project, too.
Until then, I have a story to write, so I’d better get cracking.
Rusty or not, 500 words should be easy, right?