Here’s a little YouTube inspiration that I listened to throughout the week. I needed a gentle kick in the ass so I would be forced to produce. Well, I probably needed something more than gentle, but this is a start!
These pep talks helped me crank out 2,600 words over the past couple of days. Not that word count is very important in the first draft stage, but those bits of advice reminded me that I needed to get my story down in order to fix it later. I’m about halfway through a short story now, hoping to crank out the rest of it this weekend. Then I’ll let it marinate for another week and start revising.
Am I the only writer with a short memory? I know you guys struggle too, so maybe not. It just seems so easy for me to forget the importance of getting those initial words down, beginning to end.
I think part of the issue is that my day job requires me to be very technical and accurate and I carry that over to how I write. I have an innate desire to nail things on the first go and not be wrong. Of course, there are few things more paralyzing than that.
Maybe that becomes less and less of a problem as one gains more experience. I think I’ll make it a regular habit of watching these clips once a week. A focused effort, if you will, on ensuring the idea is always in the front of my mind. I say the front because the back of my mind is just a mess and I can never find anything in there. In fact, I think it’s filled with weird things like coloring books from 1983 and some of my old mixtapes.
Have a great weekend everyone!