I know I’m late. I wasn’t thinking, and totally didn’t notice that IWSG had come and gone.
But it’s kind of typical of how I’ve been feeling for the past few weeks. I don’t know if it’s the winter blahs, or if I was just burned out, but I haven’t done any writing since the second week of January. What have I been doing the last 3 weeks? Well, I tore through the first 7 seasons of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on Netflix, and I slept a lot.
I did try to write a couple of days, but this new story I was working on wasn’t coming out. I had the perfect image in my head of what it was about, and how I was going to get there, and it was going to be AWESOME – but when it came down to writing it felt like a dead weight that I couldn’t lift.
I think it might have been because I was trying to type the first draft instead of handwriting it. I think I’m one of those people who just has to handwrite the first draft. For me handwriting stories just flows better. I’m not so hung up on editing as I go. If I see a mistake on the screen I have to stop and fix it. If I’m handwriting it, I just move on. It’s going to get typed up and edited later anyway. I can handwrite for an hour non-stop, but I get bored typing for that amount of time.
Also, the siren call of the internet is a major distraction when trying to write on my laptop.
So what does this have to do with anything? Well, it’s a late start, but I’m going to set a goal of 500 words a day for the rest of the month. So that gets me to 11,000 words for the remainder of the month. I even put up a little counter over there to guilt me into doing it. Check back with me next month. Maybe for the next IWSG post I’ll have some good things to say.