Pedal to the Metal: Just Make it Happen

Today’s the day. I finish the first draft of Corridors of the Dead. I went back and checked the blog to see if you can catch the genesis of the novel. Turns out you can.I seem to have received the email from the agent who turned things around for me back on May 5th. I felt like I was at bottom with all of the rejection letters, that I had no talent. It wasn’t the end, but I thought I could see it from there. That letter turned me around. I struggled some with a short story that was supposed to be a stopgap before starting the new book in the meantime. On May 10th I made a comment about how I wasn’t communicating the potential in the book and maybe it needed some rework. The next day I realized that I had been holding back on emotional content in the novel. I connected with Matty as a character, and away I went.

So three months and two weeks later, here I am. I’ve already written a retrospective post on this, so I won’t do that, but I did want to take a moment and acknowledge it to myself. Two whole novels in a year! I’ve never done that. As I was telling my buddy Rob, the greatest bit of advice I ever got was to institute a weekly word goal. That has made all the difference in the world when it comes to achieving my goals. You have to write about something when you have that word goal, so you may as well make it count.

Which brings me to the topic of today’s quickie post: just pushing through and writing. Seriously, it’s the most important thing you can do if you want your career to even get off the ground, let alone flourish. When I look back at the time I wasted by not doing this, by only writing when inspiration struck, it depresses me a little. I could have achieved a lot more by now, but then there’s also the chance that my career would look nothing like it does now and maybe I’m in the right place at the right time. Hard to say. But I’m not here to examine that.

There will be days when you’re sick and the words just dribble out. There will be days when your brain is frozen. Try to write anyway, even if it’s just a handful of words. If you’re doing this, chances are writing already feels like something you “have” to do, so it just makes the sense to make it something that becomes an ingrained habit. I know that I’ve seen benefits beyond just my career; my self-confidence has grown, as has my ability to communicate in everyday situations.

So give it a shot, just for a week or so, see how it fits you if you’re not doing it already.

Not sure if I’ll have another update between now and Monday. If not, hope everyone has a great weekend. We’ll resume our regularly schedule programming then…

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  1. Good morning! This is great advice. It’s advice that writers hear often, but they need to hear it as much as possible! Any reinforcement is helpful. Thanks for the reminder!

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