I often have trouble getting started on projects. I think it’s because I know just how long writing a novel takes, just how much can go wrong in the process.
I know from experience just how easy it is to either not finish, or have to drag myself across the finish line by sheer force of will, spite-writing something I’ve grown to abhor.
I’m not really art a place, personally our emotionally, where I can spend that kind off time writing something I don’t enjoy.
And I can’t really face the thought of putting hours and hours into something without finishing it, ending up with nothing to show for it.
I remember feeling like this year’s ago, and I’m going to do what I did then: I’m going to write shorter things, things I can finish in a day or two, even at my current limited time and energy budget.
These may be short stories, even flash fiction. They may just be scenes. They may never be a part of any larger work.
But they will be short-term, achievable objectives, things I can pan ahead of time and then do.
I know I said I was going to do something like that at the beginning of the summer, but the difference was that those had to be complete sorry stories, Asics I got jammed up trying to think of plots and premises for them all.
Now, it just has to be short, achievable.
I hope to rebuild my fiction writing muscles to the point that I can duo NaNoWriMo in November, and carve out enough time early in the morning that I won’t inconvenience my family while I’m doing so.
Nothing helps you sided like confidence and practice. Nothing builds you’re confidence and motivates you to practice like success. So let’s build some small successes.