Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Inspiring You - Day 6

Oh, Monday, Monday, Monday...

It was a good Monday, overall, but not a good Monday for writing on the manuscript. I managed to squeeze in less than an hour before work, but no work was done on it outside of my thoughts for the rest of the day.

My combined word count for this draft, including a GMC chart is 3,119 words. I'm impressed that I have that much and must have written more this weekend than I realized.

We have some who have started new stories and some who are revising existing stories. Some of you we have not heard from, but I know you are with us in spirit!  The key is to keep your head up and keep moving forward no matter where you are in the process of writing.

If you all will remember, just a few short months ago, I was pushing hard to finish a manuscript I'd worked on far too long. It was hard work and I had many road blocks, but each road block helped me reach my final destination.  My ultimate goal was to finally submit it to a publishing house that had requested it a year or so before.

Don't despair if you have reached a huge wall and are unable to write. If you are blocked in a scene, try to go back from the beginning and read your story, for enjoyment. Mark places you are bored or that you feel you are trying to skip over. This will indicate the place where your pacing is off. Call your friends and talk out the story.


Sometimes, though, you need a break from it. Take that break and enjoy the life around you. The story will be there when you return. It will be published all in God's time. He may have planned this break just for you.

Where are you in your writing journey today. If you're frustrated or tired, bring those forth. We're here to support you and move you through the valley.

Look, just ahead! Look at the promises waiting for you on the horizon!


Don't give up!

3 comments:

Dianna Shuford said...

Long time, no hear. I'm slowly trying to get back into the swing of things. A severe ear infection has had me down for the count, and my energy is not rebounding as it should. I'm hoping that will reverse soon.

I haven't written anything, but I have allowed myself this time to watch tv, read for pleasure, and relax as much as I've been able. I'm hoping to get back into revisions this weekend. Maybe I can look back, past the sickness, and know that I've enjoyed this downtime.

Soon, I'll be able to post some positive progress for everyone to see.

Christy LaShea said...

Good to hear from you Dianna! I hope you recover soon and get back into the swing of things. I know this has been a difficult couple of months since you returned to work, traveling and dealing with being ill again. God speed your recovery!

Rebecca Lynn said...

I did another 2K yesterday. Something like 2175, or somewhere around there. I'm gonna edit it tonight, so let's call it 2K. Because I'm sure at least 200 words will get edited out. :-)

So that's something over 5K total. I don't have many days to finish the 45K. That might be unrealistic, but I'm still gonna shoot for it. :-)