Reading about the RWA Kiss of Death Chapter‘s online Book in a Week (BIAW) gave me a tingle. The timing looked perfect. It would start on Post-Thanksgiving Monday, a work holiday for me. I haven’t written much this year. Could be a much needed jump start.
Registering was easy enough. So was reading the KOD online article archive. Patricia Rosemoor graciously hosted Sunday’s pre-workshop. Motivating!
On Monday morning, I rose early. Of course, before I could start writing I had some chores to finish from the weekend but they wouldn’t take long.
When I finally sat down at my computer, I stared at a blank screen. No surprise. Despite Sunday’s strongly worded advice, I still had no inkling what storyline I wanted to pursue. As a historical writer, I wasn’t even sure about the time period. I took a deep breath, grabbed my coat, and flew out to visit some thrift stores.
Sometime around 1:30 pm, hunger called. I pulled into a diner parking lot then picked up my purse and one of the books I’d just bought as an aid to motivation. Inside, as I waited for my salad, November’s sun poured through the window. I flipped open the pages of the suspense and started reading. Along with my delicious salad, I was soon wolfing down the story. It had been ages since words tasted so good!
A long time later, I walked back out to my car. An idea began to emerge. (Cue Alleluia music!)
Yesterday I wrote just over 2,300 words. I’m posting this in my blog because I need to share, to shout it aloud. I’m writing the post on my lunch hour so I’ll have tonight free to devote to my story. Feels good to say that again.
Wish me well. ∞
I just saw your posts about Paris. I live in France, but I am American. I lived in Paris for a year, but now I live in Lille. I loved Paris, but it was so expensive!
Living in Paris for a year sounds like a dream! I didn’t want to come home. But I agree that it is expensive! The apartment helped us some on cost for both eating and transportation.
Thanks so much for posting.
I’m so glad you worked past that blank page and allowed the idea angel to guide those words into sentences. May you have several more even more productive days.
Good to know you are writing. And thanks for posting. It inspired me to write more also.
Thank you, Cheryl. Well, I didn’t make as much progress as I’d hoped but it got me writing daily again. That’s the ultimate progress, don’t you think?
Daily writing is the key, and 2,300 words in a day is awesome! I’m doing my darndest to average about 1K a day, and so far, I’m making it.
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