I am into my 7th month of writing the same piece. I hit 30,000 words earlier this week. It may not sound like much to some, but it feels like a big accomplishment. I have stayed focused on the same story for six full months. While I haven’t written everyday of those six months, the story has stayed at the back of my mind as I go about my day.
I had this grand idea that I would have the first draft finished in four months. Four months – HA! I was a little over confident. It might take me another six months. It might take me two months. I think the writing would be faster without a cat walking on my keyboard and my arms periodically. She’s cute. She’s annoying. Perfect cat.
Also, life gets in the way. Big in the way.
Hello Life. You are in my way.
I didn’t meet my initial goal for the first draft. I am not deterred. I have enough planned out to finish a solid first draft. And I have plenty of new ideas to use to flesh out the story as it is laid out. It really feels good to not let a story die within the first 5,000 words. It feels good to not get distracted by a different story as well. Don’t get me wrong. The different story ideas are floating around and are so very tempting. So very tempting.
I will keep keeping on. And in the end I want to be proud of myself. I want to show off my creation even if it’s just to my sister. I want to be more than I’ve allowed myself to be over the past few years. This is for me.