2013: The Year of the Writer has officially hit its first bump in the road. Don't get me wrong, I didn't let writer's block get the best of me. I put my butt in the chair and added to my story every day. But some days, it sure felt like work.
Then, I heard about this great technique that I think will help me be more successful. Perhaps, ahem, 1000 words a day was a bit, shall we say, ambitious. Some parts of my story just aren't ready for 1000 words. Sometimes I need to take a step back and get a little more research done before I can make a scene work.
Like yesterday, for example. I needed to craft a knife fight. But, you see, I've never been in a knife fight. The closest I've been is watching my sons whittle with their pocket knives, or chiffonading spinach for an omelette with my chef's knife. I needed to learn a thing or two if I wanted to make it authentic.
Needless to say, it took me awhile to eke out my 500-word scene.
I decided I needed a more manageable goal. And a friend of mine came up with the perfect solution:
Now there's a daily goal I can manage!
It makes perfect sense. Twenty-five words is just enough to get your creative juices flowing. It's like a piece of chocolate or Lay's potato chips: you can't eat just one, you can't stop there, you have to keep going. And if not? Well, it's still an accomplishment.
So what tricks do you use to jump-start your muse?