Especially hard when the self critic wakes up strong and ready to fill my head:
- What is this story about anyway?
- Have you heard of plot?
- Do you think you’re a writer?
- Why did you choose this “novel in stories” format? You’ve never done that before, you know.
- You’re only at 7,333 words and you’re tired?
- You have more than 42,000 words left. That’s a lot, you know.
But, I trudge on. This morning I told myself: This is the life of a writer — being in your head, battling that critic and getting words (somehow) on the page.
As I stared at the screen, cursor blinking, waiting for me to write SOMETHING at 6:33 am, I realized I was too close to one character. So, I changed her name, her situation, her family.
When I took a step back and switched those details, I was able to write 300 words. Whew.
Roughly 42,000 to go.