Well, perhaps it’s not morning where you are… it’s not really morning still here either. So that’s “OK”. We’re live now.
Today is the first day of Round 1, 2019. A new day, a new year, new words, new commitments, new ideas… are you ready? Our first check-in comes up Wednesday.
Now, many of you have posted your goals for this round of words (I haven’t… just like this post, I’m running bit off schedule). If you haven’t yet, feel free to go ahead and do so now. The linky and the post will remain active for another few weeks.
If you aren’t sure of where to start and what to do, well, here’s a good place…
Seriously, start writing. Start creating. Or, in the words of my husband, “Do anything, even if it’s wrong.” You can toss out a page of crappy first draft words, you can edit them, you can save and frame them as a memorial to the moment you decided to BE a writer instead of dreaming of one.
Lately, as I’ve plotted and planning some changes to the ROW80 site, I’ve been looking over our large archive of inspirational posts. A common thread or two has shown up—the need to “just write” even when the words don’t seem to want to come out right (or sometimes at all). And of course, the “how do we find ideas”, but that’s a topic for another post.
The thing is, we do tend to cripple ourselves from the first with ideas of how we should be instead of how we plan to be. This may seem like I’m splitting hairs here, but it’s pretty simple really. If we feel we ‘should’ be able to write great stories, then that crappy first draft will be a heartbreaking experience. But if we plan to write great stories, we can set goals to get us there, step by step..
And of course, this works for so many things we do, not just writing.
As for the quote… think of it combined with this one:
I could, of course, add a hundred others, all threading together. The point is… write, made wonderful-terrible words, then write some more. And somewhere in there, those great stories will happen. For you, for someone you care about… perhaps even for a complete stranger.