No, not the new movie with Eddie Murphy in it (A Thousand Words).
This is a goal I’ve made myself and am trying my hardest to stick with.
I am trying to write a novel in less than two months (eek!). To do that, I’ve decided to write at least a thousand words per day. I started nine days ago and currently have 7, 191 words. I’m slightly behind where I want to be, but those were the first three chapters: I hate writing beginnings. Now that I’m getting settled into some gentle rising action, I’ll hopefully keep on top of my writings.
Writer’s block is my ‘frenemy.’ While I hate him for keeping me from my ideas, I also have to keep on good terms with him. If I get a healthy dose from good ol’ blockhead I’ll print off what I have done, grab my notebook, and go for a walk. With spring starting to creep back I’ll be doing this more — writing outside, I mean. Last week I spent an hour and a half sitting on a log in the woods; today I was sprawled out in a field, jeans getting wet and grass-stained, but who cares? If it unclogs the words from my pen, it’s all good. I can get my best ideas surrounded by frozen moss or dead grass, and this season won’t last forever! Soon the black flies will be swarming, spiders will be hatching, and ants will make the ground an unfit place to sit on unless you want them crawling in your pants. Spring is the ideal writing-outdoors time. It’s making my 1000 words a little less forced and a little more enjoyable.
Today I’m going to try to catch up on those 2000 words I’m behind on. Do you have any rituals, charms, or theories on how to banish writer’s block?
Happy writing to you!
PS: I may have found a name for my nameless girl. Mina. It’s a little softer than I’d like, but if I find something more suited to her blunt and cheeky personality I can always change it.