The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, June 27, 2014

I've Broken It, Baby!

          10,000 words might not seem like a lot, especially when a couple of months ago, I had 84,000.
           However, it is a lot when I started again from 0.

           This morning I worked on a longer project that I've been plagued by for the past two years. I'd gotten to 7,000 something after working on it--now and then--for the past month or so. After a few solid hours, I'd broken the 10,000 word barrier, baby!

           Writing is part talent but it's an equal part (or an even greater part) persistence. There are countless people who have a gift for writing, and yet they don't persist with it. They don't sit their butt in chair (BIC) and just write.

           I'm trying to prod/encourage/cajole/beg my WWWP writing critique group members to work on their big projects. (Warning to the WWWPs: I've got an electric cattle prod and I'm not afraid to use it.) Each woman has a "biggie" they're working on. Two of them have incredible YA manuscripts in progress. One has an adult novel they're working on (not that kind of adult novel--get your mind out of the gutter). One has a memoir that's touching and rollicking.

        Be persistent with whatever you're working on. Don't give up. Think of how you eat a T-bone or a cheeseburger or a tuna steak. You don't shove it all into your mouth at once--you eat it one bite at a time.

       Be persistent, one bite or one step or one word at a time...