Words Written on Day Three: 721
Total Words Written: 1,223
Throughout the month of October, I tried to figure out which novel I would concentrate on. It wasn’t easy settling on one, not for lack of ideas, but for quite the opposite. I have nearly 50 ideas for novels in my mind. Some have as few as a few hundred words outlining the very basic story line. Others have up to 15,000 or so words written so far. But they’re obviously still far from complete.
On the 31st of October, I opened my excel file that has a comprehensive list of all my fiction and non-fiction ideas “in the works.” I read every title, considered it, felt a renewed inspiration to work on every single one of them, and remembered just how awesome some of those outlines are (complete with the debilitating thought that I’ll never do the subject justice on the awesome ones).
I finally decided on one (okay, so it was two; I settled on two and thought that I could just go back and forth between the two of them, depending on what I was inspired to write at any given moment).
Then on the first of November, fairly late in the evening, when I was getting nervous about not having written a single word yet, I pulled up that excel file one last time. I prayed one last time. And decided to work on something completely different from what I had originally chosen.
It was a book idea, a series actually (the only series in my list so far) that came to me a couple of years ago. About a year ago, I jotted down the outlines for half a dozen of the series. This first one had only a paragraph written up on it. I read that first paragraph and it just jumped out at me. Like it didn’t want to wait any longer.
So that’s the one I opted for. And I’m excited to be working on it. Every day more ideas about the story, more details, filter into my mind and I only hope for enough time in my days to write them all down.
Was it the Tortoise who said slow and steady wins the race? I think I’ll take that on as a motto this month.