Day 129 – Stay solid and on track

Day one hundred twenty-nine of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 500

I again had to fight the urge to go straight to bed tonight instead of writing. When I get like that I resort to giving myself little pep talks, saying things like, “just sit down and write,” “stay solid,” and “stay on track.” Thankfully, it works. I sat down and wrote. Only 500 words, but that’s a little over a page I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t.

Staying solid and on track is so important. Not simply to make progress on your writing, but also to encourage yourself. To be able to acknowledge and even celebrate what you accomplished each day leading up to today will help drive your ambition tomorrow. Be your own inspiration. Even when you’re tired.

Day 128 – Surprise yourself

Day one hundred twenty-eight of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,200

Completely weary, I sat down at my laptop quite late tonight. I wanted to just go to bed. But I ignored that need notion and settled in front of the keyboard. Write, I told myself. Even if only a hundred words, write. Think about the story, keep your focus. Write.

1,200 words later, I’m now going to go to bed. Satisfied. Pleased with myself. Totally surprised that I pulled that out this late at night when I was so tired. Sure, I nodded off for a moment here and there. I even startled awake to find sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss across my screen. But that’s what the DELETE key is for. No harm, no foul. 1,200 words down (not including the string of ssss), and the story is continuing to move forward. Progress, when I could have easily just gone to bed and made none.

When you’re feeling like you don’t have it in you or you just plain don’t want to, go for it anyway. You might only manage a hundred words. But then again, you might just surprise yourself.