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As someone who struggles to get words on the page every day, the above quote by Neil Gaiman has become one of my favorites. Just knowing a writer as great as Gaiman struggles sometimes too means a lot.
I've been listening to the Story Grid Podcast a lot lately, and one thing that keeps coming up, beyond all the great advice on story structure, is the need to just get words on the page, no matter how crappy they might be or how you feel on any given day.
My current problem is getting NEW words on the page each day. I seem to spend most of my time constantly revising parts of projects I'd started in the past and never finished. I just printed out 67 pages of a superhero novel that I had begun as part of a NaNoWriMo project years ago and, while I'm determined to finish it (I've even finished completely plotting it this time!), I still feel bad because so far I haven't actually written any new scenes for it.
Still, I'm emboldened by the fact that I DID write thos…
Well, after a week spent doing almost nothing but writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I'm heading back to work
at my day job this morning. While I'm obviously a little down about rejoining the daily grind and cleaning up whatever messes have been left for me, I did accomplish quite a bit while I was off: