I think I can do this.
I had to give myself a pep talk a few days into this challenge. I came to my senses, got my butt in the chair and did what I must: Write the Story. Or at least work on it in some way – move it forward. It is what a professional author would do, right?
Of course, they would. It’s why they’re books are on the shelves and mine are still in a drawer (or computer file).
As my talk with myself unfolded, I discovered a few things. First, I have almost 25k words into this. That’s pretty cool.
And second, I am really enjoying this story and all it entails, like the research into my Historical setting. Learning the history of the city I grew up near and spent a lot of my time in, has been interesting and inspiring.
I didn’t live in the city limits, but this was the closest big city, as well as the capital of California. During the few adult years of my life I lived there, before moving to southern California and eventually Arizona, I spent much of my free time in downtown Sacramento. I loved taking the Capital Tours, walking through the park, K Street Mall and Old Sacramento.
It’s been a long time since I was last there and had the time to visit any of the places I remember. Many of those places have become other things, development has progressed during the nearly 30 years since I left.
My research has me making of list of new things I’d like to do next time I visit. I know this list get longer the deeper I get into my story. I’m looking forward to it! (Top of the list, an underground tour.)
The point of all this is, I’m working really hard at building the habit to write. Without my butt in my chair in front of my computer, my
story is not being written.
It takes me back to the first pep talk from Daniel José Older, which I wrote about here, and the quote he shared:
“My favorite advice of all time for writing (and life) comes from a poem by Antonio Machado: ‘Caminante no hay camino / se hace camino al andar.’
It means, ‘Walker, there is no path / the path is made by walking’.”
I’ve changed this for my writers’ mind:
“Writer, there is no story. The story is made by writing.”
We all have our story to tell. We just have to write it.
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