Day 2: so far, so good.
This morning , I really hadn’t expected today’s writing to go very well. It took me absolutely forever to get to sleep last night (fun), and then I woke fairly early and subsequently found myself unable to get back to sleep (FUN). Needless to say, I’m feeling a wee bit tired by this point.
After a good amount of procrastination in the morning, I decided to knuckle down and see if I could at least finish the thousand words I’d intended to do the day before. I promptly did just that. I then managed to crank out just over a thousand additional words, leaving my total word count at 2061. Thus, after two days I’m ever so slightly ahead of my 1000-per-day target. Honestly, I’m feeling rather chuffed right now.
I’m not sure if many of today’s words (or, hell, any of them) are actually any good but the key thing is that they’re presenting things which need to be presented. I can make sure that these things are presented well once I get to the redrafting stage; right now, my primary aim is to simply get the entire story written down so that I have something to work with.
Since this post has come out a bit on the short side, I though I’d also share one the ways I’ve started getting more words out when a session isn’t going well. Essentially, I leave my computer for around an hour and proceed to do a flurry of physical exercise: squats, press-ups and sit-ups, in that order. I still need to work on my technique for the former two (particularly the squats), but they seem to do the job: I always feel invigorated afterwards and the resulting rush of the blood to my head does wonders for my writing speed. It’s the best way to break a block that I currently know.
Got any tricks of your own for breaking a writing drought? Got a WIP right now? Feel free to post your thoughts below.