The first word

Writing that first word of the day is always the hardest one. There are so many ways to procrastinate. Gotta download the e-mail, of course. Oh, and Facebook must be checked. Hmm, anything interesting on Craigslist today? Better pop over to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and see if Brett Favre has said anything new to set off another frenzy about his return to the Vikings. I can spare a few minutes to my appetite for destruction with Crush the Castle 2. Oh! Somebody commented on my Facebook status update.

Yeah, that’s a pretty typical day for me. It hasn’t been so bad the past couple of weeks, though. I’m working hard on three projects, trying to get them finished before school starts next month. It’s extremely unlikely I’ll get all three of them done, but I’ll feel good about it if I just keep working consistently every day.

Yesterday I wrote over 5,000 words on the new collaboration project and Nadia’s Children. Today, though, I got up late and was going from one task to another until about 10:40 p.m., when I finally came to the computer to write. Some twenty minutes later, assured that Favre was quiet today and all is well with Facebook, I turned to the collab project, because it had been my turn to write a chapter for about 23 hours at that point. An hour later I’d cranked out about 2,100 words and sent it back to my partner.

After that first word, it just flows like blood. The trick is just getting to sit down at the computer, then putting aside all the distractions and focusing on that first word.

3 responses to “The first word”

  1. Thank you, this is a great post!
    Your first paragraph, well I’m sure a lot of us can relate to that. Often all I want to really do is write, but I can’t bring myself to just get writing. There so much to distract myself with.

    I’m going to try focusing on getting the first word, or sentence out, and flowing the writing from there. 🙂

  2. Nancy McGregor Avatar
    Nancy McGregor

    Great post, I just popped over from Carrie Jones Facebook to check out your booklist and found this little treasure. It’s inspired me to start back at my writing even though it is just for a bit of fun.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Best of luck on the writing. Writing should always be for fun, even if you’re getting paid for it.

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