You’ve made a list, you wrote 500 words. You’ve already taken the first steps towards writing, you’ve written. Ask yourself three questions. First, did you enjoy it? Yes, it can be intimidating, yes it can be challenging, but did you enjoy, either the act of writing, or having written?
If the answer is yes, then you know you want to go forward. If the answer is no, before you put down your pen, let me ask you question two. This question is really the important one. Is the subject you’re writing about important enough to write, even if you don’t enjoy the process?
If the answer is no, you’ve still answered a question you’ve always wondered about. If the answer is yes, then you have more than a desire to write. You have something so important, that you are now compelled to write. Writing is exciting, not only for the enjoyment of it, but for the way it can affect a life.
From history to mystery, words written thousands of years ago have shaped the destinies of men and women in the 21st century. We are not in this internet age because we invented all of these things, we are in this age, because we inherited them.
The last question is, what’s your next step. There are actually two of them. The first is, decide if what you have written is the topic you want to go forward with, or the taxi to get you to the runway. Taxi writing gets the juices pumping, it’s like stretching before a run. It’s not the marathon, but it will help the marathon to go smoother.
If the topic you’ve written about is what you’re passionate about, then start writing. If not, take today, decide what you want to start writing. Notice, you don’t have to decide where you’re going, just what you’re starting with.
The second step, is to write 500 words for the next five days. This will lead you into Nanowrimo. Since you’ve begun a few days early, you don’t face the intimidation of starting. You are already on your journey.
Remember, write, don’t read. Don’t try to write and edit, that’s a sand trap. Write, put it aside, and write again. Let’s talk tomorrow about characters. They are found in every piece of writing in some form, and they can make your writing easier.