I’ve slowly started breaking my bad habits. I gave up smoking, even my beloved pipe. I’ve started getting exercise in the form of walking every day. Now I just need to break the worst habit of all. I need to stop not writing every day. I honestly can’t explain why it’s such a struggle to make myself do something I love so much, but there it is. I need ot force myself to do it every day until not writing feels strange to me.
Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of writing accoutrements. Typewriters, computers, smart phones, tablets. Each of them promising to make my life as a writer easier. Each time I find myself going back to my old standby, a good fountain pen and a notebook. Maybe I’m just nostalgic, but I think it’s something more than that. Computers come with myriad distractions built in. Even typewriters make it too easy to spend my time editing what I’ve just written rather than just writing. With a pen, I can just flow. I don’t even edit as I go so much (partly because I have to make an effort to read what I’ve written). Also, a pen and a notebook are infinitely portable and never run out of batteries.
Apologies to all my fans for the recent lack of updates. There hasn’t been much to tell lately because I haven’t been able to do much writing lately. I have been dealing with a back injury and have been in too much pain to think, let alone tell a story. The good news is, I have gotten the pain back to a manageable level and have resumed writing. I promise more frequent updates in the future.
I just love it when I’m writing a story and something happens that even I wasn’t expecting.
I’ve come to realize why I’ve been struggling with the story I was working on. I started it over ten years ago and have been trying to revive it, but the sad truth is, I’m a completely different person than I was then. So good news and bad news. Bad news, it’s going to take me a little more time to finish my first book. Good news, I just started a new story and I’ve finally got my flow back. Almost 2000 words in just a couple hours before I had to stop. I really want to keep going but I know to quit when I start to get punchy.
Well friends, it’s all over but the drinking. I have to confess, I failed miserably. I blame it on a lack of planning. About a week in I realized there were some serious holes in my plot. Once I finally figured them out, I was already well behind the curve. After a few other problems, I was forced to admit I wasn’t going to finish on time. But don’t worry, I learned some valuable lessons. The most important of these was simply the habit of writing every day. Even if I work slowly, if I work every day I will finish in time.
Sorry I haven’t posted lately. I’ve been attempting nanowrimo this year. The bad news that unless a miracle happens, I won’t be finishing my 50,000 words. By the end of the month. The good news is I’ve made great strides toward finishing my first novel.
Just added a little treat to my website www.justinmkelly.info click on writing samples.
Well, I think I finally managed to get this thing working with my site. Let me know what you think.
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