Writers write, and update, and a few words of motivation…unedited…

Today’s been an eventful day for me as a writer. I’ve managed to pen an ending for two stories that’s languished in incompleteness. Both The Old, Tired Veteran, and The WidowMaker are drafted, and I managed to do it while sick, so YaY!

It’s strange how both are short stories less than ten thousand words. I enjoyed writing them, but I had no clear vision of how to end them. Then, this morning it was like a switch got flipped, and I was like, “Oh, that’s how it should go.”

I’ve come to notice that writing has moments of weirdness. Today proved it. The past week, I’ve been neck deep in the rewriting of A Hot Day Down South, and not once did I think of these two stories. But this morning happened, and I set aside the rewrite to work on these two stories. Now, I’m at my desk, sipping coffee, and about to tackle the rewrite. 

Because that’s the way my day chose to play out. 

There’s a natural flow to writing, and I tend to go where the flow leads. Sometimes, that’s a good thing. Other times, I suppress my desire to investigate new story ideas and focus on the task at hand. In the end though, it boils down to self-discipline. 

“You don’t need more story ideas; you need to finish.” I mutter that to myself many times throughout the day. Even at night, I wake myself saying, “just finish, idiot.” I’m kidding, I don’t do that at all. 

Yet, even as I write this for publication tomorrow morning, my eye drifts to the note pad to the left of my MacBook. On the notepad are scribble marks and those scribbles are a basic outline for a new writing. Near that notepad lies my Samsung tablet, my charging iPhone, a notebook filled with more things to add to my rewrite, and my G-Shock watch. 

I leave the outline out to keep me working on my rewrite. The outline serves the function of reward for completing the work I’m writing now. “Look at it! A new story for you to dig into, IF you finish the one, you’re working on now.” 

Yeah, I’m a sadist to myself but it works. Today, on my PC, I created a new folder and in it I stored the works I’ve drafted so far this year. I’ve had a good year so far. In this year, I’ve written a short story that was published in an E-book on Amazon, I’ve completed Holes, The Recluse, The WidowMaker, Faithless, The Tired Old Veteran, Rough Love, and a few others. By completed I mean drafted. That’s not too shabby for nine months of work. 

I’ve got three more months to finish this rewrite, but I plan to have it done (100k words) by the end of October. What’s the rush? November is NaNoWriMo, and although I’ve grown tired of the endless pandering and promotion of ‘causes’, it’s a great way to keep the daily writing habit sharp. 

So, I’ll give it a go, and see what happens with it.

Anyway, this post will make 167 days I have written consecutively. That’s nothing in comparison of this woman I met, who claimed to have written every day for 53 years. I can’t even begin to fathom such devotion; I want to, but here I am bragging about 166 days. 

It doesn’t matter if you do it until your tired, and then walk away from it for a while. You’re still a writer, but I am fond of what I read once: Writers write.

Even if it’s a grocery list, or a simple thank you note, writers write. It didn’t say that writers are published. So, however you do it, putting pen to paper or whatever tool you use, try and get some writing done. 

I’ll be over here trying to find the words to stick into this rewrite. 


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  1. As a fellow writer, I felt so encouraged by your post – look at you go, finishing two stories and getting some work done on some of your other writing projects too! YOU LEGEND! I’m so proud of you and hope you are celebrating writing for over 100 days straight! Woo! Cheering you on xx

  2. Hi Janet! I’m glad you were encouraged. It’s been a journey writing every day, a challenge to do so in fact. Somedays, it comes out in a gush of word vomit, and others it’s just easy breezy. I have no idea why I never finished those stories, but now they’re done until it’s time to rewrite them! I wish you much success in your writing. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

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