January 12 and I'm happy to report I'm at 13,000 words in my #1000wordsaday challenge. I'm pretty happy about that.
One of the issues I have as a writer, and let's face it a lot of writers have, is that was stall easily and we get blocked. It really is better to keep going, to just write a bit every day in order to push through the blocks and keep your head in the story. I have periods where I'm great at that but then I finish a project or publish a book or just plain lose momentum. I'm really hoping I can break that habit.
The truth is I've spent some long, luxurious days out on magical Sydney Harbour taking in the sun, drinking wine and laughing with friends since January began. I love those days and normally I don't write in January at all. I say to myself that I don't need to, that I get the month off. The thing is I usually give myself December off too, in a post-NaNoWriMo celebration and because December kicks my butt anyway.
That's all very lovely but that's 8 weeks lost. I'm simply trying to maintain the energy while enjoying summer. I have skipped days but I've made them back. Now I'm ahead. Ahead works for me psychologically better than behind. it works during NaNoWriMo and I suspect my momentum will pick up in the next couple of days if I can move further ahead. We'll see.
Meanwhile I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. (Yes I do take most of my life lessons from stop motion animation, thanks for asking!)