So last week I told you that our new pup, Kassi, was a natural at sitting on command. It came easy, just like the burst of a new idea as it comes to a new writer is natural and exciting. The hard part for both is staying.
Kassi is easily distracted. The world is new, There’s so much to investigate, so much to see and explore. Same with a new writer. Distractions and avoidance are hard to overcome, but staying is even more important than sitting as far as I'm concerned. Setting word count goals are helpful. I try for a thousand words a day, but when I’m starting a new novel it’s less than that and at the end, more.
I also think it’s important to stay at the same time for the same amount of time every day. That’s when the magic happens. Take an hour sit, stay, and write and see what happens. Even if a writer writes one page a day in that span of time, they have a novel at the end of the year. The accumulation of staying pays dividends quickly. The hard part is avoiding the Internet, or reading, or TV. Staring out the window counts as working, so that’s not a worry. Just do whatever it takes to keep writing. Stay in the chair, at the desk, fingers on the keyboard. You'll be glad you did. Just like Kassi, only I can't promise a treat at the end of the exercise. The doing of it has to be the reward.
I think I’ll stay on the dog commands for writers for a little while. There’s a few more to explore, and spending time with Kassi is always a pleasure…