Today we will write 1000 words. To mark our imperfections and try to improve on them. Because we are imperfect human beings in so many ways, reflections of the messy world around us. But on the page we can always strive for greatness, or at least goodness. We can sort through all the nonsense around us (sometimes nonsense of our own making, or at least it’s that way for me) and try to arrive at a place of understanding, if not betterment. Even if these shifts and changes are not obvious on the page, perhaps we can see it, feel it, subtly within us. Those thousand words — or however many you get to — are part of the slow march we can take in this life to a more thorough comprehension of our personal universe.
Do you know what your next steps are after this? I wrote all the new scenes I needed for my novel, and I’m on to revisions after this, though I’ve still a long time to go on it yet. I begin this as I started: with a new to-do list. But a shorter one, I think. (I hope, please, for the love of God.)
Can you take the time today to assess what you accomplished and where you want to go after this? Can you think for a moment about how to build upon it? And can you pat yourself on your back a little bit, too?
I genuinely hope you got something out of this week. It felt like a worthy use of my time, and I hope it was for you, too. I valued you being here along with me. I showed up every day because I knew you were writing, too. There were 5,755 of you as of this morning. I felt y’all. Thank you for being here.
After this, I’ll be back over at the Craft Talk newsletter weekly. There will be a big all-star #1000wordsofsummer starting on June 17, for two weeks, and I’ll do another Mini 1000 this fall sometime, so stay signed up for this newsletter if you think you’ll be interested in doing that.
Thank you again for your subscriptions, and again, if you’d like to support me, I have eight books, including a fresh new paperback.
Now stop reading this, and start writing your words. One step closer to understanding.
I clearly needed this community, and this challenge, to prime the pump of my writing for 2023.
2,289 words today. And a new place to keep them:
I am so grateful for the motivation and support offered in this space. Sending best wishes to all the others here, with a special shout-out to any other tired parents who are trying to squeak this out during a kiddo's naptime, or before they wake up, or after bedtime, or all three.
I'm definitely finding that the regularity of the writing is making the writing easier to do when I do it, who would've guessed...
1010 words today.