Have you ever read a blog post and then realized that it was exactly what you needed to read in that moment? After reading a post by JeffO about the 'Just Write It' piece of advice that is often thrown about where writers are involved, I had that feeling, and after perhaps a short moment of procrastination while I mulled the idea over in my head... I just sat down and gave it a shot.
JeffO said in the post that while 'Just Write It' isn't always the right answer, sometimes it can be the best answer. In my case, it was the best answer. I have been sitting around for the last half of January trying to figure out how I should end my W.I.P 'WALLS' before I start to write it. After putting so much effort into planning the story - 11,380 words to be exact - it felt wrong to start writing without completing that final stretch of the plan. But I've been starting at the cursor in the word document and getting nowhere. 'Just Write It', I thought, after reading JeffO's post.
So I opened my planning document and I opened a new word document and called it 'Chapter 1'. Two hours later, the first chapter was complete at 2,700 words and I am so glad. I might not know how 'WALLS' is going to end yet, but it's only a first draft, and I don't need to know until I get to it. I can't go back and change anything that needs changing later. I can fix the inconsistencies during a proofreading and editing session. What I can't stand the thought of doing any longer is waiting unnecessarily when I could be writing.
A big thank you to JeffO! 'Chapter 2' will be on it's way tomorrow, I am sure. Until then, considering that it is currently 12:40AM, I might get some sleep.
When have you read the perfect blog post for your situation?