August 24, 2021 - The Start

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

As usually happens, life has thrown me a curve ball this month. To be truthful, I was complicit in the way the game has played out, but I hadn’t intended to make this move for another year. That’s where life came in.

Yes, I’m being vague, and yes, it’s on purpose.

Let’s just say I’m now juggling priorities and trying to figure out what to do next. Several times a day.

The good news is, I did start Homicide on the Range this morning. I didn’t get the 2,000 words I was aiming for, much less catch up on the 2,000 words I didn’t write yesterday. But I did write slightly over 1400 words, which isn’t bad for an hour’s worth of work. I didn’t like a lot of what I wrote. As always, I got off to a rough start, trying to figure out exactly how the story would open. In revisions, I’ll probably change the first few paragraphs a lot.

But I was encouraged by the fact that the scenes started playing themselves out in my mind. Once I made a decision about what to write next, the characters took over and led me through the next few hundred words. This is a good thing, because it means I’ve done enough planning for my unconscious, my muse, if you will, to work out the details on the fly.

I’m not sure how tomorrow will work out. I have to run more errands tomorrow (which is what I was doing a good part of yesterday), and that always throws me off as far as writing goes. I’ll be happy once my life is a bit more settled again. I’m going to try to focus on that rather than the disruptions I’ll need to deal with for the next month.

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