My new motto for writing has become the following:
Even if it sucks, at least it is written, so just sit down and keep writing!
Over the past couple of weeks, the short story I originally outlined has grown. The fact that I am not looking back at anything I have written has freed me in ways I could not imagine. Usually I get stuck and lose interest in what I am planning to write long before I get to this many words. As of last night, I have written 17,633 words, and I now know that I have at least 4-5 times that many more that I will need to write to complete this tale.
I shudder to think about what kind of a mess I will see once I actually go back and look, but I am now convinced that if I ever want to actually “finish” something, then I need to let it breath and grow organically until it is “done”; and by done, I mean that the story has been fully told. I am told by some experts over at Holly Lisle’s site that going back to try and revise during the First Draft phase is normally a death knell, especially for people like me that tend to get caught up in the “revision jungle”. I am going to heed their advise, since they are published authors, and I am not!
This probably means that I won’t be playing any video games for quite a while. With limited free time, I have to choose my activity carefully, and right now, writing is getting the nod. I miss you all, however, so please keep in touch with me as I stride forward in this new direction!