Hey guys! A whole week has gone by, and I’m still breathing. In fact, I discovered a new exercise that I can totally do, even when times are rough.
Write hundred-word stories. Come on, even at our worst, we can write a hundred words, right? Or if that’s too much, try fifty. The exact word count isn’t that important, the point is more just to give yourself an achievable goal so that you can feel like you’ve accomplished something. Write just one a day, and who knows? You might be able to write yourself out of your slump sooner than you imagined. At worst, you’ll have a ton of little sketches that you can potentially expand on later.
I’ve been doing that this week, and I think it’s going okay. The nice thing is, they don’t even have to be finished stories. They can be little slices of life that can lead your thoughts down new paths. It will still work.
So that’s really all I have to say today. If you’re struggling with your writing for whatever reason (depression, life intrusions, or just too danged busy), give yourself a tiny word count and go for it.