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Every day when I sit down to write, I have 1000 reasons why I don't feel like it.
Those 1000 reasons? The first 1000 words of the day. I've learned over the past little while that if I can just get through that first 1000 words, about the first hour of writing time, I can churn out 2, 3, 4, even 5K words in one day.
What's funny is, I'm not really new to this whole writing thing. I've been writing novels since 2005 when I first began to seek publication. In that time, I've written 13 novels, one novella, and I have one current work-in-progress. That's a lot of words, a lot of days of sitting down to start writing on my WIP.
In the past, I've set a daily goal of 1000 words, and I've struggled, wrestled, and gritted my teeth to meet it. When I got to 1K words, I breathed a sigh of relief, then turned my mind to other things. But I've realized that not until I get the first 1K words out do I hit my groove, find my zone, start really writing from my heart in the story. The words begin to flow easier, and the word count starts piling up.
With each story, I learn more about the craft of writing, about story structure, and about myself and my writing process.
Now, instead of setting a word count goal of 1000 words, I'm setting higher goals, because once I force myself past that first thousand, the writing is so fun. I'm totally immersed in the story, and I get so much more accomplished.
What do you think your 'feel good about writing' threshold is?