Okay, not a 10,000 word week – 6, 701 – but I did wrap up Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet and kick off a new story I wasn’t expecting to write.
The majority of those 6,701 words were dedicated to Glitch but yesterday, despite a rambling, directionless and altogether uninspiring start to the day, I started a new story and cranked out both the outline and the first 1,100 words. Like a lot of my ideas, this one came to me in the shower. It wasn’t really the story I was looking for – I was trying to come up with a new horror story – and I had been planning on starting the revisions on The Ghost Smuggler but the idea really grabbed me. No title for that one yet and today I’ve decided I’m not entirely happy with the ending I had planned, but still, it’s a good start.
It also showed me, yet again, how much I enjoy writing. When I sat down to start the outline I was feeling completely “out of sorts”. Nothing specific and with no real reason (although my PC was, once again, giving me grief) but still, it felt like the day was turning out to be a complete waste of time. A couple of hours later I had a new story under way and the day had been “rescued”. I need to remember how much satisfaction I get from writing and get myself in front of a keyboard more often.[Metrics Monday – 30th December 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th December 2013]