Welcome to the week three peptalk in the Georgia Writers peptalk series! You survived week 2, so you already get a bonus point in my book.
“If this escapade has taught me anything, it’s that you never know what’s in the future.” – Mary Schmich
The worst is behind you. The future looks bright. Now, you’re still probably making your way through some crap and your plot may have just decided to stop all together. But there is a light at the end now, even if you can’t quite make it out. It’s there. Promise.
You should start approaching the midway point of your book. If you aren’t, that’s ok. If you’re past it, that’s ok too. You can add in or subtract out plot points as need be. Maybe add in a surprise dream sequence if you need it. The key is to keep writing, write write write every day every day every day.
“Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.” – Sidney Lanier
You’ve got a scary, scary date up ahead. Thanksgiving is in about a week and a half. EEP! Tough to write in a food induced coma. Try to get ahead this week before Thanksgiving so if you do succumb to the turkey’s evil powers, you won’t be too much in trouble. And if need be, it’s ok to be rude to your family and tell them you need 30 minutes of calm and quiet to write. That’s what family is for – to be rude to and they’ll still love you.
Well, them and baristas. *reminds himself to tip the barista better next time*
And here’s a quote to leave you with from Flannery O’Conner again (which I love as a Teacher :D)
“There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
Write like the wind. Don’t worry if it’s perfect, don’t worry if you think you’re being rude for asking for some time away from the family. We get it. And your characters get it too. Just wait till next week. The downhill run to awesome begins.