Yesterday, I was so mad at myself because I thought I didn’t write at all this week. I felt guilty for claiming the title of writer when I put no words on the page for six days.
But I realized that was a lie in more ways than one.
First, I’ve had a crippling stomach virus all week, coupled with blackout migraines. Nothing seems to work and everything hurts. Second, this was the end of Writer’s Games. Since it was Portion 1, it means we’re already interviewing for Portion 2 interns as well as closing everything down, transferring winning stories for editing, and opening the Portion review segment.
I actually did write this week. Somewhere in the dehydrated delirium of a tums & pepto smoothie, I stopped tossing cookies long enough to toss a few hundred words at Detective Noelle… I just forgot because this week has been several annoying years long. So far, I know she’s keeping the circumstances of her speedy reassignment secret for her own protection and is shocked there are only two other women in the entire station. Granted, it’s a very small community with 15 total staff but it’s a huge change from the New York City 108th St precinct she’s used to.
Lastly, and probably my favorite part of all, I had new ideas this week. Three new ideas came to play in my head and I’ve already started heavily planning one of them. Even though I didn’t write thousands of words this week, I remembered there’s more to writing than words on the page.
An idea is enough to spark interest and we need to explore those opportunities while we’re still in the initial excitement phase so we’re invested enough to carry it through.
If you’re wondering what to do with all those ideas rolling around in your head… you should let them out.
Fiction projects: 1
New project ideas: 3
Fiction words this week: 450
About the Author: Theresa Green is the co-founder of The Writer's Workout and a crime fiction writer.