The copywriters for nike certainly knew what they were doing back in the day when ‘just do it’ was their slogan. I must confess to have stolen it for my own private use in my motivational speeches to my self 🙂
I have felt stalled in the writing of my MS (manuscript) for some time now but have been wanting to pick up the threads of my fantasy story and continue writing. I feel quite awful for my characters who have been in a state of limbo for some months now!
A writerly quote I came across recently was “The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written.” I love that.
As my main role in life work-wise is editing, I find it very hard to just write and not edit as I go along. Now, a certain amount of that is okay, I guess, but when you combine that with my slightly perfectionist side, what it actually amounts to is not much writing getting done. Lots of ‘select and delete’ but not much to show for a couple hours in front of the screen.
So, a couple of nights ago, I organised myself with red wine, laptop, music of choice (Guns n Roses) and sat down to write. If it wasn’t for the constant reminder that it didn’t need to be perfect, just written, I never would have managed to write over a thousand words on my MS. And, boy, did it feel good.
Hopefully, if I join my two mantras together, I will get much more writing done over the coming months 🙂