It's been said before by more writers than I can count, and I've always begrudgingly listened, but hell, everybody wants a magic bullet, right?
I realized today that that little pithy bon mot is the magic bullet. You see, I'm still working through my short story a month plan, and it's coming along pretty well, but it's work. I have five stories in the hopper and I'm working on story number six. Yeah, that will put me one ahead, again, which is where I want to be. I need to have a little cushion as I MAY do Nano again this November, so I won't be able to do a story in November. Unless I'm very, very good. Heh.
Anyway, I'm working on a story called "Everything Changes", and this morning I was about half done...but halfway to where? I had no idea yet where I was going with this story, and I had a busy day ahead. I needed to finish it tonight because it's a "reading" night at my writer's group tomorrow, and I wanted to read something fresh...very fresh...as an incentive to get this one done. So at lunch I fired up the tablet and began to polish what has come before. By the time I'd finished, I'd even created a new, groovilicious scene (at least, in my mind). So on my walk home, my head was buzzing with the impossibility of the task before me. And then it hit me -- the next scene and the final scene. When I got back home, I quickly jotted down the rest of the story...and now, it's just a matter of writing it out tonight and making it work. I'm amazed at the stuff I can pull out of my butt when I'm sitting on the pot! Writing begets writing!
So like they say, just write.