The goal: write 1,000 words (roughly four pages) every single day. The challenge: write these 1,000 words without going back and editing. EVER. If I succeed, I will have 284 pages in 62 days—basically, a first draft.
Today I restarted my first draft from page 1 after taking a few weeks to develop my characters, brainstorm my backstory and create an outline. I started back at page 1, because I decided to go back to a first person POV, and because I wanted to do it right this time around. I wanted to write without looking back.
To be honest, I wasn’t feeling very inspired when I started out today, and was tempted to stop and go back to it later (when I thought I might be more into it). I knew that this would be a big mistake and told myself that this was exactly what I needed to break out of.
I need to sitdown and write no matter what. I need to develop a true a writing habit. And It worked. I started writing slowly (a few minutes spent staring at the screen) and then it poured out. I was over 1,000 words and one chapter down by the time I stopped.
And I vow not to look at this chapter again until the rewrite.