As y’all know, I’m just over half-way to my 50K minimum word count on my current WIP, FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE. We’re also 12 days into NaNoWriMo. I’d set myself a goal of 3K words a day. I actually hit that on Tuesday. The rest of the time, I’ve been logging in over 2K a day. What does this have to do with “Page 1” though? Think about. Before a book gets written, an author has to sit down and write the first page. It starts with the opening line, continues with a paragraph. Then another and another until about 450 words–more or less depending on dialogue and length of paragraphs–are written. That’s about a page. The thing is, we have to start that journey by writing that first line and getting to the end of page 1. The Universe dropped this into my inbox at just the right time.
When just starting out on a new journey, Silver, it’s only natural to feel vulnerable, like you have so much to lose.
But may I remind you that never again, at any other point in the same journey, will you have so much to gain?
I’ll take that as a “Yes.”
And, Silver, that barely hints at how profoundly “the game of life” is rigged in your favor. Go for it and keep going for it! (I’m “wanted” in Vegas.)
Whether you’re writing a book or starting a new project, even if it’s as mundane as doing laundry, raking leaves, or reading a book (and I’m always hopeful that book you pick up is one of mine!), you have to start that “journey” somewhere. And isn’t it nice to know that the Universe has rigged the game in our favor? But that means we have to take the first step. Write the first word. No matter how vulnerable we feel. No matter how much we think that first page sucks. We have so much to gain by taking the chance.
I wrote my first page and approximately 28K more words to add to the total. I took that chance and it’s going to pay off with a shiny new book here in a few weeks. What will you gain when you take that first step of your journey today?
Yay for you forging ahead after those first steps every time! You’re awesome.
Some days. Not often but I’m going to get this book done and out. And start on Page 1 of the next one. FYI, I’ve made myself cry twice now. And I’ve laughed more than once. S’all good, baby. 😀
Happy to see you taking the first step time after time. I enjoy your work so much and look forward to reading more from you in the years to come. By taking the first step, I hope to gain the confidence to continue making more first steps.
After that first step comes one foot in front of the other, or one page and the other, depending on your journey. Thank you for the kind words. It’s been a long two years of drought where my Muse was concerned. I’m happy to be working again, page after page. 🙂