So. I started writing. I got a little over a thousand words in one day (actually two hours or so), but then I got stuck. The first pages of this story came out okay. I don't know that it will set the world on fire, but the idea behind the story (I think) will be something teens will enjoy reading. I am just not sure whether my pacing seems slow, or if I sound too "academic" in my writing. Also, I have several ideas about which direction things could go, but I don't really have an outline.
I wrote those first thousand+ words Friday night, and now it's Monday, and I haven't done anything more with it. I think I'm looking at the mountain, and forgetting that the journey of a thousand miles begins with just a step, followed by another, and then another, and so-forth. I'm even writing about the writing which in itself makes me feel better because I'm writing, but of course it is avoidance writing.
I can put words together, and I can write in an "academic voice" but can I actually write a fictional story that someone will want to read? As I sit here watching the Rays game on television, I think about the fact that I have less than three weeks before I have to go back to work, and then I will have even less time in which to write. We're also in the midst of renovations to the house and "cosmetic repairs" from sinkhole activity. That's going even slower than my writing is. The hubby and I keep discussing our ideas, but I get motivated for a while, and then I complete something, and then we seem to hit a road block that seems to stop work for a few days. We do have a deadline, so we have to get done by then. I just hope I can do both at the same time and work on top of it all. I wonder how many students I'll have this year, because the more students, the more essays to score. We'll see how it goes.