It’s a new year! A fresh start. A turn of the page.
What better time is there to start a new writing project, whether that’s a new novel manuscript, book proposal, article query, blog post, or poem? So, what are you waiting for? After all, consider the joys of starting something new:
The world is your oyster. Possibilities abound.
Whatever and wherever you begin, the first steps of a fresh, new writing project are some of the most fun you’ll have as a writer. So, get crackin’!
Excitement produces energy.
The excitement of a new story line or nonfiction pursuit produces energy; it fuels creativity. Jump on that speedboat, baby!
Dreaming is often more fun and less work than actual writing.
At the beginning of a new writing project, it’s a dream, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Sure, it may be elusive. But following that dream is often a lot more fun than actual writing, let alone rewriting and editing. It’s magically delicious!
There’s little to critique. Yet.
Sure, there will come a time when you print or email some pages to your critique circle, and they perform some nip and tuck—or hack and destroy. But that time is not now. You’re free and footloose.
You’re not behind schedule. Yet.
In the first hours or days of a new project, you haven’t had the time to fall behind schedule. There may not even be a schedule yet. So, enjoy!
“The Muddled Middle” is still in the distant future.
Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, that middle part of the manuscript is where things tend to bog down and go south, right? But that’s still a ways off. And, hey, maybe it won’t even happen this time. Keep on believing.
See what I mean? Starting something new is like falling in love. You’re walking on air! You’re over the moon! You’re on cloud nine! And you don’t even care about all the clichés. So, what fresh, new, promising project are you starting?