Do you want to know how many new words I wrote in January? The answer is zero. Yes. You read it right.
I have a long list of excuses. Tiredness. Work pressure. Personal issues. Last year. The weather. The Walking Dead on a mid-season break. The wrong colour post-it notes. I could go on. In all seriousness, only the first four reasons were valid. I won't look back at 2013 with many fond memories, though there were good memories in with the bad. Work has only now quieted down after the Christmas rush and stock take. I have been struggling with personal issues. I have felt exhausted.
Here's the thing - I do want to write. Writing is what calms my soul. It's what I was made to do. On January 31st I thought, 'Why I am not writing? How can I move past all the non-writing stuff and make the time to write?' The answer was simple. I decided to stop spending so long dwelling on all the things stopping me from writing and just write. So, February 1st I wrote 500 words. Yesterday, I wrote another 500. Today I will write more. It is that easy.
If you're struggling to find the time, for the love of all things fictional get writing. Don't waste time on thinking about what's stopping you. Think what you could do with that time instead; the literary masterpieces and exotic worlds you could create.
So, how was your January? Did you achieve what you set out to do? If not, what prevented you? What will you do differently in February?