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Life in France: Day 18

Day 18, October 11th

As Melanie said yesterday, she showed me where the mall was today and we got groceries. It wasn’t even a five-minute walk and yet I ended up searching unsuccessfully for an hour yesterday. How that happened, I don’t even want to know.

I will banish the memory to the deepest depths of my mind. No more thinking about that embarrassment.

Let’s see. After shopping and having dinner, I decided to write and made a discovery. Look at these two sentences:

  • “I’m going to try to get some words down.”
  • “I’m going to get some words down.”

The first line is what I’ve always said up until now. “I’ll try,” and then nothing happens. I sit there, intending to write at some point during the day, but it never gets done.

The second line is what I decided to say today. It’s a small difference, but for the mentality, it helps. And boy, did it help with the real writing process.

I chose to work on this new series I started. After finishing the first chapter, I got to work on the second chapter, wrote a section and then took the unfinished short story that inspired this series and did some editing to it, to make it better and fit the true idea.

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All in all, in writing, rewriting and editing, I gained 2,069 words. I’ll add a progress bar in the near future, once I create an actual page for the series and all that fun stuff. Don’t worry – it will come soon!

I’m hoping this small change will help my writing habits and spur me onwards, so I get stuff done quicker. If you want to know how it’s going before then, just ask; there’s plenty of ways you can contact me, as listed on my Contact Me page.

Now, off to have some delicious fruit and relax for the rest of the evening! Night, really. It’s 11:15 pm.

Tune in tomorrow for more!