As usual it's that time of the month where I have to turn in an assignment to the writing course I've been taking for the last 18 months. I took a 6 month leave of absence last winter and now I need to finish this. I only have two more assignments to do. So why do I put it off? I procrastinate until they email me saying they haven't received my latest assignment. Arggg
So, the other day I forced myself to sit down and write out a short story to send. That's what I have to do. Write short stories. It's so totally not what I want to do. I think in terms of novels, so writing something that can be no longer than 3000 words is torture.
I sat at the computer and let the words flow. I'm always amazed at how easy it is once I get started, and how fun it is. In fact, I loved the story so much that I'm now turning it into a novel. I've got 17 pages so far and that's just two days worth of writing.
The thing that gets me is that I almost let this opportunity pass. I almost didn't have this story. I almost missed out on a potential money maker! =)
The point here is this... Don't waste those chances to write something new. If you get a great idea. Write it out. Write the first paragraph. Write that first chapter. Even if you put it on the back burner until you can get to it, which may be years down the road, do it. Who knows? It might just make you famous!