Pushing on when things are difficult

It’s been a hefty six weeks, verging on two months. The holidays are wonderful but their own kind of chaos. And post-holidays, at least this year, came a deluge of other things; lots of work, deadlines, family events. It is entirely too easy to say “I’m too busy to write” and let things slide.

So what to do?

I don’t know what the answer is for everyone, but one of the answers I’ve found is this: drabbling. Write a story 100 words in length, no more, no less. It can be a snippet of a scene, a dialogue-only moment in time, a description that captures a place or emotion, or anything, really. It just has to be 100 words. And really, anyone can write 100 words, even on the busiest of days.

Not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing you wrote, but sometimes those 100-word drabbles turn out to be gems that you can use elsewhere, help clarify a story or a character, or just shine on their own, jewels against the black velvet of your screen.