The word meter inched along a bit further today. I didn't get any writing done this morning, but worked for about an hour and half this evening in a coffee shop with a friend. I'm so thrilled that I'm past the three thousand word mark. For some reason, now that I'm this far in, it is finally feeling like a real manuscript.
Maybe this is related to the fact that my paper from last year is now out in print. I got the journal in the mail this weekend. I remember when that paper was a baby, 3,000-word manuscript, and I struggled with it just as I'm struggling with the monumental manuscript now. Somehow seeing it in print made me feel like its possible to turn the monumental manuscript into a polished and published piece also.