As I write this post, it is Day 5 of National Novel Writing Month. According to my trusty calculator, that means that everyone who is playing along should have somewhere around 8,335 words on the page.
How’s that working out for you?
I am just wrapping up a 5-day weekend. When I scheduled this time off from my day job months ago, I had visions of long productive hours of writing and a substantial word count.
You’d think I’d have learned by now.
For some odd reason, the more time I have, the less time I actually spend writing. On the plus side, I got a tremendous amount of other things done during my time off, clearing the way for great bounds of productivity in the coming days.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I am, of course, determined to end my evil low-word-count ways and get back on track (I’m a sucker for those virtual-badges you can earn on the NaNo site).
Fortunately, my email box has been filled with a steady stream of Pep Talks, like the one below, from the NaNo team.
Set the habit. One hour, one page, one passage, one day at a time.
“You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old (or eighty, if you are already seventy) filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start now, as is. ‘As is’ is the portal to creation, to new life.” ~ Anne Lamott
So, what’s motivating you to put words on the page today?