30,000 Word Challenge – Day 7

Man, I’m like the Red Sox when they play the Yankees this year: I’m just sweeping out the victories!


I got home from work a little bit later this evening.  Rather than jump immediately into writing, I had a little pizza and watched an episode of Twin Peaks.  Then I read a little on the kindle boards and checked my email.  Finally, about 7 o’clock or so, I got started.

The total for tonight was 3,224 words, split between the scifi thriller and The Penitent.  That brings my total for the challenge to 21,228 words in 7 days.  So I’m now ahead of pace to get my 30,000 by the end of the day on Friday.  Pretty cool.

Going into this quarter, I had doubts about my ability to succeed in NaNoWriMo, come November.  The most I’ve done in a month to this point is a bit over 22,000 words.  But this challenge, and the fact that I’ve been able to keep up with it relatively easily, has proved to me that I can totally win NaNoWriMo.  If I’m on my own.  But when the wife and kids are here, I have other things to focus on.  Good things, mind you.  Awesome things.  Wouldn’t do without them.  The trick now is to take what I’ve taught myself about stick-to-it-iveness in writing when they’re not around and figure out how to apply it when they are.  Of course, the answer to that is obvious: set a goal and devote time to it each day, whether after the kids are asleep when my wife goes into her sewing room to work on her projects for her business or after she’s asleep, too.

The trick is to actually do it, though.  That’s harder, especially when it’s late at the end of a long day.

I’m sure I’ll figure it out, though.

In the meantime, this current project continues to go well, and that’s encouraging.  Now it’s time to watch Boondock Saints.  Later!