Yes, I’m a little crazy for taking up the challenge of writing 50,000 words for a new novel this month. Yes, I know I’ve tried a few times before and always fallen woefully (WAY!) short of that lofty goal. Yes, yes, I know the definition of insanity! Moving on…
But (BUT!), I also know that I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been in the past. And (AND!) I’ve got some great (relentless) friends who have vowed to motivate (force) me to actually finish this year. But most important of all: I talked to hubby about it and feel like he is (mostly) supportive and willing (just a bit) to help out with the house and kids so that I can have (a little) more time to write.
And guess what, folks. Yup, it’s midnight and I made met the word count goal for the first day. Just look at that beautiful NaNo widget on the right and you can see for yourself. Woo-Hoo!! Isn’t that a beautiful little green square for the 1st of November? Yeah, I thought so, too. And that’s my user name at the top, so feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you’re registered at NaNoWriMo.org and help keep me motivated with a gentle nudge (or shove) toward writing if my word count falls too far behind.
I’d love to hear how each of you are handling this crazy challenge after the first day. Be sure to drop me a comment and let me know! The next time I feel the need for procrastination, I will post a summary of the book I will (WILL!) be finishing this month.
In the meantime…
Just keep writing. Just keep writing. Just keep writing, writing, writing.
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What I’m usually doing when I’m supposed to be doing something else…
If I’m on my computer, I’m probably playing with photoshop. Recently, I found some really old (1880s!!) cabinet photos in an old photo album, in an old chest full of stuff that had belonged to my grandmother-in-law. A lot of them were faded and cracked, but there was one of a family that wasn’t too bad, just a bunch of small white spots where the image had flaked away from the paper. So, I scanned it and touched it up, playing with it just for fun. You can see a before-and-after in the image below.
And if you look across the bottom of my screen in the image, you can see that there are also a couple games at the end of my dock. I try not to spend too much time on those, but it seems like a few minutes of playing turns into a few hours before I know it.
If I’m not on my computer, I’m probably reading (most likely on my kindle). This is my biggest distraction; I’ve lost entire days! When I’m reading a book or series, I hate to stop. So I pretty much read every single moment until I finish. I can even get a little obsessive; just ask my family. I tend to snap when interrupted. Oops.
Posted in response to the Wordsmith Studio Weekly Creative Prompt: Procrastination. Thanks, Kasie!
Made in response to Carol Early Cooney’s Wordsmith Studio Prompt: Fairy Wings.
I loved playing softball as a child. I wasn’t very good at it, but I always had fun. Doesn’t this look like a girl having fun?
But when I got a little older, I got a little better. I even made the all-star team.
I guess practice and repetition really does help.
Which is why I really should be writing and reading every day. I guess I’d better get back to it…
Wordsmith Studio Prompt: Sport
Since the weekly writing prompt over on The Daily Post is to teach something, and I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, I’m writing some posts about the Exposure Triangle in photography. My examples and descriptions are specifically for digital photography, although the principals apply to film photography, as well. Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring
Tough day. New heels. Expensive ones.
A six-word story written for Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction.
Weekly Photo Prompt: Monument