For the past few months, I have been dealing with one crisis after another in my life. This past weekend, however, I was finally able to put everything aside and lose myself completely in my WIP. I don’t need to tell you what it feels like to be so engrossed in your novel that you’re completely unaware of what’s going on around you. To me, this total immersion is the biggest thrill of being a writer. I took my dog for a long winter’s walk on Sunday morning. The thirty-degree weather was exhilarating. I was listening to my iPod and planning an upcoming scene, a very intense scene, when I damned near got run over by a car. Granted the car came flying around the corner, more his fault than mine, but I should have been paying attention. Note to fellow write-a-thoners: be careful when you’re walking around with your head in the clouds of your works in progress.
But the thing is, during those months when there were too many distractions in my life to actually sit down and write, I was still planning and making notes and developing my outline. According to Anne Lamott standards, my first draft is no doubt a shitty one, but I’m getting it written.
Read this great Novelicious.com post on how to stay motivated by continuing to write every day.
My current word count is 17,549, which is only halfway to my goal. I hope you guys are doing better than me. Today is our last check point before we begin the final week of the Write-A-Thon. Please enter your word counts in the comments below. The writer with the most words wins a copy of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.
Listen to this great video book review of Bird by Bird . . .
You have been such dedicated writer-a-thoners I’ve decided to beef up the prize list.
First place will receive this Kindle Paperwhite.
Second place will receive a $50.00 gift card from Amazon
Third place will each receive a $25.00 gift card from Amazon
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If you haven’t already, please read Rochelle Melander’s guest post: Rock the Write-A-Thon and enter the drawing to win a copy of