Sunday, Nov. 1 – Day One: When actually faced with the blank page, excitement for new project ebbs, and nervousness mounts into BLIND PANIC. Spend most of the day naming my characters; then I set a timer for two 15-minute sprint, one after another, and call it a day at only 536 words.
Monday, Nov. 2 – Day Two: I abandon my laptop and take up a Nano notebook instead, which works much better. Type up new content while watching Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown and The Theory of Everything: 2,638 words.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Day 3: In between 15-minute sprints, I start a scratch page entitled “Stuff that needs to happen in Chapter 2.” I do not finish Chapter 1, however, and begin to despair about its length. Approximate word count: 2,560 (too lazy to type, but made an estimate based on average number of words on the eight typed pages from the day before).
Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Day 4: FINALLY finish Chapter 1. Beginning-of-the-book panic maintains regular levels, but it begins to feel familiar. Revelation: EVEN FOR-FUN PROJECTS CREATE STRESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ANNOUNCE THEM PUBLICLY. Every writer goes through it, but you have to go THROUGH it–even if it means forcing yourself to work when all you want to do is wallow. Approx. word count: 2,240.
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Day 5: The job interview I have in the morning goes so poorly that it casts a long, mournful shadow over the rest of the afternoon. In between sorting through my emotions, I do more sprints, make beef bourgineoun (French beef stew), and call my mom. Approx. word count: 1,760.
Friday, Nov. 6 – Day 6: I wake early to write before my temp assignment. Afterwards, I hole up in a cafe to finish word count, because I knew that if I drove home, suffered through traffic for half an hour, and tried to return to my writing desk, I would just poop out and watch a movie instead. Approx. word count: 1,740.
Saturday, Nov. 7 – Day 7: I write two measly paragraphs, waiting for my friend to meet me in a cafe, before we head off to Wordstock together. With a sinking feeling and then growing acceptance, I realize I won’t get much writing done today, and I decide to enjoy this fantastic event instead, in hopes that its great energy inspires an EPIC writing day tomorrow. Word count (as of this post): 146.
Approximate word count TOTAL: 11,620, which is within 5o words of my goal total for the week. Maybe I’ll try to pound that last bit out tonight!