Hey, look, it’s Saturday! At like 2:22 am. Sorry this is late, but I have been working hard. I had 14000 words at the start of the week to get my story up to novel length and I did it! I have finished a novel and it’s at 50,100 words. Which means I wrote over 14,000 words this week. I revised the story twice during this time, so I know I wrote more than the 14,000.
Why the push to get it done now? Because now my kids are out of school for the summer.
At the very beginning of the week, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I’ve spent pretty much two months on this story and little else which comes with many highs and lows. At my son’s Eagle Ceremony a few weeks ago, the running joke was how many times he declared he quit before he attained Eagle rank. The scout master counted 22 times, but I know it was more because the scout master didn’t hear all the times at home.
When I quit writing, I never tell anybody about it. I just shut down my lap top completely. With my old laptop, this was more dramatic because I couldn’t close it unless I turned it off, so my laptop was always open–unless I quit.
My new laptop is closed all the time when I’m not working, but still, when I got sick of my writing, I told myself I quit, shut it completely down and closed the lid. This did not even last the rest of the day. I was back at it later that night. There’s something about that act of defiance to myself that I need. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes I need to clap my hands together, show my palms up and say “I’m out” like a blackjack dealer going off shift.
Do you guys have times when you need to quit as a sort of reboot? How did writng go this week?