Checking in with day 3! Still standing, or rather, sitting. Getting a little stiff, though…
It’s interesting how each day in the book in a week challenge seems to offer different, well, challenges. Today, for instance, I had to do laundry. Yeah. I haven’t yet, so tomorrow will be very interesting.
Also, today I was very distracted. I got some news, as we writers sometimes do, of something maybe or maybe not happening that may or may not be wonderful, and that was it! My mind was lost in what if’s — the curse of a fiction writer who can plot out so many crazy scenarios in her mind.
So I went to the gym and worked out hard and tried to refocus on this book. It actually worked pretty well. Even though I didn’t start actually writing until around 10 a.m. (which started to make me feel rather guilty), I definitely felt more energetic when I did get down to things. I still do at 6:30 pm, meaning that tonight I should be able to keep working for a few more hours (last night I tried, but zoned out by 8, and even found myself almost zzzing at the computer a few times yesterday afternoon).
I also found that change of scenery seemed to refocus me a bit. It was a beautiful day, so I brought my laptop outside and worked there for a few hours. Looking up and seeing blue sky and green leaves offered a nice break.
As I’m working, more and more plot lines are emerging involving minor characters, but instead of going back to string them together, I sort of take note of these ideas, and include them from that point on. This isn’t time for revision.
Again, I’m trying hard not to be critical about the words I’m typing, and that’s pretty liberating. All fun, all forward moving. Right now, if you ask me if I would do this whole zany challenge again, my answer would be yes! And I’d recommend it to all my writing friends. Just writing is a joy.
One more interesting thing to note…I’ve already written many of the major central scenes of the book, yet the book isn’t that long yet. Obviously I’ve got some fleshing out to do, but I’m getting worried that I may run out of plot before the week is up. We’ll see how that shakes down.
Today’s word count: 5,801 words
Today’s page count: 24 pages
Total word count so far: 16,861 words
Total page count so far: 69 pages