So good.

OH YEAH.

 

BROKE MY DAILY WORD COUNT RECORD, AW YISSS.

Word count for the day: 2283

Two thousand, two hundred and eighty three. I thought I did the math wrong and did it like four more times over in like three different ways. AND IT WAS RIGHT.

I feel so good right now about that.

 

 

PS – there is 1.5 glasses of red wine making an appearance in this post. Broke my record, feelin’ good. Also, you are all awesome as well. Shout outs of the moment go to MBA2MFA and Katie May who offered me awesome advice and encouragement this week, thanks guys. This is starting to sound like an awards speech. I’m blaming it on the wine.

 

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Yup. That’s right.

I BROKE MY DAILY WORD COUNT RECORD, GUYS.

Godzilla’s so happy for me!

Word count for today: 1134.

Yes, it may still not be much, but it’s more than I’ve accomplished thus far! VICTORY.

It was rough going for a while. I didn’t think I’d accomplish anything, really. I had posted here at 12:30 saying something along the lines of ‘time to get started!’ and then at 3:30 still hadn’t written anything. I had, however: A) surfed reddit, B) played Candy Crush on my phone, and C) started trying to learn how to read tarot cards. Because, you know, all that is a really productive use of my time when I’ve QUIT MY JOB TO TRY TO WRITE.

(please bear with me and all the caps locks here, by the way. I went out for drinks with the man I’m married to tonight and now I’m sitting here with a gin+perrier+grapefruit because still, no wine, and I started this blog for myself and no one else, so hah! deal with it.)

What was I saying again? That’s right. 1134 words. Every day it is getting a little easier to write a little bit more. This weekend will probably still prove a challenge to me, as it’s hard for me to stay focused when my husband is at home because I just want to hang out with him, but I done okay today.

I wasted the majority of my day on useless stuff and still managed to get some writing done. I hope I’m eventually able to be writing for most of the day and wasting only a little of it.

Also, this first draft is ROUGH, so far. I’m only 6,035 words in, but yeah, it’s rough. I’m trying not to let that hold me back, though. I need to keep moving.

Good job, me. Now keep it up!

I finished my short story! Yay! *throws glitter in the air and dances around as it rains down* It’s going to take a lot of revision, especially since I changed one of the characters’ gender halfway through, but I did it! I finished it!

This is the first fictional thing I have actually finished since maybe sixth grade. Since I was like, what, twelve? The first fictional thing I have written and finished in around fifteen years. It feels fantastic!

It’s sort of a simmering fantastic, where after I wrote the last line I sat there and thought, “Yeah, I think I’m gonna end it here.” And then I sat back and realized, “Well, that means I finished it then. I’m finished. I finished a short story. You did it!” And it felt pretty good, but then I walked over to the couch and started reading a book.

And now, an hour later, I feel even better now that I’m writing about it. Good for you, me! You actually finished it. The first draft, anyways. It won’t be finished finished until after I work on revising it a while.

So, here’s my pat on the back (I mentally just patted myself on the back for anyone else reading…har har. Anyone else reading. Yeah.), now keep going! Keep moving! Keep working!

Also, I told my husband out Yallfest happening in South Carolina in November. He nodded and said it seemed cool, but we’d have to figure it out. I also kind of presented it in a very roundabout way where I was like “well maybe it could be my birthday gift? It could maybe be really cool….la la la maybe…” so I know he probably thinks I’m just being lacksadaiscal. And sometimes I think he knows me better than I know myself, so he could be right. But I think I’m serious. Also, I didn’t tell him yet that I actually already bought tickets to the event (they were only $13!). I just need to get airfare now (it’s only $350! Pocket change! Sad face).

Okay. So I made some good writerly progress so far today. Now to print out my first draft and start revising.

Also – thanks so much to all of you who were kind enough to comment and/or follow! Even though I shouldn’t need you guys to encourage me in order to keep working, it really was a motivation. Wishing you all some positive success in your writing today (and this weekend)!