It's late on Monday night and I'm climbing in to bed, but wanted to post this so it would be up when you got up and were ready to write.
First off, thanks to everyone who reported their count last night. I'm proud of all of you! I notice that some of you seem a little glum -- "I only got X amount done" -- but let me point out that it's X more than you had done yesterday. Don't discount any amount of progress, because all progress is good. Every word you write brings you closer to that eventual goal of "doneness." So be proud of your seven-and-a-half words!
For your writing inspiration today, think of how good it's going to feel when this book is done and you're holding the finished manuscript in your hands. Let me just say -- there's really nothing in the world like it. Don't be afraid of fear -- fear is normal. Today when I started, I felt a little apprehensive, thinking, "What if I can't write anymore? What if I can't construct the story the way I want to?" This is my seventh book, and I'm still nervous. So don't worry if you're feeling fearful, but don't let the fear win. You're bigger than it is.
Okay, get going -- I'm rooting for you all the way and look forward to your check-in tonight.