How did you all do today? Did you meet your goal? No?
I came in at 1,234, bringing my total to 3,704. Not too shabby -- but I have to say, getting that 1,234 done today was hard.
Which brings me to my motivational thought as we head into Day 3. Have you ever noticed that when you sit down to write, everything in the world will crop up to distract you? Today it was my publisher calling me on the phone to tell me that an e-mail I sent him yesterday has shown up in his inbox over 500 times. He blocked my address so it would stop appearing in queue, but he wondered if there was anything I could do about that. I spent some time online with Comcast trying to get it straightened up. Honestly, let's do some cyber-stalking -- how professional is that?
Aside from that, my kids were extra frisky and it was just one of those days.
So what do we do to combat those interruptions? I tell you what we don't do -- we don't give in. We put out the fire and we keep writing. We stop the bloody nose and then we keep writing. We kill the black widow, pay the pizza guy, chase off the door-to-door salesman, and we keep writing. If we let those distractions pull us out of the groove, we'll never get done.
Now, there are some interruptions that we must deal with. I think broken bones fall into that category. But by and large, they're just small things that we can deal with practically one-handed while we keep typing with the other. Click here to read some of my other thoughts on this: Tips for the Writing Mommy
What it all comes down to is your desire. How badly do you want to get this book done? Then make it happen. Click here to read my thoughts on that: Desire
So, back to me now, because I'm so much fun to talk about -- see, this book I'm writing is the third installment in a trilogy. My published novel "Nothing to Regret" is the first, then the second is "Forgive, Not Forget," and it's being evaluated for publication right now. The third is the one I started yesterday, but book 2 and book 3 used to be one volume. I split them in half, really changed a whole lot in the first half, beefed it up (it's really not the same book at all anymore) and now I'm working on that second half that I hacked off. But I ended up spending half an hour today looking for that second half. I know there's a lot in it that really stinks, but I need some of it, too (the non-stinky parts). I'm wishing that I'd gotten myself more organized before I started this, because I could have spent that half hour writing. But -- it's been found, finally, and I'm ready to forge ahead. The point to this long ramble -- take better care of your stuff than I have of mine.
We'll see you in the morning -- keep those updates coming in.