…sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. Stephen King
I have used this quote before but it seemed so apt this week that I have used it again. This quote, in a nutshell, describes my second Nano week. I can only hope its “good work”. I know it’s work that will definitely need a spit and polish. (Alot of spit, I reckon).
So my tally this week was 9271 – not quite as many words as last week but I’ll take it. It’s consistent. And I wrote consistently, which is the big thing for me. There were more than a few days this week I’d sit at my desk, type out a few paragraphs and then see how many words I’d written (328? That’s it? Can’t be right. Damn.). I seemed to have developed an internal meter which won’t let me step away with less than 1000 words. Usually I’m in the 1100 range a night. Not bad.
Another thing that might be helping is that I post my daily tallies on facebook. I never planned on doing this, but it’s helped. People are watching. It gives me a bit of accountability. And, I get cheerleaders, which is also nice:) and definitely appreciated.
I’m about to tuck in with Lisa Kleypas‘ Love in the Afternoon. She’s become a great favorite of mine in the past year, and this is the concluding book in the Hathaway Series. Definitely work a look if you are historical romance fan like me. Because I also believe in Mr. King’s other bit of advice about reading – If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
So friends out there in the blogsphere–how’s your nano.writing projects going? Are you able to read and write (and carry on with your day job, watch your kids, walk your dog, blah, blah, blah)?