aka I Knowingly Signed Up For This Insanity.
So the deal is very much like the title says. You and a bunch of other people commit to writing a novel in a month.
So I was all determined...
If I don't accept this challenge now, when will I ever start?
This is as good a time as any.
I just need to do the damn thing already.
I even started early because one of my best friends is coming to see me November 2-6, which means she's here already, yay! But I wanted to get a head start so I wouldn't feel behind.
So start early, I did. I've got another friend doing this thing along with me and we decided to keep each other in check. Update one another with word counts twice a week or so. Email it out when we reach a point of struggle with our plot.
I emailed Elizabeth last week: 2,040 added to the word count. Holla!
I was on top of it, yo.
I sat down with my words yesterday morning ready to crank out another thousand or so. I was feeling good about my characters and where they were taking me.
I checked my word count again, ready to email Elizabeth with my most recent status.
5,882. Hells yes! Such a great start to this Write-A-Novel-In-A-Month insanity.
And then... And then...
I hate to even tell you this next part...
I had been reading the Number of Characters which, as you know, is quite different from the Total Word Count.
I emailed Elizabeth through laughter, and I'll admit, tears, to say Guess what! I am a fool who can't read numbers correctly and I think I'm gonna be a famous, published author?!?! I thought I had written 5 times as much as I actually had.
I am disappointed with my numbers, yes.
But I am not disappointed with this story. And at the end of the day, I guess that's what matters the most, anyhow.
November 3 Word Count: 2,083.
2,083 words that once did not exist and now they do.
Better than nothing.
Oh and I got an email from another friend yesterday. I've officially dragged another soul into The Insanity with me.
If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. WILLIAM ZINSSER