Well, Saturday was my big day to sit at home, lock myself in a room, and write all day. The goal was to finish two chapters of my novel and write as much as possible, hopefully bringing me closer to finishing my novel. I snuggled up in bed with two blankets, two kitties, my computer, some chocolate, and some homemade hard cider — and got to work. I wrote for a solid two hours, took a lunch break, came back and wrote for three hours, took another break, and then wrote some more. It was glorious.
I didn’t quite finish both chapters, but I did finish one of them and then the second one on Sunday! All told on Saturday my word count was 2300 for the day! It was awesome and exhausting. I know it might sound sad, but I have never written that much in one day before. I feel accomplished and proud of myself — while I didn’t get to 12k like my friend Jessica McHugh, it felt good enough that I want to keep doing it. So Sunday I wrote another 800 words, and today I’m already well on my way to a similar number. Next time I do a day like this (and I will definitely be doing more of these), I will try to take less breaks and have a greater output. The good news is, though, that doing this put me in the right mindset to continue this novel — I thought hard about where I’m taking the plot, what I want to accomplish, and what’s left for me to achieve my goal.
The novel itself is now more than 70k words long. For fantasy, that’s not exactly a great amount of words, but my story is winding down. I think it will probably top out around 80 or 85k. Whew. It’s so close!
At the end of the day, I would say that this was a great success. Can’t wait to do it again. I think I will as soon as Husband goes back to work (he took the week off so we could have a “stay-cation,” which is as awesome as it sounds).
This helped me! What about you? What are some techniques that you use to keep yourself writing? How do you cope with distractions? Let me know in the comments!