A Personal Best

Last night I totally flaked out. I was planning on making a start on the next story in this vampire series I’m working on but after being at work till 1pm and then sorting the henhouse out I found I could barely focus or keep my eyes open. So after about half an hour of trying to get some motivation I gave in and chilled out.

This morning, after doing a couple little bits and pieces, I sat down and got myself set up. I wrote a quick post on my local NaNo groups Facebook page saying I’m about if anyone wants to sprint (that’s where we focus on just writing, editing or anything else related to writing) I’m about. One person, Elizabeth, was so we got started. I’d set myself a target to get to for this short story (7000 words) and I was aiming for about 2500 hundred words today.
I sat down at about 10am to start and at 9pm tonight, with a lot of sprints with Elizabeth and later, Anita and Paul, I called it a night. I wrote 7553 words, a personal best, by a good 3500 words. I wouldn’t have done it without the Kent NaNo gang. Knowing someone else is cracking on with a piece of art really does help 🙂

I’ve got to say though, I am absolutely wiped out! I’m surprised how much it’s taken out of me, but I know I could have gone on for another couple of hours if I’d wanted too but with work tomorrow I thought it best.

Something that has struck me since I’ve stopped for the night is, I could have a 10,000 day. I’m not going to strive for one but under the right circumstances I could do it. I’ve heard other writers talk about hitting 5-figure days but I never thought I’d ever really do more then say five or six thousand a day. Now though, 7553, that’s the target to beat. I’m not one to get obsessed with hitting word count targets. I use them to track my progress and see what lengths I’m writing at.

Most of all hitting that many words today has shown me that there is nothing that I can’t do with writing. I’ve got an idea for a World War 2 story, but it intimidates me because it will require a hell of a lot of work and even though I’ve decided to give it a go in the next couple of years it doesn’t feel as intimidating anymore.
That’ll have to wait for me to get a few other ongoing projects wrapped up though.

All in all, a very good day 🙂

(I’m writing this post at the end of the day, and I’m well tired, so please ignore any typos 🙂 )

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