Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekend Warrior: Celebrating a Milestone

My day job keeps me pretty busy during the week, so I get very little time to write Monday-Friday. I know I should stay up burning the midnight oil, but somehow at 31 I've become quite the oldie and once it hits 11:00 I can hardly keep my eyes open.

That's why I'm a Weekend Warrior. With my writing at least.

Trying to cram a week's worth of word count goals into my weekend is a daunting task. I feel overwhelmed and keenly aware that everything (meaning my goals) rides on getting those words to flow on those two days.

After a week of the day job, errands, grocery shopping, taking care of my fur-kids, checking on my first ever vegetable garden, etc, etc sometimes all I want to do is relax with a cocktail and read a great book.

As much as I might want it to be, sometimes writing is not part of my dream equation. But even this newbie writer knows that I need to write even if I don't feel like it, even if the inspiration isn't initially there.

And that's how I managed to hit a milestone this weekend. I officially passed 20,000 words on my WIP. As my word count kept creeping up there, I felt my excitement build and yes, I even pumped myself up by talking myself through it. "You can do this. You can do this." Let's just say a fist pump or two might have been seen by the hubby - who would crack up in laughter each time. "I don't think you are allowed to fist pump for yourself," he said.

Well this writer has no problem being her own cheerleader if that's what it takes to write this book! Bring on the mad lady talking to herself and making crazy hand movements. 20,000 might not seem like a lot to more seasoned writers, but this is the most I've ever written and I'm damn proud of myself.


  1. It is an accomplishment. Congrats on reaching that milestone. Each word takes you closer to the end and I know you can do it. Keep it up!

  2. Congratulations! 20,000 is a LOT of words so don't discount your achievement. :) It's REALLY a lot when you think of how much other stuff you do in addition to writing.

    Also, I love the look of your blog. It's very writerly, and inviting -- I think it's gonna be a fun place to visit. :)

  3. You SO get to fist pump yourself! Congrats! You're 1/5th of the way there! (Or 1/4th of the way there, depends how you calculate it.)

  4. Congratulations on your 20K! It is an achievement that deserves celebration and self-congratulations. So fist pump away. Doing so will give you energy for the next 20K.

  5. Love the look of the place. Very cozy and inviting. Huge congrats on the 20K. I know exactly how you feel. Until March of this year, I'd never written more than 20K and now I have one finished MS. Well, a finished first draft. LOL!

    You can do it and you can fist pump all you want. In fact, I think DH should have to fist pump with you. :)

  6. Never had a doubt you'd get the engine going and do it. Because you are a do-er! Congrats and yer husband is wrong, you allowed to fist pump for yourself. Men do it all the time...


  7. Well this Reader has no problem with a writer who has no problem being her own cheerleader if that's what it takes to write this book either!
    Congratulations on your 20K milestone.


  8. 20k just by writing weekends? You should be very proud of yourself. I know writers who don't have jobs outside the home and they can't produce that much. Good job!

    9 comments and counting - you thought no one would visit. LOL


  9. Wow! I never expected to get so many comments. I love you pirates!


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