National November Writing Month is coming to a close. I'm hoping all you participating writers have great stories written. I've been working on a romance novella, but unless I come up with 40,000 words in the next 29 hours, I will not meet my lofty goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Epic fail? Perhaps, but I prefer to think of it as a learning experience.
Excuses--I mean Reasons I did not reach my goal:
1. Can't resist scrounging through the thesaurus in search of the perfect word.
2. My toddler broke his leg, resulting in numerous dr. appointments and hours of TLC
3. I was reading a great book called The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter
4. Can't stop myself self-editing
5. Full time job...
6. ...working nights
7. My toddler broke his other foot (wish I were making that up)
8. Hallmark Channel started their sappy Christmas romances that I can't resist
9. Baked 10 dozen Christmas cookies for annual exchange
10. I haven't fallen in love with the story I'm currently working on
I'd love to hear what you wrote this November! Your success will be my inspiration.
Psalm 51: 10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
You remember the scene in Hope Floats. Sandra Bullock's character rushes to her daughter's school to deliver a forgotten lunch. The little girl is mortified that her unkempt mother is not dressed for the day, yet is at her school, calling her name--embarrassing her in front of her school mates.
I sympathized with the poor child. How humiliating! I would never do that to my child. The fictional mother did have a good excuse though. Her husband had just ditched her on national television.
Well, you know how Monday mornings are--rush, rush, rush. The kids are finishing homework at the breakfast table that they neglected on Friday afternoon. They can't find a clean pair of jeans since the laundry was also neglected over the weekend (In my defense, we were traveling over the weekend. And the jeans were clean, the kids just couldn't find them in the dryer).
To make a long story short, this morning I threw on a jacket and drove the kids to school, still clad in purple striped pajama pants. I have to admit, it wasn't even the first time. Do other parents do this? Or is it just me?
Not only did I drive the kids to school dressed in pj's, but I also went through the Starbucks drive thru. And I returned a library book in the drop box. I feel that I pushed it too far today. Soon I'll find myself on an episode of What Not to Wear.
Please make me feel better by admitting that you too have driven your kids to school donning pj's.
"She is clothed in fine linen and purple." Proverbs 31:22
NaNoWriMo word count: 4,000
November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in the month of November, especially for those aspiring to write a novel but just never get around to it.
Slapping 50,000 words down on my computer screen with a fresh new story-good or not-sounds like fun.
I'm up for the challenge. How 'bout you? I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Valuable writing time is ticking away.