Monday, November 1, 2010

November the First, Pass Me the Sudafed

Tip of the Day: This weekend is the fabulous Rochester Children's Book Festival! Check out the list of visiting authors and drool with envy. Come if you can; it's free!

Deena noted last week that our local crit group is into November goal setting. NaNoWriMo is awesome if your goal is a fast draft, but my goal this year is discipline. My life has been more hectic than ever this year, so here's my November goal:

I will write something every day, even if it's just a paragraph, on a work in progress.

I was actually doing very well in October, but wouldn't you know it, I woke up Saturday morning with a killer cold. I spent yesterday on the couch watching the Buffalo Bills play the longest football game ever. (My son wore his Bills jersey, and we told him he'd be better off dressing as something more believable than a Bills fan, like a Martian or a crazed robot.)

And did I tell you about my Tuesdays? Work all day, drive out of city to pick up boy so young and adorable he still roots for the Bills, cook dinner super fast to get both kids to piano lessons, run them home so daughter can get her karate gear, get son set up for homework, drive daughter to gym, work out, find daughter gossiping in lobby with karate friends, drive home, and oh look, it's 9 p.m. and I need a shower desperately.

Ahem. I will write something every day, even if it is just a paragraph.

I don't have a kitchen. Did I tell you I don't have a kitchen? My husband tore it out. There were sledgehammers involved. He told me this morning that he threw his back out and has to go to the doctor's, so I'm guessing that's a work stoppage situation.

Every day! Just one measly paragraph!

I found in October that sitting down to write one paragraph usually turned into writing two or three pages. I'm thinking that won't be my experience this week, but that's okay. It's developing the habit that counts. Care to join me?

-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages


Anonymous said...

I have the smae purpose this November! So we are together in this!
And you are true the purpose of one paragraph once you sit down to write lads to many more!

Anonymous said...

Oh sorry for the previous comment I didn´t preview it! I wanted to say same and the other word is leads. Sorry!!

Andrea Mack said...

Wow, Kate, your life sounds crazy! But I admire your determination to get that one paragraph a day done. Sounds like a true writer.