I used to belong to a writing group that gave out awards at the end of the year. One of my favorites was the Purple Rose, which was awarded for every day in the year during which you wrote at least 20 pages/5000 words.
Guess what? Since I last checked in, I have earned THREE purple roses!
I wish I could say these came about thanks to serious discipline, but the truth is, they happened because I ran away for a long weekend. Yes, it was a writing retreat. And it was wonderful.
Of course, I have been writing while at home. Not nearly as much – my typical day is 1000 words – but it all adds up. When I checked in two weeks ago, I had a bit over 2500 words. As of this writing, I’m up to 23,649.
Yeah. Heck of a jump 🙂
Of course, it’s not just the words. Getting farther into the book means I know the characters more and am getting deeper into the heart of the story. Some people love starting a new story. I am not one of those folks. New = overwhelming for me, so I am more than happy to be moving into the second act of the book.