Everyday, I Write The Book

Recently, my wife told me I needed to write more. Last weekend, with my wife working and only the teenaged daughter in the house, I commandeered the kitchen table and wrote seven different writing assignments. I finished a four thousand word short story for The Writer’s Digest Contest. My entry in the thriller category (4 thousand word maximum) is Italian Radio : https://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/italian-radio/ . First prize is a thousand dollars and a lot of exposure. I’ll know something by December 1.

This weekend, I’m diving head first into the Nanowrimo,  http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/dashboard write a novel in a month contest. My 7 and 8 year old daughters had homework reports on cheetahs and planets, respectively; we used the kitchen table and got a lot accomplished.

The girls are excited. They’re using dictionaries, posterboards, and the internets. I have about 8 thousand words written for my 50,000 word Nanowrimo novel.

My group is a little weird. We do everything together, like The Brady Bunch or an obnoxious beer league softball team. I decided that as long as they were excited and interested in learning, then having them around wasn’t bothering me. I’ll let you know how the girls stuff about cheetahs and planets turns out.

I’m reading a lot of my friends and fellow novel writers complaining about a lack of time and space. They are taking breaks from their blog and twitter. I’m typing out another blog post and scribbling a few hundred words of the robot story. We’ll take a break soon and throw the football around. Maybe family is the key to “making it” as a writer, not an obstacle. I know something for sure. This is a heck of a lot of fun. To answer your question, writer friends, yeah, I’m writing, because Every Day I Write The Book.

Today’s song is from one of the best songwriter’s of all time, Elvis Costello. It was his first big U.S. hit. Here’s Every Day I Write The Book.

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24 responses to “Everyday, I Write The Book

  1. I really don’t know how you do it. Maybe it’s because I have to be at my computer all day for work and write, although in a much different way from what I enjoy, but I don’t have enough in my to write as much as you do. When I get home from work/gym/errands, my mind is often just a burned out blank.

    I suppose that’s what make us all unique, but I have to say that you are one of the most dedicated writers on the whole wide interwebs. It’s no wonder your girls take after you in the best way possible!

  2. I complain all the damn time that I have no time to do anything I want. And yet, I’ve been sitting on the couch all morning when I could have been productive. I have time, I just don’t use it wisely. My real problem is the right motivation. I seem to have misplaced mine. It’s one of the things I’m working on for the holiday season. My gift to myself this year will be finding my motivation to do things for me. Writing, drawing, painting, and maybe finally catch up on some movies I’ve been wanting to see. Thanks for showing us it can be done!

  3. what are you talking about? THE best songwriter of all time.

    i love you and your family. after a harrowing week my kids let me sleep until TEN and now they’re playing a game so that i can catch up on my writing. we can do it all, by george! we can do it! si se puede!

  4. Ha! I knew there was something I liked about you! Love Elvis Costello, and seen him several times in concert. This is my theme song to get me going each morning.

    Good luck with NanoWrimo!


  5. I think you’re right about family being the key to making it rather than being an obstacle. I’m writing a lot more than I was a couple of weeks ago and the more I write the more I want to write. My family and friends have been amazing since I started NaNoWriMo.

    Also, I have been singing that song around the house ALL WEEK :-).

  6. I am very jealous of your discipline and TIME! PS – I think your wife is the best wife in the world – because in spite of myself I would probably say to my husband “Oh – how nice you have time to write a book!! Maybe you have time to clean the bathroom or go grocery shopping!!”
    I really wouldn’t be able to help myself……

  7. You know, my Dad used to get so annoyed with family interfering with his writing. (He’s a songwriter). And we all mocked him for locking himself up in his frozen tower (our upstairs had no heat, and he’d still flee there.) He got almost nothing done. I get the least done when I can divert myself with those bloody internets and the most done when we’re driving places and the kids are battling it out in the back seat.

  8. Love the picture.
    I’ve been reading you, and enjoying and cheering you on your contest. AND I think I just, for the first time ever, was able to post a comment from this iPad!

  9. So how did the cheetahs and planets turn out? I think it’s fantastic that you can work/play together as a family that way. I’d like to think that someday I’ll have teenagers that I’ll be able to do that with. Well, having a teenager at this point is non-negotiable… it’s whether he’ll be amenable to this kind of activity that I have to work on cultivating).

  10. I think that it is great that you are writing consistently. Time is always about priorities and writing is one for you as it is for me. Hope you are enjoying Nanowrimo. I definitely am, but am sort of struggling with the best way to put it all together.

  11. You. Just. WRITE.
    I also think it is awesome to see you and the girls at the table together. I’ve been told that my 6yo reads so well and my 4yo writes so well because they see me in action. Always just doing it: picking books up, telling tales, typing away, making up stories, practicing.
    I love that you’re all in this together!

    GoooooooooooOOOOO LANCE!

    And good luck with the contest. Woot woot! (<– yes, I just woot wooted you. shut up. I'm a girl.)

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