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 : http://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.