Unfortunately I didn't quite meet my 6,000 word goal this week, but I came very close. The stats...
Word Count When This Piece of Craziness Began: 8,536
Total Word Count As Of Now: 17,380
Final Word Count Goal: 33,536
Daily Word Count Goal: 1,000
Average Daily Word Count: 953
Words Remaining: 16,156
Challenge Taken This Week: I followed my own command and wrote in a person I encountered this week-- to be specific, the little boy I nanny/babysit every Monday. He's a darling, but is prone to frequent bouts of crying if he's too long away from his mother, which is a bit of a frustration each week. So it was great fun to channel that frustration into an entire chapter about a baby who will not. stop. crying.
Favorite Snippet Written This Week:Perhaps he’d lost his hold on the bunny blanket. She dropped the rest of the silverware onto the counter—it didn’t matter now, he was awake anyway—and hurried to the nursery. Give him back his blanket, roll him over on his side so he’ll go back to sleep. She could do this. It wasn’t as if he was howling. He was just… crying.The noise subsided as she got closer—perhaps he had gone back to sleep. Or perhaps he was comforted by the sound of footsteps nearing. It was nice to think that a baby might be comforted by her presence. She could handle this; she was responsible. But as she peeped over the edge of the crib and made eye contact with Isaac, he immediately set up a howl. It was most definitely a howl this time, a howl of the most howlish sort. Wolves, she reflected, might take lessons from this child.
Challenge for Next Week: Put a pirate in your story. It doesn't matter how-- have him sail into the nearest harbor for real, or let him appear in a pretend game, or even mention that someone's reading a book about him. Whoever he is, make sure to give him a name and at least a sentence or two, somewhere in your story. An eye patch is optional but recommended.
“This isn’t the right stuff,” said Celia, taking a long, deep sniff from the bottle of hairspray she held. “What on earth is this anyway, Francie?”“Hairspray,” said Francie dryly. “I realize the label is in Mandarin Chinese, so it would make sense that you would have to ask—”Celia pursed her lips. “Come on, Francie, I know it says hairspray, but you and Alice kind of have just the tiniest tendency to reuse bottles. Don’t you remember the time you put talcum powder in an old cornstarch container and the gravy was absolutely disgusting?”
Did you do last week's challenge? How'd your week go overall? Do share in the comments!