The Day of Accountability AND Day Twelve!

So far we have five people in for lunch and the reading on April 8.

Or dinner. It might be dinner.

I’m not sure when we are meeting yet. Waiting to hear from the boss. But we do have our venue!

So how has the writing gone for you all?

We are nearly done with our marathon. We have just Friday (today), Saturday, Sunday (if you write on Easter) and Monday.

Will you reach your goal?

Will you reach your secret goal?

It’s a for sure that I will not reach my secret goal, which was start a new book.

But I will finish this novel, and I will do the rewriting of another. And maybe even another one, maybe, if my writing partner can come over and work with me.

That’s what I think right now.

Now, a note to Sue–I saw on Facebook that you are a little nervous about learning more and more and more about writing and how to put all you learn into action.

Remember what John Steinbeck said: “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.”

Just one day at a time is what you have to do. One day at a time of learning something new and then seeing how to implement what you have learned, one day at a time of rewriting, one day at a time of  whatever you are doing to make yourself the best writer possible.

This really goes to all of us.

One day. ‘Cause that’s how life is, huh?



Filed under CLW, Writing Marathon, writing process

4 responses to “The Day of Accountability AND Day Twelve!

  1. Cheryl

    Thank you for the encouragement Carol!

  2. sueburton

    Did you ever read Beverly Cleary’s Henry and Ramona series? In one of them–Henry and the Paper Route, I believe–Henry writes to Sheriff Budd (and sort of Buffalo Bob knock-off kids’ TV show host and asks him, Sheriff Bud, to tell Ramona to stop pestering Henry while on his paper route. It’s one of my favorites of those stories. Anyhow, when Sheriff Bud talks to Ramona he says, “Ramona Geraldine Quimby, I see you.” And Famona says, “Mama! He sees me.”

    That’s how I felt when I read my name in today’s post: “Mama, she sees me!”

    Thank you for the good advice. I took a break from my main goal yesterday and wrote my next book. I’m serious. It’s something I’ve been working on for years, and more seriously for the past month. But I kept feeling the pressure to finish the first one. (Even though I know by now that I work randomly, not linearly.) So, I’m still riding on the wave of all that WORK and JOY.

    My RSVP is that if we have the dinner in the evening I can definitely come. If it’s during the day I can maybe come.

  3. Robin Johnson

    Carol, I agree: if the reading is during dinner, the I can come and this is my RSVP. If it’s during the day, I can maybe come.


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