Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

It has been an incredibly busy week and I thought I was going to have put in a woefully low number for Word Count Wednesday today, but then a miracle happened.

My internet, phone, and TV service went down for over six hours.

Honestly, I can't tell you how much work I got done. No one could call me, no one could watch TV, (so I had all my kids' rapt attention) and I couldn't get on the internet to procrastinate anything. I buckled down and got some papers organized and filed that I'd been putting off, my house was clean and dinner made (thanks to everyone doing their chores, since, you know, there was nothing better to do), and I worked on my manuscript with no distractions.

How many words this week, you ask?

5988!

So, not only do I have a clean house and organized files, but my manuscript is going full steam ahead! Woohoo!

How did you do this week? And if your TV, phone, and internet were down, what would you do with the "free" time?

8 comments:

Melanie Goldmund said...

If the TV, phone and internet were all down, I'd probably try to get the family interested in a board game. Some of our family favourites include Ticket to Ride: Europe, or The Downfall of Pompeii, where we all delight fiendishly in throwing others' meeples into the volcano, or The Settlers of Zarahemla (which is the Mormon version of Catan.) But if nobody wanted to play, I personally would reach for a book.

Word count: I can't remember. Maybe 300. Or was that last week? I used to have a brain around here somewhere -- oh, here it is, rattling around in my skull like a pea in a drum. I'd better be careful that it doesn't fly out -- whoops! There it goes! I'll be right back once I've caught it again.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Okay, Melanie, now I feel guilty. Instead of playing a board game with my kids and bonding with them, I made them do chores! Sheesh. I'm a mean mom. My kids would probably love to live at your house.

I know what you mean about wondering where your brain went. I find these days if I don't write it down, I just forget. Good thing I'm a writer! haha.

Congrats on 300. That's better than 0!

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

Hi Julie,

I'm new to your blog and hoping some of your productivity will rub off on me. It took me 5 years to write my first novel. (By the time it comes out this spring, it'll be 6 1/4.) I'm hoping to go a little faster on novel #2. I have 6 kids, so watching you do this with 8 is very inspiring to me.

My word count for this week was around 2140.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Rebecca, welcome, and congrats on having your book come out in the spring! Woohoo! The thing for me is to always remember that if I even get one page done a day, that's about a novel and a half a year. It makes it seem more manageable for me.

I hope you'll comment often and let me know how you're doing. And I hope you'll tell me about your book so we can all go buy it when it comes out! :)

Debra Erfert said...

I've written 8,878 words for the week with a self-emposed weekend "blackout" from writing. No kids at home, just busy with other things.

Angie said...

I didn't do so hot last week. Only three pages, or about 600 words. I like get at least 10 pages in. So far, this week I've written four, so I'm already doing better! I am impressed with your numbers, though!

Sarah Pearson said...

I actually have some good news to report this week. Yay! After struggling for a few weeks, I had a little challenge with a friend and managed to do over 10k. I'm a happy bunny :-)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Deb, you're amazing! Wow!

Angie, you're doing great. Way to get a jump start on this week. That's what I like to do, too.

Sarah, I'm a happy bunny with you! That's so great!

Seems like we're all getting a little something done. I'm so proud of us! :)