I was thinking earlier today about why I am I unable write like this all the time? Why does it take a contest, where the only reward is knowing I have finished a 50,000 word novel?
I don't need to have a word count, or even stress myself out over not reaching that daily quota. I've admitted to friends and loved ones that I am a lazy writer. I do not set aside time to write. And that is my problem. I don't make the time to write. I can come up with any excuse not to write. Too tired, television to watch, things to do. You get the idea.
When I wrote the first novel in May 2007 with my friend L doing the same, I absolutely loved the experience of creating words and characters on the page. I had never felt like that before, especially with all the papers I had written for grad school. When I realized I had made it to 50,000 (50,044 in fact), it was as if I had earned another master's degree, the high was so great.
I'm currently at 11,082 for this new novel. I have some catching up to do, since I took last night off. Apparently I needed it. I slept for 11 hours. But I'm ready to write tonight and I still have all day tomorrow.