Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

NaNo and NFL Sunday


I love NFL Sunday. I especially love it when I’m able to see my team, The Washington Redskins play. Living in Charlotte, North Carolina, it’s a rare treat to watch them from the comfort of my own home. Today they play the Carolina Panthers so, game on! Life is good ~ right?

Well, not if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo where each day is a struggle to stay on top of your daily word goal. My daily goal is 1667 words, however so far I’ve managed to build a cushion each day, anywhere from 100 to 300 extra words. Of course we’re only on day four, so that’s not saying a lot, but any NaNoer knows, every word counts.

My plan has been to use the weekends as an opportunity to put bonus words in the bank, in case the week ahead is crazy at work and I’m too tired to write at the end of the day. It’s comforting to know those bonus words are there for the taking.

This morning I was determined to write 1667 words before the start of the game. If I didn’t reach my goal, I wasn’t going to allow myself to watch until the words were written. Then a miracle happened. I wrote 2000 words in a record time for me, less than two hours. The words were flowing from my head to the keyboard faster than I could type. I never imagined the idea of watching my team play would be such a great motivator.

As game time approaches, I can sit back, relax and hope the Washington Redskins are as successful as I was today. If so, maybe I’ll be motivated to write another 2000 words. If the Skins face a loss, my motivation may be gone, but those 730 bonus words are still in my bank going into day five.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

8 thoughts on “NaNo and NFL Sunday

  1. Great job, Jill! The more words in that NaNo “bank,” the better! It’s an adventure you won’t forget! Hope your team wins, too (I know nothing about football!).


  2. I think having a fun deadline, ie. a game on that you want to see in a few hours, is the best motivation of all to get those words out. Glad it worked for you, even if your team didn’t do so well…I’m obligated to root for the Seattle Seahawks if I want to stay married, and they’ve had their ups and downs recently, so I feel your pain. 🙂


  3. Yes, it was very motivating. Unfortunately it wasn’t the result I hoped for as far as a win…but I won, so it’s ok. So far, the Seahawks are holding their own, hopefully they will win so you can enjoy a pleasant evening with your husband. 🙂


  4. Oh my goodness, you know I hear you on this one! Here in California, we were very sorry to see the Redskins’ loss, sigh.

    But excellent news on that word count! Sometimes the prose just bubbles from a great well. As my husband watched his Packers, I marched on, relieved my team had a bye week. Next Sunday however, back to that hoping they win as the words tumble.


  5. Sounds wonderful, I love those days when the words just flow onto the page! I had two days of that so far, though today was more of a challenge.


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