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.