It’s the final countdown. My October Wine & Write (my answer to NANO) writing challenge begins tomorrow and I’m very excited to get it underway. As I look through my notebook from last year, I realize just how productive I can get when I give myself such a challenge. I guess it’s because in my mind I’ve made a public commitment to my writing and it’s not enough that I hold myself accountable, but my friends do as well. They encourage me in ways I can never repay, sometimes simply by asking how it’s going or telling me how much they wrote that day, which makes me feel I need to get on the ball and catch up. I wrote over 100 handwritten pages on my novel, began a new 300 page journal, and added 5 chapters (which came out to over 17,000 words after I edited it) to the novel. October is a busy month, being that it’s my birthday and my mother’s birthday. And believe me, being from the south, you don’t want to miss your momma’s birthday and dedicate to it the much needed flair every southern lady deserves.
But despite that, my commitment holds true. My commitment is to write every day. Whether it’s a sentence, a paragraph, several pages, a whole scene, etc. Whatever it is, I write. My overall goal for the month is simple. I want to get at least 9 new chapters handwritten. (And finish up the last 100 pages of this current journal. I have a fresh one waiting for it’s deflowering.) I find this a very doable challenge since these particular chapters I’m working on are very well outlined and I wrote most of the dialogue 2 years ago. Also, I’m not currently working and if that keeps up through the month, I should easily be able to devote a good few hours each day to undisturbed writing. That’s my goal. Hold me to it.
As you can tell by this picture, I perused the wine section of my local grocery store and found a few wines that I’ve either tried once before and would love again, or a few that I’ve been curious about. I believe all are under $12. Tomorrow or Wednesday I’m going to go in search of a few good whites (I’m a Riesling girl, but I’m trying to branch out). I’m always looking for suggestions, so much thanks to any that come my way.
Cheers and Sláinte! Here’s to good wine and good writing!