I’ve always said I work better under pressure. I even used to have a poster of a guy in a duck press, saying, “Go ahead, turn the screw, I work better under pressure.” on the wall of my office. So, when I first started hearing about a novel writing challenge, I of course entered, then set up several other things to get done at the same time. Some are writing goals, others are winterizing projects around the home. Let me tell you how this works.
Yesterday I got up early, fed the dogs, made breakfast, shooed K off to work, did my household chores, got dressed and walked the dogs. After a coffee break in which I caught up on my e-mail, I inspected the rat traps, disposed of the body, cleaned out two truck loads of junk from under the house and took them to the dump. I then hunted up a guy who makes fancy wooden garbage boxes, bought one, took it home, and wrestled it into place at the end of the driveway.
I went back inside for a coffee, but I smelled something foul; the toilet was leaking around the base. Grrr Yep, went and got a new wax ring, removed the toilet, cleaned and dried the mess, installed the new wax seal, replaced the toilet. Then I had coffee. After the coffee I showered and dressed up a bit, time to write.
I managed to get dinner as well as write over three thousand words. The novel challenge is for 50,000 words in thirty days. If I can keep the pressure on, I can do it. How? Ok, confession time. When life gets like this I don’t watch television, ever. I don’t read newspapers or listen to the radio. I will sneak in a few chapters of a book now and then, but that’s it.
So, why did I put myself in a mess like this at this age? Simple, because I want to know if I can do it, and the only way is to keep the pressure on. If I had nothing else to do I’d probably park my ass in front of the television too often and fail miserably.
Morale of the story? Know thy self, warrior, know thy self and enjoy.
Now, how many of you are signed up for this and how do you plan to cope? I’d truly love to know.