The Stephen King Writing Challenge – Day Five

August 17, 2020 admin 0Comment

Today was the day that I think I finally found a kind of rhythm that will help me get to the end of the challenge. But it wasn’t easy.

Was Saturday’s challenge just a little bit of a train wreck? Maybe. But not as much as it was throughout the week,

Plus, I got through it. Barely.

7:15 a.m. – Start making breakfast and getting ready.

8:30 a.m. – Start picking my way through my much-neglected to-do list.

9:00 a.m. – A client contacts me and we agree that I should do some work for the almost finished copy of her manuscript that she’s going to be sending out soon. The manuscript needs a serious polish, and we’ve kind of been putting it off. This is the perfect time to tone things up! Luckily most of the stuff I need to do can be done through wiping out the formatting and applying some system auto correct features. I’ve got a bit of extra time today. What could go wrong?

7:30 p.m. – Ah. Realizing how many keystroke errors the manuscript has that can’t be auto corrected and are throwing off the final document layout. That’s what can go wrong.

7:31 p.m. – Wow. Even with the automated systems pointing out the most egregious issues, it takes time to fix…. 1200 grammar issues? 700 spelling mistakes?

7:32 p.m. – Plus, you start fixing one line of issues, and then you realize that there’s another one, and the system will only display a set number of errors so when you fix one error another pops up and before you know it you really have to get dinner because you think you had lunch at some point but you have no clue what’s been going on.

8:00 p.m. – Dinner’s almost done, but I have no clue how to get all three tasks done today. I usually keep going until about 10 p.m. before I hit a wall. And I’m going to need some down time because I’ve been working all day today.

8:30 p.m. – I guess it’s time to go for broke again. Dishes for my activity, and fanfic for my writing time. Wish I didn’t have to, but it is after 8:00pm. Right now the desperate options are the best ones.

9:30 p.m. – Did my 30 minutes of physical activity and for the first time this weekend, the dishes are DONE.

9:45 p.m. – OK, the computer is open in front of me. Let’s start writing.


11:20 p.m. – I had two novels selected for today – neither of them that depressing travelogue – and I’ve finally decided to read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please for tonight’s selection. Let’s get started.

11:50 p.m. – TEN MINUTES TO SPARE BABY! And since I’m already on the couch, I’m just going to sleep here.

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