Day 22. Farmville single-handedly destroys my efforts to get ahead again. 35,229.
Day 23. Fishville also strikes and I hit a maaaajooorrr wall. I cannot see what more I can do with the story given my cock-up earlier in the month. I force the words out but have absolutely no idea where I’m going to get the remaining 12,994 words from. Sob.
Day 24. Wait a minute. 13,000 words is about the length of my dissertation. That’s what I’ll do! I’ll draft a dissertation, and I can just put the words in the mouth of a wise village elder who has a strangely large amount of knowledge about the entire Aegean. Bingo! 2998 words spill forth. Some of them are ok.
Day 25. Out at gig. Not a single word written all day. Oops. Still, I’m at 40,004 and that’s an achievement in itself.
Day 26. OK, the dissertation is fine, but after yesterday, something drastic has to be done. I get the short story I wrote earlier in the month and sneakily copy it in. Oh look! I’ve recouped an entire day! Then I also write 1600 words. I am ahead. 🙂
Day 27. 1700 words but I’m flagging. I write with too few words. 45,117.
Day 28. 1566 words. Steady, girl. Steady.
Day 29. OK, where are those 100 word stories I wrote earlier in the month? They’re going in too. What? It’s creative writing, isn’t it? 48430 and OMG one day left. Cutting it fine.
Day 30. For the last day, I feel it appropriate to return to my actual plot. 500 words at lunchtime, and the remaining 1074 after work. And then I gain a miraculous 100 words in the verifier.
Yes. Bring it. Now I can actually do some knitting! Woo!