As promised, here is my second update post for the day: this time about my Thanksgiving writing day! Enjoy and share your turkey day (or regular Thursday for the non-Americans) experiences below!
Today’s Word Count: 1,848
Total Word Count: 65,700
Estimated Writing Time: 45 minutes
Motivation: Putting in a better word count than yesterday and proving that I can find time to write on Thanksgiving.
Inspiration: Today, my grandma asked me about graduate school, which I have decided not to apply to in favor of A) making a full-time income while Daniel takes his turn in graduate school and B) writing and publishing my work on my own terms (in which case I won’t need an MFA if I am successful). However, she did not even want to listen to my alternative plans. She was just irritated that I wasn’t going (even though she understands nothing about the way graduate school works). This made me really upset and brought up a lot of my insecurities about transitioning from academia to “the real world,” BUT it inspired me to get my butt in the chair and keep working on this manuscript.
Biggest Triumph: Simply having the energy left to write after the busy holiday seems like a success to me!
Biggest Setback: Holiday festivities — which isn’t a bad thing by any means, just something that kept me from writing for most of the day.
Helpful Insights: Some people do not and will not ever understand that creativity CAN and IS a profitable job when pursued correctly. If you want a creative and/or entrepreneurial career, do not let others’ doubts bring you down. Stick to your guns and keep working at your dreams. In time, you will show them what you’re made of and they will understand. And if they don’t, that’s their problem, not yours!