Hustling-day 3: how am I going to do this?

Day three, the question is how am I going to do this?

Well–for starters, do a better job carving out some free time to write than I did today. I figure to put down my 1500 words in a day, I need about an hour to write. Today, it’s probably painfully obvious that I didn’t wind up making that time. I got about 300 words out of a class assignment and another 100ish on my novel in the 10 minutes before writing this post and going to bed.

I’m also going to make sure that I don’t overthink it–I’ve found some of my better writing (the stuff that actually makes my wife laugh) comes from when I’m being free-flowing and not trying to be overly clever. I think sometimes with humor, I can try too hard at times. I just finished a scene in which my main character (who, in my head, is sort of Zachary Levi-ish, though the current bearded model, and not the beardless version from Chuck) having a lengthy discussion with an airport bartender (played, in my head, by Isaiah Mustafa, a.k.a. the old spice guy, only wearing a shirt for once in his life) while drowning his sorrows in ginger ale. (I realize how random this all sounds out of context, but trust me–it’ll make a ton more sense when I’m finished.) I think there might be bits that feel forced that I’ll have to rework later, but the bits that I feel worked came fairly naturally when I hit my groove.

Finally, I’m not going to make excuses. This means that, ultimately, I didn’t carve enough time out of my day to write today. I’m shooting to make up for lost words tomorrow (so I’ll hopefully be knocking out 2,500ish) to remain on  target for the rest of the month. I can do this. I just need to do it.

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