This week was a total bust in terms of picking up my word count. I got really sick and just didn’t have the energy to write much. I also go completely stumped … okay, writer’s block. I just got to a point in the story and didn’t know where to go. Nothing magical was coming to me, so I just stopped. Well, I didn’t give up on the story. I decided to type it up. Yes, I write long hand. I know it is a very inefficient way to write in this new fangled world of word processing computer programs. But, I find it really difficult to be creative with a keyboard and screen. There is something about the action of putting pen to paper that gets my juices flowing. In any event, I have kind of cheated in that I’ve taken time to go through what I’ve already written. I didn’t revise any of it, just put it in my computer, honest! I’m finding some good bits that I feel I can build on later in the story, which makes me happy. I’m pretty sure I have more story to tell. I’m also finding that what I have written so far isn’t complete garbage, though some of it will have to go if I get around to revising the story. And, I’m pretty proud of myself for having actually written just over fifteen thousand words. I think that’ll come out to just over thirty pages. I have never written a work of fiction this long and it is definitely not over. I probably won’t make it to fifty thousand words by the end of August, but if I make to thirty- or forty thousand I will be totally gobsmacked! I am enjoying the story and the process of writing. Hopefully, I’ll make the fifty thousand mark, but even if I don’t I’ll be a winner simply because I spent a month writing something creative.