Monday, November 27, 2006

I think I can...

Do you remember the story of The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper? What a classic reminder of the power of determination and perseverance.

Today I practiced some of that determination. This past weekend, I gained a lot of momentum on the ms. I didn't want to lose that momentum I fought so hard for. But how to maintain it? I can't "Steal" every day. I have obligations.

So I did something I haven't done in awhile now. I set a goal. Not only that, I set a goal and told a writing friend about it. She is my backstop, my accountability. The goal was reasonable, but it would require effort. Not only that, but I would have to tell someone when I made it, or explain to her why I didn't.

This encourager/accountability partner sent me an email to remind me of my goal and to get me moving on it. She's great about that kind of thing. Nobody sends more e-cards and emails just when I need them than she does. She is like the circus animals and the white faced clown who encourage, uplift, and urge the Little Engine on.

I began the day by a run to the orthodontist's and the grocery store, followed by intensive review of fifth grade history and science with my son for a couple of tests he was taking today. But all the while I remembered the goal. I 'composted' ideas for what I would write when I got to the keyboard, because I knew I would need to make a report of my achievement to my encourager.

I'm pleased to say, I made it. I set out to write 1000 words today, and despite phone calls, schooling, errands, supper prep, lunch breaks, and a cat who wants to eat my silk poinsettia decorations and retch about it later, I made it!

Thank you, Donna.

God is good. (And the cat is fine.)


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  2. CJ couldn't spell 'congratulations' correctly the first time.

    Pat yourself on the back for accomplishing your goal. The faster you write, the faster we'll be able to read your novel. (-:

    Sorry I messed up your comments. It does make a difference which keys your fingers are on.

  3. I love it! I never can spell congratulations either and always compromise by saying CONGRATS really big.

    You are so sweet to mention me. I'm glad I could encourage you because you always encourage me!

    And Pookie needs to stay away from the flowers.

  4. Isn't it great that once you "steal" away time and get a good head of steam going and the wordcount starts rising, the more excited you get about finishing your project?

    Way to go!