I am a competitive person. Oh, not in sports or anything like that, but in my writing. If someone sets me a challenge, I set out to not only meet it, but exceed it, if possible. Funny thing is, it doesn't seem to work the same if I set the challenge for myself.
Yesterday, I thought I had a good day. I critiqued four chapters for a writing friend and edited 50 pages of my own stuff, then wrote five new pages. Not too bad for a couple of hours of work. Then one of my writing partners wrote in what she had done. She critted the same four chapters I did, plus another 300 pages, plus wrote 10 pages of her own. All this while bundled up in blankets and hats as the heat in her house had quit working. And she feels like a slacker!
If anyone is the slacker, it is me. Her accomplishment under trying circumstances challenges me. I have good working conditions. I have heat. I can do better than this.
So today I will do better. And I will post the results tomorrow. We'll see what happens. The challenge? All the errands I have to do today cutting into my time. But those are excuses. Check in tomorrow to see the results.
Today's author birthdays: Karel Capek, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Krantz
Today's thought: "True ease in writing comes from art, not chance." - Alexander Pope
Today's teaser: Complete this sentence: The world would be a better place if only.....