Early mornings, late nights, a trillion words written, loud music, standing desks, and bananas – week 1 of the April challenge was a massive success.
If you haven’t read my post about what I’m doing this month, check it out here. As a quick recap, I promised to:
- Write 90,000 words in April (3,000 a day)
- Step up at the gym, and
- Quit drinking (boooooo!)
So without any more boring intro, let’s get right into it. Here is how the week went (written in real-time, live tweet style):
Day 1 – Saturday, April 1
- 10am: I’m tired. How do I write prose? It’s been over a month since I’ve done that. What do I do with my hands?
- 1:45: 1,750 words down. Time to go to the grocery store to get healthy food for the next few days. This isn’t so bad.
- 4:28: 3,551 words written, and I’m done for the day. Took an hour break to buy some healthy food for the week. New standing desk rules. Everyone go buy a standing desk. I think I might be a superhuman writer, because that was easy.
Day 2 – Sunday, April 2
- 3:53: Why didn’t I start before this? Damn you procrastination. Procrastination is the enemy. I need to stop procrastinating. Stop procrastinating, Dave.
- 3:55: Well, it’s been two minutes and I haven’t written anything. Maybe I should re-read what I wrote yesterday.
- 4:03: What I wrote yesterday is straight fire.
- 8:41: 2,075 words written. I swear I’ve written at least 5,000 today. Word counter must be broken.
- 9:28: 3,209 words. Suck it, book.
Day 3 – Monday, April 3
- 9:06: 3,776 words done. Got carried through the day’s writing because I got to introduce two of my favorite characters in these chapters. That, and I promised myself I could have a bunch of raspberries for every thousand words I wrote. Raspberries are delicious. Judge me, I dare you.
Day 4 – Tuesday, April 4
- 8:25: 3,421 words. You’d think I would have more to say about that.
Day 5 – Wednesday, April 5
- 6:22: Well, shit. I haven’t even started yet. Way to go, Dave.
- 7:47: 1,277 words done. Time for a break to go to the gym. Almost 1/3 of the way done, woo! Maybe I’ll get to go to sleep before midnight.
- 8:08: JK, more writing before the gym. 1,833. Now gym. Brb.
- 11:30: 3,427 words. I desperately need sleep.
Day 6 – Thursday, April 6
- 5:47: Why.
- 6:12: Why.
- 6:30: Why.
- 7:00: Gym.
- 8:30: Why.
- 9:30: Why.
- 10:05: 3,347.
Day 7 – Friday, April 7
- 5:30: I have eaten four bananas in the past hour. Four. Bananas.
- 5:47: And two packages of raspberries.
- 5:53: I can’t write, my stomach feels weird.
- 6:21: I tricked myself into writing by saying all I need to do is sit down and write 250 good words.
- 9:21: 3,105. Boo. Ya. In the face. One week up, one week down, three weeks to go.
On stepping up at the gym and quitting drinking
Neither of these things posed quite the challenge I thought they would this week. I personally love going to the gym – it’s definitely my happy place – so that wasn’t a problem. I went for a little over an hour on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I used the gym each day as a break from writing so I would come back refreshed, or as a reward.
Quitting drinking was a little harder, but still not that bad. With all of the work I’ve been doing, and with going to the gym so often, I didn’t feel the urge to drink as much. I went out last night (Friday) with about ten of my friends, and it was actually really fun. One of my friends was even thoughtful enough to offer me a Le Croix. Thanks, Kyle.
I also ate extremely healthy all week, cycling my carb intake each day to keep my body from getting comfortable. My main foods were chicken, ground beef, fruit, veggies, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, string cheese (light), rice, and pasta (for the high carb days).
Biggest takeaway of the week: Get a f***ing standing desk, people. Being able to raise it up, write while standing, and pace around the room while thinking without having to push my chair back, stand, come back, sit, and scoot it back into the desk ever time is incredible. Please, if you haven’t every tried one before, try it now. Your body and writing will thank you. This thing is amazing.
So there it is – 7 days down, 24 to go. I’m about 1/6 of the way through my book plot wise, so there’s still a lot more work to do, but I just did a re-read of this week’s work and it’s coming out better than I had ever imagined it would.
Total words written this week: 23,836.
Here’s to next week.
How is your April going? What challenges are you taking on? What are you proud of accomplishing? What do you hope to get done before the end of the month?