April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough


Happy Saturday, everyone.  Today is April 15, which means we’re halfway through the challenge.  If you missed either of my last two posts, you can find them here and here.

The moral of this week was pretty simple and obvious: This s*** is getting a lot harder.

Before I get into any of that in more detail, here is this week’s recap:

Day 8 – Saturday, April 8

  • 3:33pm: 1,185 words.  Not bad considering I spent the first five hours of the day alternating between eating and watching TV.  But I did need a break, even if only for a morning, to celebrate the success from last week.  Happy break to me!
  • 3:37pm: God damn do I want carbs.  Bring on the fetuccini alfredo.
  • 3:38pm: Just kidding, I ate raspberries and cottage cheese.
  • 4:52pm: 2,010 words.  I have eaten a total of many-many raspberries, two servings of cottage cheese, and three scrambled eggs with a bunch of mini turkey pepperonis.  I have drunk one glass of water and one-hundred-and-fifty-seven cups of coffee.
  • ……..

Day 9 – Sunday, April 9

  • 10:15am: So…I did a bad thing.  I fell asleep last night with only 2,494 words written.  It was an accident, I promise!  As penance I woke up this morning at 8:30am (I usually sleep until past 10 on Sundays), showered, had a big breakfast, and caught up.  That brings yesterday’s total worecount to 3,210.  Now onto today!
  • 1:35pm: I have eaten three separate times, including once at chipotle, watched 2 hours of TV, and done 0 writing.  I am embarrassed.
  • 2:05pm: 393 words done.  Just starting really is the hardest part.
  • 8:15pm: So it turns out it’s impossible to watch The Masters and write at the same time. 1,136.
  • 8:58pm: 1,748

Day 10 – Monday, April 10

  • 9am: I made an uh oh again – I got caught up re-watching season one of Lost last night.  No more word count misses, I promise.  Wrote 1,256 words early this morning, which brings yesterday’s total to 3,004.
  • 11pm: Barely made it to the word count today – had a full day of work, hit the gym, and then came back to my mom’s house for the first night of Passover.  Wish I could have passed-over my word count for today and taken a break.  But still, success! 3,003.

Day 11 – Tuesday, April 11

  • 8am: Man, it is weird to be writing in this house again.
  • 8:30am: Spent 30 minutes researching how to grow papaya and mango trees for the book – I wonder how many words I could have written in that time.  I also wonder why nobody is feeding me papayas and mangos right now.
  • 11:51pm: 3,151 words.  Why does this keep getting harder?  Please help.

Day 12 – Wednesday, April 12

  • 7:45am: I set my alarm for 5:45am today so I could get up and write.  Snoozed twice.  Turned it off.  Way to go, Dave.
  • 6:08pm: My window looks out on a restaurant from the 4th floor of my building.  I’ve written 885 words in the last hour while simultaneously dancing aggressively to techno music.  Go to Alba Osteria in DC and look across the street if you want a fantastic show.
  • 10:27pm: Dance-writing is a new sport.  I have invented it.  Coming to a location near you.
  • 11:45pm: Dance-writing high score: 3,166.

Day 13 – Thursday, April 13

  • 4:51pm: I need to stop agreeing to hang out with people.  No more friends.  GOODBYE FRIENDS.  Quick 617 words written before heading out to happy hour (where I will drink water, because I’m super cool like that).
  • 11:24pm: Finallyyyyyyyyyyy.  After drinking water at a bar (so lame) and watching the Caps win Game 1 of Round 1 of the playoffs in overtime…3,416 words.

Day 14 – Friday, April 14

  • 8am: Thank god I have an easy day of work today.
  • 10:30am: Snuck 500 words in already.
  • 1:00pm: Continuing to sneak.  I am a sneaker.  Not a shoe, though.  1,000 words.
  • 6:15pm: Week two down, and it was not easy at all.  3,051 words.

On stepping up at the gym and quitting drinking

Both of these challenges got harder in week two.  Stepping up at the gym was hard simply because of my schedule: I went to my mom’s house Monday and Tuesday, I was in a full day of training at work Wednesday and Thursday, had a happy hour to go to on Thursday evening, and dinner plans Friday night.

Drinking became a bit of an issue as well because I wanted to join in on the festivities Thursday night.  I was still able to, and had a lot of fun, but not as much as I think I otherwise would have.  I also had to answer the repetitive question of “why aren’t you drinking?” about 40 times.

Biggest takeaway of the week: This is hard to keep up for a long period of time. 

This week has helped me gain an even better understanding of the fact that life is all about tradeoffs.  You can’t do everything.  You can’t work all day, go to the gym, eat healthy, write 3,000 words a day, go out with friends, keep up with your favorite sports, travel, etc. all at the same time.  You have to pick and choose what truly matters to you, do a good job explaining to the people close to you why you’ve made those choices, and hope that they understand.  Then you have to get rid of the nagging feeling in the back of your head telling you that you’re missing out.  Not because you’re not missing out (spoiler alert: you are), but because you made a conscious choice to miss out in order to do something that’s more important to you.  At least for this month.

So I’m still going strong for April, but I’m going to be happy when May rolls around and I can be more balanced again – maybe a 1,500 daily word count makes more sense so I can spend more time out and about, having fun with other people.  And I know for a fact that I’ll be ecstatic I put in the effort to get this book finished.

Total words written this week: 22,001

Total words written in April: 45,837

Half of April down, half of April to go.

How has the first half of your April gone?  Let me know by commenting down below.

9 comments on “April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough”

  1. I got a late start on this, coming in on the 5th of April with a goal to write 5 pages a day of my book. I confess, with college homework, farm work, and work work, I am averaging closer to 3 pages rather than 5 but I’m not giving up. 5 is obtainable. Or die trying. Lol! Actually, I did pretty well earlier this week but completely tanked these last couple of days. It is Holy Week and I spent most of it serving at church as a lector. Hopefully, this coming week will see me back into my usual routine. 😨

    1. Well you definitely shouldn’t apologize for having priorities! I hope you had a good week last week. And I think it’s setting you up to deserve an extra-productive one this coming week!

  2. I agree with Michele, whilst it’s good to be in a routine and practice your craft quality over quantity is what counts. Why so many words? It’s not a race or a chore this is your passion, something you felt you were born to do … chill out my friend, enjoy the Seder as you will need the experience you gained by going for another chapter 😂
    Thank you for sharing your schedule and keep up the good work

    1. Totally agree, quality is super important, and I am 100% focusing on it. Even though I’m writing so many words every day, I’m actually writing fewer words per hour than I have before because I’m taking a lot of time to make sure they’re the right ones and I’m not skipping anything important for the sake of speed. I just like the challenge! It’s a good point though :). Thanks!

      1. WoW! I’m totally impressed by your determination and dedication. Looking forward to reading your next posts to see how you’re progressing

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