Spring Break Word Count [CELEBRATE This Week: 186]

I’m glad you are here to celebrate! 

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This year I’ve had the special treat to meet with two fifth grade girls who love writing. We meet weekly(ish), talk about working the words, write, and share. They each are working on fiction stories.

They remind me of how simple it is to invest in the lives of others.

I issued a spring break word count challenge. If they can write more words than I do over spring break, then I’ll buy them lunch. They bargained to add their words together to beat me. We made plans for writing time and determined the parameters for what words count (notebook writing, story writing, random scenes, articles, and long letters to mail) and what words don’t count (text messages, grocery lists, or typing from notebook to Google Docs).

I plan to write 1000 words each day. There will be notebook work, articles, blog posts, and short stories for a new book idea I’m toying with. I also must write acknowledgements and work out the closing thoughts for The Next Book (which is in production). 

Oh! It has a title that is closer to being official — Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers.

I’ll be writing in the early morning hours, sneaking in mid-afternoon articles, and writing before bed. I think this is a good way to spend Spring Break 2017.

Happy writing!


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  1. What a fun thing for those girls to see if they can our-write you, Ruth. I'll look forward to seeing what happens! Happy Spring Break! Hurrah that “your next book” is on its way! Congratulations!

  2. What a gift you are giving those girls. I have a tribute blog post in the works about how “everyone needs a Ruth.” This is just another example! Happy spring break! Happy writing!

  3. What an exciting project for you and your writer girls. I love how you'll manage to squeeze writing into every day. Happy Spring Break, Ruth!