I FINALLY hit 40,000 on my YA

This milestone feels as if it's years in coming instead of months. I can't believe how hard this book is to write. I'm feeling resistance at every turn. My words are hitting the screen one excruciating syllable at a time. If I didn't know better I would swear I've been hexed.

And none of it's brilliant. It's mediocre at best. But it's also a first draft. I know I can edit, polish, flesh out, and improve in the next go around. When I hit 50,000 words, the sound of corks hitting the wall will be heard around the world.

Today's goal: 1000 words
Yesterday's achievement: 1000 words
What I'm grateful for: Hitting 40k at long last
Quote: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." -Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)