Day 8 at Camp NaNoWriMo – Where’d the Road Go?

Today took a little longer than I had expected.

I had an awful lot on my To-Do list – but the very first item was REACH THE 20,000 WORD MARK.

And that was what I did.

It took a little doing because I was in the middle of a couple chapters that I only had the bare bone notes for – but this is the point of the game where a fellow has to reach into his pockets and pull his perseverance out.

Now I know that you can yourself into deep trouble with the authorities if you go blatantly waving your perseverance around like that but I am rebel, just because.

Rebel Without A CauseAnd I so wish that I had the time to hunt up an old photograph of me in my old biker’s black leather jacket – but one of these days I will.

You see sometimes you just have to go hard at something with all of your might. You just set a mark and you run for it.

That is the power of setting a goal and sticking to it.

Now – because I wrote so darned much today I don’t really have the time to give you folks much of a sermon on writing but instead let me show you a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time that will give you a better idea of just what I am talking about.

(and I really wish I could have found a clip of the whole scene – but if you want to learn about perseverance sit down tonight and watch Cool Hand Luke)

I have learned everything in my life from good old movies.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

9 responses to “Day 8 at Camp NaNoWriMo – Where’d the Road Go?

  1. That is so awesome!! You inspire me. I am kind of in a funk a little, but I think after a nap, I will be good. LOL…As a writer, do you get tired of people telling you to get a real job, etc?


    • Actually, I have ALWAYS had a real job. Lots of them. I’ve been a house painter, a factory hand, a wood worker, a fiddlehead picker, a circus roustabout, a retail clerk, a Tarot card reader, an industrial cleaner. I have crawled through oil tankers and clambered in church belfries. These days I work shiftwork in a cubicle. It pays the bills. Most writers often have day jobs, sad but true.


  2. I agree with you 100% about old movies. Most of my writing is informed by old movies and old tv. I am always thrown when people ask me for my writing influences because the writing is usually historical novels. The pop sci-fi comes from the telly. A couple too many episodes of Jason King, the men from U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek and The Avengers methinks.

    Congratulations on hitting the 20k. Grand job.




    • I love old movies because the actors looked so much like real people back then. Nowadays so many of them just look like one more film school graduate with a heavily colgated-grin and a pilates body and a flat painted-on impersonal personality. Give me Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Wayne or Spencer Tracy!


      • Oh yeah and Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Elisabeth Taylor and Joanna Lumley. They were not conventionally perfect beauties but they were stunning.




    • Oh yes – Lauren Bacall, especially when she got older. I can’t picture Joanna Lumley – and I have ABSOLUTELY no use for Sophia Loren. I always found her highly overrated – at least in any of the Hollywood productions I watched.


  3. Sophia Loren was gorgeous but as soon as she spoke she irritated the crap out of me. I just found her a little thick and pretentious. But oh yes, I agree about Bacall. She was rocking in The Shootist.


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