Sunday, May 20, 2018

Challenge Imploded

Okay. I think the title to this blog post kind of says it all really. I was going to do a writing challenge this month--a story a day no less. This didn't happen. I've only written one story this month so far. While it's good that I have a story I didn't have before, it wasn't what I wanted to do. So now what?

First, I don't call it a failure. I got that one story, right? Rather, I call it a learning experience and a check in with myself about what I can do realistically at this point. After so much time away from writing, I have to move into it slower than I thought and make goals that are modest enough for me to accomplish.

If I ease into the writing, there is a much better chance that I will succeed in making a full return.

Again, so now what?

I set a more realistic goal. What kind of goal?

Perhaps, I might start with a short story a week. Or if I decide to come back to a novel, maybe a chapter a week. Those sound doable. If I have the right attitude about it, I might have a shot.

What kind of attitude? Well, I need to think about writing as a time to just be imaginative and have fun. It's a time to play. It shouldn't be serious or thought a chore, because who wants to look at creative writing that way?

So there it is. I might reboot this challenge by focusing on just writing a story a week or whatever. Much easier than trying for one every single day. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.

Anyway, thanks for tuning in to my ramble. Maybe I'll have something more to report next time.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May Short Story Challenge

Okay. So I did it. I actually started writing again and decided that a cool way to break in was to write short stories. Then I wanted to add another element into this return to writing. Inspired by the writing challenges of Dean Wesley Smith, I thought I would write a story a day in May or at least a story for each day in May in case I miss a day. So, bottom line, I need to write 31 short stories by the end of this month.

I'm writing this on May 3rd. I've already started the challenge and I will continue to update on my progress as the rest of the month proceeds.

I will note the name of the story, the approximate word count, and the total fiction word count for the month.

That's about it. Wish me luck. Feel free to join me in this little experiment.

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Day 1: The Fire... 1,352 words... Monthly total... 1,352 words
Day 2: (did not write)... 00 words... Monthly total... 1,352 words