Back in November, I was chronicling my progress through National Novel Writing Month. I undertake the challenge annually, beating my head against the 30 day, 50,000 word wall. When I’m done, I say to myself, “Self, take a well earned week or so off. You’ve deserve it! And we’ll buckle down to rewrites soon!”
Except that soon never really shows up. Life takes back over and I lose my writing momentum, until next November rolls around and I re-promise myself that I can dedicate more of my time to fiction writing. And I know it’s not just me. Life takes over and creative endeavors get the short shrift.
Well, it’s time to break that nasty cycle. I got a lot of feedback during the NaNo process from many of our readers and fellow writers. One thing that came up again and again was how helpful the weekly check-ins and the attending accountability were to staying motivated. So that’s where we’re going to start.
Our first challenge comes from @QoB : 1,000 words by 8 p.m. next Sunday, January 29th. Any topic, any genre, any format.
1,000 words? In 7 days? That’s nothing. That’s pocket change. Totally doable!
Check in next Sunday night in the writing group, Nano and Beyond (you can also navigate to the group via the ‘Groups’ tab at the top of the page). There is no pressure to share what you’ve actually written. We’ll take you at your word.
Need a little nudge to get started? Try this writing exercise:
Go for a walk, paying careful attention to your surroundings, until you find something that doesn’t belong. It could be a piece of garbage on the street, a coin, an animal, a car battery in the woods, anything out of place. Tell the story of how it got there. (via Poet and Writer)