Last week I offered up three options: write 400 words a day, enter artist Camilla Engman’s competition for her illustrations, and Linotte Melodieuse’s Lentian-NaNo challenge. It was an and/or challenge — who did more than one?
Personal confession time: I stunk up the house. It was a total non-starter of a week for me. I even ended up having to bow out of one of my regular slots (sorry, Buffy fans) here on Persephone. I’m wavering between trying to not beat myself up too much — we all have those weeks where nothing comes together for us — and trying not to be too forgiving. I believe strongly in the Newtonian laws of writing: objects at rest want to stay at rest. Honestly, it’s a harder balance to achieve than one might think. No stars for me this week.
Linotte also posted this week about her challenge. You can read her post here.
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This week: There’s two parts to this week’s challenge:
1. We’re keeping our word count at 400 words per day.
2. The great and mighty Ursula K. LeGuin shared this challenge in the book How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, in turn adapted from LeGuin’s own book Steering the Craft.
Write a page of whatever kind of narrative you write — fiction or non-fiction — without any adjectives or adverbs. You can also take a few pages of narrative you’ve already written and remove all the adjectives or adverbs, rewriting your sentences as necessary. There’s more about this exercise in my book Steering the Craft, where I call the exercise Purity. I do think it’s the most scariest and useful exercise I know.
This will count towards your daily word goal.
That’s it! You have until 10 p.m. next Sunday to check in and tell us how you did.
New friends and old friends, don’t forget that our writers group is open 24/7 for commiseration and support, as well as helpful links, contest submission information, and tips.