Last week, we had the option of doing two different challenges. Some of you completed the second one immediately, much to my delight and surprise. Let’s review.
Challenge 1 was to write a minimum of 350 words every day. Challenge 2 was to share something you wrote, either from the photography challenge or another piece you were working on. Several people were brave enough to either share links or post their work in last week’s thread – I highly recommend you check them out.
Personal confession time: I wrote five days out of seven this time around, most nights far exceeding the goal count. This seems to be about what I can handle. I’d really love to work up to daily writing but this 5/7 seems to be what is working in my life right now. I’m not gonna slam it. It’s a hella lot better than not writing at all.
Leave your updates in the comments below. I look forward to passing out many gold stars!
This week: This is a bountiful week for us challengers. There is a choice of three options below, of which you can do one, two, or all three.
1. We’re going to bump our daily count up just a smidge to 400 words per day.
2. Fabulous artist Camilla Engman is running a contest on her own site. Tell the story behind these illustrations. The winner gets a free item of choice from her studio! The contest is open until March 5th. Even if you don’t win, I’ll have some bonus points for you here.
3. Our own amazing Linotte Melodieuse issued a Lentian-NaNo challenge; 40 days of writing with a 50,000 word goal. That’s a daily goal of 1250 words. I know there are some overachievers among you who can take that on.
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.
Need a little inspiration? Try this writing exercise:
Imagine a person with an idiosyncratic way of seeing the world (for instance, an occasional drug dealer, who, because of his amateur status, is more than usually prone to seeing danger where there is none; an entomologist who tends to categorize the world dryly, as if seen through a microscope; a world-class athlete whose clarity of vision is almost hallucinogenic). Have this character witness a traumatic event that does not directly involve him or her. Narrate the event from a first-person point of view, making sure that the perspective is carefully built around the idiosyncrasies of this personality. Also, as a hidden aspect of this character, imagine him or her as some kind of unusual animal. 600 words. (via mysite.du.edu)