Who'da thunk it?On November 1, I, along with more than 200,000 other folks, began a mad dash to write 50k words in 30 days. My plan was just to get into some type of rhythm with writing--to make it part of my daily life. I didn't intend to "make buddies," participate in writing sprints, or be in a group. I just wanted to put myself first and write with no guilt over "not having my work done" before having some fun.
Here's what happened!
- I met some folks online who asked me to help brainstorm some ideas with them, so I did (they had some really interesting premises), and I found out that they had some great ideas to help me too!
- I found out that Casper has a Writers Group with some women I already know (and like) so I'll have camaraderie face-to-face a few times this month!
- Checking in with other writers pushes me forward.
- When I sit down and sink into my story, the words just flow.
- Not re-reading what I've written keeps me moving forward.
- Showers and talking to myself about what my comrades have suggested has helped me navigate a situation I didn't know how to do--and introduced 2 new characters I didn't have a clue about.
- I have a hard time pulling myself away, so I have to really be careful not to shut out all the other things I have to do to be a responsible adult.
- I have written over 10,000 words in the first 3 days of the challenge.
Not a bad payoff for 3 days' worth of effort. I'd say I've already won. The only thing I feel a little weird about is the whole conversation between two of my characters, Fairlee and Elna who had a big fight over whether walking a ferret on a leash would be harder than putting a diaper on a chicken. I don't know where that came from.