Saturday, 17 December 2011

Writing challenge

I was really sad when my NaNoWriMo project fell by the wayside.  It was silly of me to even think about doing it because I was trying to finish my nursing course, have my birthday (and party), work and see my family.  Even though I had very valid reasons, I still felt discouraged and failed as a writer when I realised that there was no way for me to finish NaNoWriMo.

At that very moment in time, Sarah at Desirous of Everything entered my blogging world.  I don’t even know how I found her blog but she was also doing a NaNo project.  But it was different, more realistic.  She was writing 500 words every day.  500 words is manageable.

I have loved following her project.  The pure joy she gets when she goes on an inspired word spree, the frustration she feels when the 500 words just come plodding out.  I’ve loved reading about the mundane-ness of this writing project.  Just sitting your butt down and writing 500 words each day.

So here we go.  I left a comment on her blog and she suggested I blog about the challenge and my progress so I feel a bit more accountable.  I’ve also totally stolen her idea of writing out my wordcount on a chart and placing a rad sticker on the dates I’ve completed.  I’ll post each week.  This is it so far.

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At the moment, I’m not entirely loving my story and I’m not sure where I’m going with it.  My plot is a little weak and as I’m writing it, I’m thinking to myself “That would never happen”.  I’m also completely uninspired, I just sit and write my 500 words a day.  BUT they are 500 more words than I would normally write so I am counting it as a victory.

5 comments:

Abigail said...

Ooo! I can't wait to read your story!

Katie said...

Sounds like a great plan! Any excuse to use awesome stickers is surely a good one. I hope it goes well and I look forward to hearing more about it (and seeing many more stickers).

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

You go girl! I have no doubt you can do this! What a wonderful way to achieve your goal....rad stickers are always good motivators. ;)

I would love to READ your words...are you going to share?

Happy week ahead to you!! xo

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

I hope you can keep it up. Even if its uninspiring to you, you are getting your 500 words in daily and then in time you can tweak the story to how you see it best. :)

Do you have a thing for horses? ..with your stickers? Cute. :)
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Sarah O'Holla said...

I just saw this post today! So glad you tried the 500 words a day, love you stickers! And excited that you're participating in the Comment Love Challenge- thanks for signing up!