I’ve not been writing. Not creatively at least, and certainly not regularly in a long time. Mostly because I’ve been struggling with some emotional issues that have gotten in the way of focus, creativity, and discipline. While I still have those struggles, I think it’s time to give myself a small enough challenge that I can feasibly meet it, even with diminished energy. 250 words is a really small amount of writing to do and there is no reason I can’t manage to accomplish that for the next 25 days, even if what I write is stream-of-consciousness blather, I can make 250 words.
The last time I did a series of writing challenges like this they helped get me back into the habit of writing and I always feel better when I’m am writing and creating regularly, so this is part challenge, part therapy. So, from today until August 11, I will write at least 250 creative words (story, script, poem,, monologue, etc.) each day.
I just finished up the second writing challenge that I’ve set myself since July. I found I wasn’t quite as focused on The Devious Astroblabe but the upside of that is that I now have first drafts of two new short stories. My total word count came to 13,414 with my daily average being 447 words. This brings my total word count for creative writing since July 13 to 22,659.
I have been letting slide a couple of older stories that I need to do rewrites on, so I’m going to try to get some editing work done this coming week since I am giving myself the week off from having to write fiction. My next challenge is going to be 400 Words for 40 Days. Of course, that won’t be the only writing I’ll be doing this fall: I have edits and research to do on an essay being published in a book about Feminism and the figure of Ripley in the Alien films, I need to research and write a Dissertation proposal for the University of Hawaii, as well as a number of personal statements and other requirements for my applications to PhD programs, including a play analysis and a statement of directing philosophy. However, it’s important to me that I gain practice with regular fiction writing even when I have a lot of other stuff going on because when I do get into a PhD program, I want to remain committed to my fiction writing, even if it is only 300 – 500 words per day (which is, all things told, not that many words to commit to, even when busy).
How’s your writing going? Do you have any tips or tricks you can share? Drop me a comment if you want to share.