I am so sorry I haven’t been writing. As of late, I have felt the icky symptoms of pancreatitis. I’ve not written at all. I’ve just clutched my stomach.
However, I have been watching and listening. This past week I’ve heard and seen things I know would go great in a novel. That would make a great incident. A great scene. An important move or change in a novel. A snippet of dialog. Something funny. Something sad.
This week I’d like to challenge you to listen for, and write down, anything that seems interesting to you. Keep a notebook or 3 X 5 cards nearby. Your goal is to come up with 100 news items. Bit of dialog, plot points, funny incidents, anything that might go into a book exactly as you write them down or with appropriate twists so you can add them in your current novel. I am NOT suggesting all 100 things are to go in your current WIP. Instead, I’m suggesting you collect things that can be used later on.
Also, Ann Dee and I will come up with a place and time for our potluck dinner.
Also also–PLEASE keep Lynne Snyder in your prayers. She’s very ill.
You did it!
You are amazing! Did you accomplish 32 hours of writing? Did you take weekends off?
Did you reach your goal?
While I didn’t write every day, man, I tried. And I accomplished two big things. (I had hoped for three, but I am thrilled with the two.)
So, how do you feel?
Share your goals, if you’d like. What did you do? How would you have changed this challenge? How did you get your time in? What was the easiest part of the challenge fo you? What was the hardest?
I can tell you the hardest part for me. Even though I told my family for days that I was taking the hour in the mornings, they still intruded on the hour. I whined about this with the first interruptions, then I figured out I was going to need to figure out how to work anyway.
What was the best part for you?
The best for me was knowing out there, somewhere, other people were giving an hour a day to their writing. I loved the idea of community.
Ann Dee, Kyra and I will let you know where we’ll eat. Would you love to do a potluck? That might be great fun. Go to Olive Garden again? Whatever we decide, let’s make this an annual tradition.
And remember this–YOU ROCK!
PS Guess what awaits you? REVISION!
You have just one day–just these last few hours–to complete your writing goal of One Hour a Day.
When will that be for you?
Will you join me for one hour right after I post this blog?
I’ll post one more time tomorrow.
But may I just say, even if you write five times with us this last month, good for you. What we do? It’s hard. And you’ve been doing hard things.
Enjoy your last hour on this challenge.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
How will you finish the challenge?
We hope you’ve been writing.
I know I have tried to write Every. Single. Day.
Put your head down.
No need to try and make up lost time. Just WRITE today.
Enjoy these last two days.
Love your words.
Love this chance.
Love your story.
How will you spend your last week + one?
Will you write every day?
Have you done well so far?
What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself during this past writing experience?
My advice today is you can do this. Even if you haven’t written a word this whole time, you can start today and write for one hour. Each morning or each afternoon each evening. Or you can do as a dear friend of mine did and write 15 minutes at time until you have logged your one hour.
We’re counting down! Eight Writing Days Left!
Can’t wait to hear what you have done!
What does Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln mean?
I’m using voice recognition software because my arm has been hurting a while. I injured myself helping someone here at home. (Rick Walton used Dragon when his Parkinson’s got bad. Now I am a fan, not because it works really well — it is great– but because my pal used Dragon.)
when I said “wiggling and jiggling and slinking” this morning in my wrasseling book, Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln came out.
This hint is about revision. Don’t include it in your one hour of writing. I read a little bit of the previous day’s work before I start my next one hour to get me back into the groove and the voice. But I don’t spend my one hour rewriting. That time is for new words.
A part of you will want to rewrite. I get it. I want to also. But don’t. Save revision for when we all are done in just a few days.
Unless you have Wickland Jacqueline’s Lincoln. That you can rewrite.
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What? On Labor Day?
Yes! One of the most prolific and well-published writers of our time, Stephen King, writes every day of the year. Even birthdays and Christmas.
One hour a day.
That’s all we ask.