Day 2: Excitement & Tenacity
30-Day Writing Challenge
Part 1: Reflection
Today’s intentions are excitement and tenacity. In order to find this in our writing, we need to dream big, set goals, and reward our progress. Here are some questions to ponder:
- What connections do you see between the words excitement and tenacity? How can you carry these words into your writing and your writing practices?
- What rewards would bring excitement into your writing and help build tenacity on difficult days? How can you set goals and build these rewards into your writing processes?
Part 2: Free-write
Set the timer for 5 minutes. If you’ve never done a free-write before, it might feel a little awkward at first, but keep going. Today we are going to use a sentence start to get us going. The sentence start is I dream that… The goal is to be writing the entire five minutes. It doesn’t matter what you write. Just put down the first thing that comes to mind and keep going. If you get stuck, rewrite that first sentence until something new comes. Feel free to keep going if the timer rings and you aren’t finished yet.
Part 3: Writing Prompt
Set the timer for 20 minutes and write. Genre doesn’t matter, it could be a poem, story, memory, or anything else that sparks words. Feel free to stick with the prompt, pick and choose parts of the prompt, or ditch it entirely. Think of it more as a jumping off point. Give yourself permission to write without a thought to quality or potential. Just go. Have fun. The more you do this, the better your brain will get at coming up with ideas. Today’s prompt is a scenario prompt:
How would you go about faking your own death? Where would you go afterward?
Part 4: Tip
Consider when and where you write. It might help to keep a journal for a few weeks. Jot down when and where you are writing, for how long, how many words you managed, and how you felt before, during, and after the session. Consider how easy it is to motivate yourself to write in each circumstance, how easy it was to maintain, and how you felt afterward. This is a great way to discover your ideal writing time and setting.
At the end of our challenge, I will be giving away three book boxes (picture of said boxes will come this weekend). To enter the giveaway, participate. Every time you participate, you will be entered. The three winners will be drawn at random on February 13th. Here are a few ways you can participate:
- Leave me your thoughts, ideas, inspirations as comments on challenge posts
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Don’t forget about our special day 1 giveaway. Between now and January 21st, comment on the Day 1 post with your favorite tip for getting the writing flowing and you’ll also be entered to win a copy of The Pocket Muse. I will draw the winner on January 22nd and announce them in that day’s challenge.
- Self Care: build a playlist that gets you excited and sparks your creativity. Here’s a fabulous Queen playlist.
- Writing Inspiration: Finding or building a supportive writing community.
- Tool Box: One great way to spark excitement and tenacity is to enter writing competitions. Check out Winning Writers collection of the best free literary contests and get a list emailed to you monthly.
- Try out some more scenario writing prompts with the Random Scenario Generator.