Day 3: Movement & Focus
30-Day Writing Challenge
Part 1: Reflection
Today’s intentions are movement and focus. 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 movement and focus? How can you carry these words into your writing and your writing practices?
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 do a word-focused free-write. Start by writing the following three words at the top of your paper and then write the first thing that comes to mind. The three words are exceed, monstrous, acquit. 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 comes from The Amazing Story Generator:
After graduating from charm school, a wise garbage collector makes a deal with the devil.
Part 4: Tip
Try to write something every day, even if it is only a few sentences.
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: read about the meditative impact of coloring and then grab a coloring book and give your mind a bit of respite.
- Writing Inspiration: Read Ellen Santasiero’s article on using deadlines to your advantage.
- Tool Box: writing comes with rejection. Check out some creative ways to frame your rejection.
- Try out some more word-focused free-writes with the Random Word Generator.