500 Word Challenge: Day 2

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Setting Goals!

Day 2 is supposed to be about goals. I talked about some of my goals yesterday, but today I will see if I can write 500 words on them. Since I was a little kid, I have loved writing. Back then I wasn’t so self-conscious about my writing, and though my parents tried to help push me along, I put it aside for several years. I took two creative writing classes in college, but it always seemed that I was much better at writing research papers than stories. In my heart I feel like a writer, and it frustrates me to no end that it doesn’t transfer to paper.

1. I would like to keep this blog updated. So I need to decide what I mean by updated. I would like to be able to write 500 words every single day, but I fear that I would run out of things to talk about. However, there are hundreds of websites out there with prompts, and I have several TV shows that I still want to write about. And this brings me to my other concern: what’s the purpose of this blog? I want to write what I like to write about and if people read it great, but at the moment I don’t think anyone reads my blog anyway. Just because I don’t blog every day doesn’t mean that I can’t write every day.  I will post daily for the next 30 days. After that I will continue to write daily but post weekly.

2. Get in the habit of writing. I mentioned yesterday that I just want to get back in the habit of writing. I need to take time each day to just write. I need to not over analyze what I am writing (because that frustrated me). I just need to write. Along with habit, I need to work on my writing skills. I tell my students that reading for just a ½ hour every day will improve your reading comprehension. So, I will take my own advice and write for at least a ½ hour every day. The real challenge will come when I have completed the challenge. I am hoping that I will come to love the time spent at my desk writing and not be anxious about it.

3. Get ready for 2015 NaNoWriMo. I have attempted the NaNoWriMo twice. But the idea of 50,000 words in 30 days really blew my mind. I went into both of them with no preparation and ended up bailing two days in. This year, I will be working on writing everyday and honing my skills. Between now and November, I will be preparing: creating outlines, doing some research, and most importantly working on my dialogue. Dialogue is tough for me. All my characters come out sounding like me. Maybe the piece I write won’t be an original piece of fiction. I wonder if fanfiction would count. I think that taking characters that have already been created is a great way to practice writing. I could study their speech patterns and find out what makes each character different.

There were a lot of little goals in those 3 main goals, and though I know I will be adding more to the list as I go, it felt good to write out what I have so far.

WC: 545

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One thought on “500 Word Challenge: Day 2

  1. christinelewisartwork January 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm Reply

    I feel your ‘pain.’ As an artist, I also need to practice in order to progress. (I like that phrase. In fact you can use it if you want to) I have always been told to draw every day. Now I’m told to paint every day. I am finding out from experience that this is very true. My paintings are improving much faster than before and I am enjoying the process much more.
    Keep it up! : )

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