Well, the last few weeks have put paid to any serious thoughts of keeping up with the 100k in 100 days writing challenge. What with flu, solo-parenting, snow storms, snow days and a broken hand (the husbands); it’s been impossible to find the time or the energy for any serious writing.
But, that’s okay. I’ve just stalled and I’ll start again. Just not yet.
I need to recharge a little; write only when I feel like it, and only as much as I want. Without pressure.
In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying writing some fun blog posts about the snow (makes me hate it slightly less) and reading Nikki’s various writing challenges! I’m taking notes :)
In fact, while I was waiting for inspiration to strike for last week’s prompt post, I tried my hand at the ten to one challenge (a story with a first sentence of ten words, second sentence nine words etc. giving a total of 55 words…).
I started from the bottom, perhaps an unconventional approach, but the last three words/two sentences were the first thing that popped into my head (triggered by the prompt ‘Solitary’!). I haven’t edited this, at all; but I thought it would be fun to share my ten minute exercise…
He arrives early, as usual, taking a seat and waiting.
She enters the bar knowing this is the moment.
He looks up as she approaches the table.
She falters, can she really do this?
He asks, hope mixed with dread.
She slowly closes her eyes.
He takes her hand.
She smiles sadly.
It was just what I needed to loosen me up and break the block that was holding me back.
Writing something for fun, for me, felt almost like a luxury. It’s something I desperately want to do more of, but it is at the bottom of such a long list of must-dos at the moment.
But, if even ten minutes of fun, no pressure, no focus writing can cheer me up the way this did, then I really do need to do more of it :)