Ooo, look! A writing challenge! Can I keep it?! Can I? Can I? Pleeeeeeease?!!!
Writing challenges. They’re like pretty, shiny objects that I just have to have. Or a furry little kitty cat that I want to curl up with and cuddle. I will hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
But it never lasts. If it even begins. Because of life circumstances, which I won’t bore you with now, I’ve gotten out of having any sort of writing habit. Forget about a consistent one, I’m not even what you could call sporadic in my writing. I mean, when did I last write something on this blog? I’m not looking, but I’m guessing it’s been at least a year.
Currently, I’m one of those really sad creatures who thinks about writing. Who wants to write. But doesn’t actually, you know, write anything.
But that needs to change. I will make it change. And part of that process will include this challenge. I participated in ROW80 years ago. I think possibly it was the first or second round that Kait ever presented. And the aspect I liked best about it was the objective of having measurable goals.
I’m not an every day kinda gal. Between kids, husband, and ongoing health problems, I get overwhelmed thinking I have to do something every single day. Even if it’s something I want to do. So a challenge where I get to choose my own goal(s) and participate with friendly, non-judgemental folks is a challenge I find incredibly appealing.
I need something to help hold me accountable to my desire to write. Because I don’t have the self-discipline (yet) to get off my butt and do it just because I really, really want to.
So here are my measurable goals:
- To write one short story every two weeks.
- To read two short stories every week.
- To submit something for publication
three timesonce a month.
I wanted to make it write one story a week, but I could feel the overwhelm setting in just thinking about it in the abstract. So I figured I would keep it manageable. And I’ve already made three submissions this month, so that seemed like a doable number.
I’m excited about starting this challenge (late), and getting to know some other writers who might be in a similar boat as me. Or at the very least, sailing on the same lake.