A New Challenge

Hello all. It’s been a long time. I have been writing little bits here and there, but never really did anything I thought was worth posting. Plus I’ve had some rather big changes happen in my life over the past few months, none of them good, so that’s been keeping me from doing much in the way of hobby writing.

Some of you may remember a little thing I did over a year ago now. I challenged myself to write 2,000 words every day and post them here on my blog. And you may remember that I succeeded. Well, in an effort to get back in the habit of consistent writing, I’m going to do it all over again in July.

This time, however, I’m going to push myself a little harder by adding a little structure to the challenge. For my first week, I’ll do exactly what I did last time, just write about whatever I want and post it. Weeks 2 and 3 will be where I change things up. I’m going to set daily goals for myself and attempt those goals at the same time as I fulfill the challenge. These goals will essentially be me choosing some aspect of writing that I feel I need to improve. For example, I might take a day or two and focus on trying to create interesting dialogue, especially in a way that fuels conflict (verbal sparing). Or I may decide to spend a day working on creative ways to weave exposition into a story. I’ll be looking at resources wherever I can find them for ideas, learning different techniques and finding out ways to improve myself that aren’t necessarily apparent to me right off the bat. The final week will be spent working solely on story ideas I have had in the past but never really worked on. Just getting something down and maybe working towards a rough first draft at some point in the near future.

And remember, I always welcome ideas and advice. Want to suggest strange/difficult topics for me to tackle? Go ahead. Have some thoughts on things I seem to be struggling with or what you think I should be focusing on? Great, I’d love to hear it. I’m doing this to learn and to improve myself as a writer, and by extension as a thinker.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to the next month with you, whoever you might end up being.

-E

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