So, the month of January flew by. It’s all right, it happens. We have such BIG plans for the new year, we think we’re ready. But then *BOOM* it’s February and we’re spinning in the dust as last month tears off the calendar.
This month’s In Print Challenge is to set a goal.
Whether it’s a word count goal to be met in one week’s time or
the second draft completed by the end of the month or
a certain number of query letters sent out or
a short story or poem submitted or
…you get the idea.
What do you need to get done?
Set a goal.
And the beginning of a new year always instills in us a desire to improve, to focus, and to be better. In that vein, we offer you an In Print Challenge.
The January IP Challenge:
Find your creative space. An office, a kitchen table, a library carrel, whatever suits you.
Sit down, relax, inhale deeply. Now look around.
This is where the magic happens. Become familiar with the environment.
Consider the light, the colors, the space available.
Okay, now write.
By hand, on a laptop, keyboard, clay tablet, etc.
Write whatever comes to mind.
Start a new project. Continue a scene from an existing project. Babble through a laundry list of excuses as to why you don’t feel like writing. Go ahead and type, “this is stupid”.
It’s not stupid. It’s the Challenge.
Write for ten minutes straight. Here’s an online timer.
You probably haven’t written in a while. Those distracting holidays consumed most of your time. You’re probably out of the habit.
Write for ten minutes more.
That’s it. You’ve completed the challenge. Congratulations.
Sometimes it takes us twenty minutes of forced writing to find our way, our voice, our story.
REPEAT AS NEEDED
January’s Challenge is to reestablish your writing habit.
2017 is unfolding before you and it holds much literary promise, don’t waste a moment of it.