A month ago, a fab teen writer and editor, Weronika Janczuk decided to put this whole “write every day” thing into perspective and challenged the blogosphere to just focus on writing ONE page a day. Easy, right? And just what I needed to get back on the “writing” horse.
From 5/15 to 6/15, I focused on just trying to get out one darn page. This was a HUGE undertaking for me as I was just coming off a pretty serious illness and hadn’t written much of anything in months…yeah, I said it…MONTHS.
So, on 5/15 I started writing in a journal. Nothing major. NOTHING I would share with anyone. Just words on the page.
Within a week a character, Ashlynn, started poking around, wondering what I was doing. A few days later, she started telling me HER story. Being the good writer that I am, I wrote it down. By week 2, I had started something new.
But, as is usually the case with such challenges, Ashlynn grew fickle. She teased me and I let my inner editor chase her away. Well, not really- but that blasted inner editor did manage to shut her up a bit. My writing stalled. I started to skip a few days.
So I pulled out the journal, and just wrote in it…no pressure, just pouring my thoughts into written words.
It helped. Ashlynn returned. Her story began to take shape again.
I had a couple of friends read the first few pages. Their feedback encouraged me and Ashlynn. So I outlined the story and wrote a few more pages.
Then, I got the edits for my parenting book. I had to put Ashlynn and her story aside. My edits took priority.
First order of business – add many many many pages. Fortunately, my amazing editor had good ideas of where and what to add. I went to work and cranked out over 70 pages in a few days.
Which brings us to the end of this little challenge. Here are my overall results:
- Pages written – 189 (or about 47K) – That’s almost Nano speed
The breakdown –
- 70 pages on my parenting book, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children
- 53 pages on the new story, Perfect Scars
- The rest, about 66 pages, in my journal.
This was a great experience for me. Thanks Weronika for doing this.
Anyone out there try the #PADC challenge? How did you do?
For those who missed it, I am planning a #PADC of my own over the fourth of July weekend. Let’s see if we can manage a few pages in between our BBQs and fireworks.