100 Words a Day – Now a Facebook Group

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Whether you’re writing a hundred words a day, a thousand or ten thousand, keep yourself accountable. Join the group 100 Words a Day on Facebook.

How to do it?

  1. Go to the 100 Words a Day Facebook Group.
  2. Click “Join”.
  3. Once you’ve been added, post in the Discussion. Copy and paste the *best sentence from your day’s writing. Add the hashtag #100wordsaday.
  4. If you’re feeling brave, add your word count. (I haven’t gotten there yet!)
  5. Repeat. Every day.

Join and share! Let’s grow the Slow Words movement.

*Best doesn’t mean literary genius. It’s just the sentence that works for you or speaks to you that day. No judgement! 100 Words is all about support.

 

 

Join the 100 Word Challenge!

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You’ve got to love synchronicity.*

Last week I wrote about how I was going to take the slow road, writing just 100 words, but consistently doing it every day.

So far, I’ve been averaging 300 words. Because A) what can you say in 100 measly words? And B) writing is like exercising. It may be difficult to contemplate starting, but once you lace up those shoes and start moving, you don’t want to stop.

Then, at the latest meeting of my local chapter of RWA, we had a speaker who convinced me that I need to kick it up a notch.

Usually our speakers are fellow authors who address some aspect of writing – plot, conflict, self-publishing, whatever. But this week was different. Ruth Logan Herne was less about craft or marketing and more about inspiration.

That’s the genre she writes – inspirational romance, code for squeaky clean Christian love stories – which is at the absolute opposite end of the romance spectrum from my work. But she wasn’t there to preach Christian values.She was there to inspire in a different way.

Her workshop? Discouragement: How to Kick it to the Curb.

Her advice was simple: do whatever it takes to sit yourself down every day for half an hour, an hour, whatever you’ve got, and just write.

So far, so doing it.

But she insisted on one other thing. Make yourself accountable.

She suggested joining the Facebook group #1K1HR. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: One thousand words in an hour. You post your challenge to the other members of the group, write for an hour, then post your word count.

But, since 2017 is going to be about slow and gentle for me, I’m not going to go that route. Instead, I’m going to post the “best” sentence I wrote that day on Facebook to keep myself honest. Every day.

“Best” doesn’t mean I think it’s brilliant. “Best” doesn’t mean it won’t eventually get cut. “Best” just means that it made me smile or surprised me or just made me want to write another 100 words.

Want to join me in my 100 word challenge? Write your hundred words. Then post your “best” sentence in the comments on my FB post for the day. #100wordsaday

*According the the Free Dictionary synchronicity is the coincidence of events that appear meaningfully related but do not seem to be causally connected. 

Taking the Slow Road

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My personal mantra for 2017 is “low and slow”.

The ‘s’ word doesn’t have many fans these days.

It’s a fast world.

People want to fast-track their degrees, so they can thrive in the fast-paced environment of their workplaces. Businesses are all about increasing productivity and efficiency, streamlining and enhancing customer turnover – all euphemisms for doing things faster.

Describing yourself as slow in an online dating profile or job application won’t get you many takers.

We’ve all bought into the idea that faster equals better, myself included. Hence my initial aversion to the slow-cooker.

How could anything slow be good? I thought.

Then my mother-in-law gave me one. Naturally, it sat on the shelf for months.

Finally, one cold fall day, more to prove to myself that it was another useless piece of kitchen gadgetry than anything else, I dusted it off and plugged it in. I chucked in a cheap cut of beef with a bit of this and that and ended up with… heaven.

The same top round steak fried in the pan would make shoe-leather look tender. But in the gentle heat of the slow-cooker, the tough connective tissues dissolve, the aromatics seep into the meat and the result is tender, fragrant deliciousness.

It got me thinking. What if I took the slow-cooker approach to the rest of my life, specifically, writing?

This month some of my author friends have been sharing their goals for the year. Some examples?

“Self-publish ten novels” “write a novel a month” “increase my word-count to 3,000 a day”

Translation: write faster.

Kudos to them. I’ve tried the fast thing. I’ve knocked out a novel in 3 weeks, had it edited and published in 6. I’ve pulled all-nighters and ignored my family and neglected my finances and my health. But not this year.

My goal? Write one hundred words a day.

A hundred words a day is slow by any definition. But by this time next year, I will have 36,500 words steeped in a year of research and rumination.

I’m betting on them being delicious.

Slow-Cooker Beef Barbacoa

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Ingredients:

1 ½ lb top round steak

1 large red onion, chopped finely

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder

½ tsp salt

Dash of ancho chili powder

1 tbsp chopped hot green chilies (from a can, if you like)

¼ cup lime juice (bottled is fine)

tortillas and taco fixings of your choice, to serve

Method:

Cut the steak in half and place in the slow cooker, on top of the other ingredients. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Remove meat from cooker and shred. Return to cooker while you prepare taco fixing – I recommend cotija cheese, crema and a slaw of very thinly sliced radishes, carrots, red onion, white cabbage and cilantro dressed with a squeeze of fresh lime juice  and a sprinkle of salt.