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.