There is actually more to the story than that. All books need you to do things that don't produce word count, and not everything you write will book worthy. BUT just think of the possibilities. It was a start. For 30 days I committed to producing 1000 words of written content - any kind of content. It could include chapters for new books, poetry, blog posts of any genre, short stories, recipes. It didn't matter how I reached that 1,000 words, it only matter that I showed up and did the work.
Lastly, I signed up for an online Storytelling Writing Certificate program. Not every class has been amazing, but it's definitely pushed me in new directions and made me look at what I do from a more professional point of view. I even wrote the opening chapter for a work of fiction. I still need a plot to take it from there, but I am so excited with the possibilities.
- Blogs written - 39 (a mix of articles, poetry, recipes and book reviews) - 19,564 word count
- Number of words written on a possible new book - 12,157 word count
- One chapter written for a new collaborative book I am going to be a part of - 1048 word count
- An opening chapter for a book of fiction. A start I can build from. 956 word count
- Finished a 10 day poetry challenge, a 30 day writing challenge and completed 3 courses in my Storytelling Certificate Writing Program
On top of that I want to add some things that are more anecdotal.
- The resistance I used to feel to sitting down and writing, has for the most part disappeared. I now have a new ingrained habit that draws me to the computer after I make my 2nd latte.
- As I said above, the ideas and words are flowing out a little easier. There are still days it's a reach to find inspiration, but I have to tools to work through those moments. But the further I progressed in this challenge, the more creativity presented itself.
- The skills I've been exposed to are helping to bring more depth and emotion into my work. I want to continue to grow and improve as a writer. I've been in a rut for too long.
- Writing the first chapter of a fiction book was a thrill like none. Can I build on this? I honestly don't know. But at this point I am feeling incredibly excited about the prospect. I had given up hope in this area. No longer.