Day 47 – Weekend writing challenge #2

Day forty-seven of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Time: 45 mins

Words: 300

After a slow night of writing, I have decided to launch another Weekend Writing Challenge for myself. The challenge is to write a minimum of 5,000 words on Saturday and Sunday combined. We have a very busy weekend planned, but I’m going to try like hell to find some longer stretches of time to write. And hopefully, that time will be during daylight hours so I can get to bed at a decent hour and sleep.

If anyone else wants to join me in setting a challenge for the weekend, announce it here so you can put it out into the Universe. I’d say that about half of he motivation to write comes from having some accountability. Just get it out there and you will believe that someone will be checking on Sunday to see how you did. Even if no one actually is. Set your goal for 5,000 words (or whatever # you want) and tally up the totals on Sunday, end of the day.

Day 46 – Writing a new character into the story

Day 46 of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Time: 1.5 hours

Words: 1,050

I had a goal to write at least 1,000 words today but I struggled to get there. I made it and promptly quit for the night. The only thing that kept me ticking along was the unexpected appearance of a new character. And I think I’m going to like this guy. He is very different from the other two characters I have been focusing on for the last few chapters. Ironically, this new guy is bringing the other two closer together at a time when they are having trouble getting along. Tensions are high. New guy is rude and indifferent, doesn’t like to wear pants and is surprisingly helpful. He has also turned out to be a hoarder. A big one.

All it takes is a new character or a quirky change in the plot to breathe new life into a story. For the writer, such a change can breathe new life into her motivation and desire to pound away at the keys. I’m too tired to go beyond my 1,000 word goal for the day, but I am going to bed excited to pick up with the pants-less hoarder again tomorrow.