Monday, October 14, 2013

Writing Challenges

I completed my 21 Day Writing Challenge and I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much more creative than I have in a long time. Combining the challenge and doing the sticker calendar method has me really confident about doing NaNoWriMo next month. Also, looking back on my work, It's so great to see how my writing has grown after years of hard (and fun!) work with critique partners and exploring outside a single project. 

So here are my September stats:

Wrote 7232 words over 14 days
Average 516/day

And my October stats:

Wrote 3201 words over 11 days
Average 291/day

My average is lower for the second half, but there's a good reason. For the last three days of the challenge, I found an old notebook I used to write poetry in. For some reason, I never filled this one completely. I decided to change that and have written four poems so far. 

Not my poetry notebook. This one I currently use when I need a break from technology.
Also, my fountain pen of awesome. 
Here's one of the poems I wrote that came from a title I wrote a long time ago, but never the poem. This is what my mind came up with within minutes.

Green

The vines nudge me forward
Into the clearing where
There’s only a carpet of green,
the sun dazzling the diamonds
of dew from the morning
mysteries, and I wait
For another sign before
disturbing the splendor.
The grass yellows
and dies in the fall’s curse 
calling for winter.
Vines shrivel and die,
dust in the careless wind.
A white canvas stares
back at me, and I smile.

What about the other words I wrote? I used the different writing prompts throughout the challenge and worked on a short story. However, this short story has grown into something more. 

After talking to my Stone Circle critique partners, they pointed out there were a lot of unanswered questions that made it appear much bigger than a short story could handle. Thank goodness for their wisdom! So, I've decided to make it my NaNoWriMo project. I'm pretty excited about it so I'm using October to flesh out the world, characters, and possibly attempt an outline. I'm hoping I have a firmer grasp on this project than I did on my list NaNoWriMo novel. 


I'm also going to develop a game plan to revise/rewrite one of the books I wrote last year. So there's a lot of projects to work on for the time being. Each one is completely different from one other so it should be fun to explore and research.

I'm wishing the best to everyone as they plan for NaNoWriMo and their current projects. This is one of my favorite times of year since I love seeing how people progress on their novels. I'm so thankful to be part of such a great community. 

Feel free to add me on NaNoWriMo's website and share what you're most excited for in the comments below.

Write like the wind,

Natasha

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