Earlier this year I signed up for May’s Story A Day Challenge, wherein writers receive a daily prompt from its creator, Julie Duffy, and commit to writing a story every day throughout the month. Yee-up. That’s THIRTY-ONE stories. I was excited, nervous, intimidated–and determined. No matter what, I was NOT going to quit. I’d given myself and the group my word.
And guess what? May 31, I had 31 stories.
Granted, none of them were polished. Many of them were more outline than narrative. Some of them were god-awful. Actually, MOST of them were god-awful. I loved them all. They were like gems in a treasure chest I didn’t know I owned.
Even more valuable? What I learned about my own writing process.
- I HATE drafting. Drafting gives me vertigo, like someone has spun me around and left me to find my way without a GPS. Or a bucket.
- Revising is like dessert. And I love dessert.
- It’s okay to write a crappy first draft. In fact, ALL of my first drafts are crappy. See #1, above.
- Morning is my most creative time. If I don’t start writing in the morning, by day’s end my brain is like, Go away. No one’s home.
- Deadlines are my friend. The one who’s always your DD and tells you straight up when you’re a mess.
- The more I write, the more I want to write and the more my brain works like champagne bubbles. Overflowing with ideas, but without the hangover.
- I can do this.
Which is why I’m in for Story A Day September. Check back next Sunday, and I’ll tell you how week one went.
Right now, I have a story to write.
(Curious about the challenge? Find more information at https://storyaday.org/)