Brilliant, wonderful Helen over at Redders Ramblings appeared on my comments just at the right time with the right challenge. She didn’t say ‘come on, let’s both write 1000 words’ which would’ve had me scuttling to my bed with a book, but ‘how about 100 words?’
‘100 words’ I thought. I could probably do that. I didn’t beat myself up about how little it is … do you KNOW how many fiction words I’m writing at the moment? NONE. So 100 would be 100 more. When the word ‘pitiful’ appeared in my head – I banished it. Helen suggested we might make more by Friday. An ongoing challenge. Fab.
I popped back over to Helen’s to commit to the challenge. And then I opened my 74 words of Novel 2, and I wrote a new 155 words. So now I have 229 words. I wanted to do more, but I also wanted to find it easy and pleasurable. And it was late in the evening …
So instead I prepared for bed with my book, and then I got a flashy light on my Blackberry announcing an invitation to Helen’s new blog ‘One Hundred Words A Day’. No excuses, just register ‘Done x words’ on the comments. And so we hope to rebuild our habit.
If you’d like to join us, send Helen an email and she’ll invite you to the blog.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got 100 words to write.