Greetings, dear pond readers! I write tonight with an ecstatic heart and one mucus smeared face. As I wrote in a recent blog post, I decided to start 2022 with a new writing challenge offered by NYCmidnight. The entire point was to stretch my creative muscles with a writing prompt that would challenge me. Without detailing the full assignment, the prompt I was given involved the romance genre which is definitely outside of my comfort zone. After I got my brief, I found myself pondering different options with a befuddled mind for three of my precious eight days. I noodled out a bunch of different notions in my journal with my new favorite fountain pen before falling asleep every night.
Thankfully, I am a determined sort with both a very supportive spouse and an encouraging friend who checked in on my progress daily to help me brainstorm and cheer me on. I finally started drafting in earnest on day five during my lunch break and managed less than 500 words. It was a start. The next day I wrote only 10 words. Another day I only picked the names for my characters. Yesterday, I wrote nothing. In fact, I woke up with both a runny nose and a sore throat. Yipes. Luckily, I tested negative for COVID-19 with an at-home test and was able to get through the day albeit without draft progress. I have a busy schedule and with the barest of bare bones ideas barely begun, I placed all my hopes in finishing a draft on Saturday. Would it be good?
Nope. But then, first drafts are supposed to be lousy. It’s okay if I don’t get through to the second round. My attitude is that I have paid for the opportunity to try something new and get editorial feedback on my draft. I won’t win this contest but with perseverance, I think I can edit this story into something I can place elsewhere. More importantly, writing this draft was fun. I feel ecstatic and indomitable even though I’m sneezing constantly and dripping mucus like a leaky faucet. Thanks to the support of my amazing spouse who took the Wee Bairn on some strategically timed outings today, I was able to turn a 500 word barely legible start into 10 double-spaced pages of beginning, middle, and end with three words and 30 minutes to spare before the deadline. Cue the heroic music.
It’s nice to know that I can rise to a baffling challenge. I feel more fired up than ever to conquer some of my unfinished works in progress and submit some finished pieces to new places.
What challenges are you rising to lately, dear pond reader? Any big creative plans for 2022?
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