July Creative Challenge: Week 1 Check-in – life+running

July Creative Challenge: Week 1 Check-in

Creative Challenge: Write Every Day. July 2017. lifeplusrunning.com

July Creative Challenge: Write Something Every Day

Goals for this challenge

This one is literal: write something every day.

How will I measure “something”?

Just that. Write something.

Challenge log

  • July 1 (Oops! I hadn’t picked a challenge yet, so this day doesn’t count, right?)
  • July 2 ✅
    • 2,007 words—a sketch for a new(ish) project: LA time-traveling romance.
    • My original idea was three things mashed into one, so I’ve separated the three ideas into three potential stories and am writing each. I mentioned that I separated the original idea into two stories. Neither of those versions included time travel and as I worked on each, I realized I wanted to try writing time travel.
    • Here’s the new project synopsis: An engineer in her mid-30s decides it’s time for a change—she’s tired of her 9-5 and the never-ending buzz of the city. Against her brother’s advice, she leaves her life in Chicago and heads to Los Angeles to pen the book she’s dreamed of writing. She stays at Hotel Cecil hoping that its infamous history will inspire her work. There, she meets an idiosyncratic man whose interest in her research is flattering but almost unnerving. He accompanies her on her investigation where she uncovers an unlikely story that’s undeniably not just a legend.
  • July 3 ✅
  • July 4 
    • 400 words: Wedding Wednesday: Jessica Invite blog post
    • Taking this writing challenge as an opportunity to blast through my unfinished drafts!
  • July 5
  • July 6 ✅
    • 250 words: Letter from male lead to female lead.
    • NaNoWriMo Camp challenge—write something in the voice of one of your characters. 
  • July 7 ✅
    • 850 words: Phone conversation between female lead and her brother.
    • NaNoWriMo Camp challenge—write something in the voice of (another) one of your characters. 
  • July 8  ✅
    • 1110 words: 11 character sketches for new book.
    • Whoa! I’ve heard authors say that their characters “come to the fire” and become more vivid as you write, but I have never experienced this. I usually have a decent idea of who my main characters are (usually 2 people), but not like this. I have a vivid idea of a whole cast of characters and can imagine conversations between them that aren’t solely for plot. 
  • July 9 ✅
    • 270 words: Wedding Wednesday: Erika Invite blog post
  • July 10 ✅
    • 400 words: Today’s check-in blog post.
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What I need to work on this week

I need to write (story) on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. I haven’t written any story—just prep work. I normally discovery write my first drafts and plan a plot for a revised draft from that. This project is sort of a third draft of a discovery-written project.  So instead of discovery writing a draft of this new project, I’m planning. I am trying new things: the 8-point plot arc method and writing character sketches. I also need to do more research because one of my characters is traveling forward in time from the 40s to now. I based that character on a real person (bet you can’t guess who) so I have a better idea of what things in our present-day world he might and might not like/understand. But I still need to know more about the landscape of the 40s in LA.

Love on ya, chimes

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