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.
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 ✅
- 450 words: July Creative Challenge blog post
- July 4 ✅
- 400 words: Wedding Wednesday: Jessica Invite blog post
- Taking this writing challenge as an opportunity to blast through my unfinished drafts!
- 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: Week 1 check-in post.
- July 12 ✅
- 270 words: Wedding Wednesday: Jordan Invite blog post
- July 13 ✅
- 370 words: Plot nuggets and additions to character sketches
- July 15 ✅
- 90 words: End paragraph of Week 2 Check-in post
July 16 July 17 July 18
- July 19 ✅
- 187 words: First draft of end paragraph of Week 3 Check-in post. I can predict the future: probably not going to have time to write much else this month.
- 344 words: New house illustration post.
July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
- July 29 ✅
- 800 words: An email to Jen Kirkman’s podcast about a hilarious annoying encounter with a “my-opinion-is-fact” person that I had last week. Spoiler alert: the opinion was wrong—facts win again!
- July 30 ✅
- 250 words: Review of Fangirl on Goodreads.
- July 31 ✅
- 640 words: review of a friend’s latest draft of a chapter.
Oops! What I learned during this challenge…
I set out to make writing part of my routine again but learned that if I want to make writing part of my routine, I must stick to my routine. From July 20 on my routine was out the window—we closed on our house on July 20 and moved. I actually didn’t have my laptop unpacked for almost a full week, which was nice, actually.
I’m going to continue this challenge for August to see if I can re-establish my writing routine during a normal month instead of a month of chaos. 15/31 days isn’t awful considering all that was happening in July. I could have written a lot last week, which was how I planned to finish my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, but I decided it wasn’t worth it and unpacked and rested instead.