August Creative Challenge: Recap – life+running

August Creative Challenge: Recap

August 2017 Creative Challenge: Write Every Day

August Creative Challenge: Write Something Every Day

I continued my July Creative Challenge! I set out to re-establish my daily writing habit and fell short of my goal. Supposedly it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so maybe if I can write 21 days in a row I can re-establish my habit of writing every morning. I can try! (Again!)

Goal for this challenge

Literally: write something daily.

How am I measuring “something”?

“Something” means a piece of writing that I review and edit before sending into the world.  This blog post counts (although I don’t do as hard of an edit on my posts as I should…)

Challenge Log

  • August 1 ✅
  • August 2 ✅
    • 100 words: SPOOC (situation, protagonist, objective, opponent, climax) draft for my female lead character in my new LA book draft.
  • August 3  ✅
    • 74 words: SPOOC (situation, protagonist, objective, opponent, climax) draft for my male lead character in my new LA book draft.
  • August 4 
    • Woke up late and didn’t have time to write.
  • August 5
  • August 6
    • Spent the day working on our magazine for work and didn’t have it in me to write.
  • August 7 
    • Woke up late and didn’t have time to write.
  • August 8  ✅
  • August 9  ✅
  • August 10
    • Had to be at a faculty training at 7:45 AM (ughhh thank goodness I’m teaching a night class!), so no way did I write this morning.
  • August 11
    • Made the mistake of checking my work email in the morning after being at out for a faculty training the day before. Instead of writing, I ended up working on work stuff (at 7 in the morning, boo!).
  • August 12 ✅
  • August 13 ✅
    • 200 words: a few versions of copy for a shower invitation.
  • August 14 ✅
  • August 15 ✅
  • August 16 ✅
    • 1500 words: class syllabus for Monday’s class start date.
  • August 17 ✅
  • August 18 ✅
  • August 19 ✅
  • August 20
    • Was up and running (literally) and out the door for a full day of stuff and didn’t stop until my head hit the pillow.
  • August 21 ✅
  • August 22
  • August 23
  • August 24
  • August 25
  • August 26
  • August 27 ✅
    • 150 words: this recap post.
  • August 28
  • August 29 ✅
    • 350 words: Project statement for the class I’m teaching.
  • August 30 ✅
    • 400 words: Class rubric for said project.
  • August 31 ✅
    • 100 words: Finishing touches on this post (and maybe writing the post for next month’s challenge?).

What worked well this week…

Um, nothing? We finally launched our website at work. I was exhausted from the stress (of that, moving to our house, and starting a new teaching job all at once), so I slept in and read instead of writing these last few days.

Overall, what should I work on if I want to continue my writing habit?

I do pretty well during the week if I stick to my schedule and have something to work on. When work gets busy (or when I move and start a new job while work is busy…), I don’t have energy to write in the morning. I don’t like staring at a screen when I get home because it messes with my sleep, so I need to write in the AM (or at least before 5 PM).

I didn’t finish my unfinished blog post drafts, so I can keep working on those for now. Once I finish those, I should edit one of my reviewed pieces (probably my Tokens of Kindness book). I plan to continue working on my writing habit now that I’m writing on more days(ish) than not.

I think next month calls for a meditation challenge…


Love on ya, chimes

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