750 Words

Bonnie wrote about 750 Words in one of her Slice of Life Story Challenge posts over the summer.  I immediately signed up and got excited about writing (essentially) three pages every day.  I did well, but then I had to go out of town for a speaking engagement.  The hotel had internet, but my computer couldn’t pick up their wireless signal.  I was defeated after missing a day.  I thought about starting again when I returned home, but we were going on a “no computer” family vacation a few days later, so I realized starting the 750 Words again would be futile.

On Monday morning, my uncle and I were on the phone and he asked me what I was working on (as a writer).  While I told him I wrote every day, I didn’t have a concrete project I have been truly working on (unless you want to count raising a literate human being as a concrete project) to tell him about.  Everything I’ve been writing has been on a private family blog and has been devoted to preserving memories about the things my daughter does on a daily basis.  Certainly there’s a lot of fodder there for a children’s picture book (or several), but I felt slightly ashamed I couldn’t tell him about an article I was writing or a book project I had in the works.  With a new sense of determination, I went online to 750 Words that night and started writing on there again.

Today is the fourth consecutive day I wrote, in October, on 750words.com.

In nine minutes flat I had my 750 words written.  My entry meandered from topic to topic, but hey, it was a start.  When I finished my entry, I looked at my stats and got excited.  Then, I clicked around the site a bit more and found The 750 Words One Month Writing Challenge.  Since we are already halfway through with October, I immediately signed myself up for the November Challenge.  I didn’t really give it a lot of thought.  However, if I miss a day, my name goes on a “Wall of Shame.”  I decided to further punish myself hold myself accountable by agreeing to write a post about why I missed a day on this blog if I miss a day of writing my 750 words in November.  That’s going to sting if that happens, so I figure I will be writing daily.

I’ve decided to use my 750 words/day to capture a lot of the stories and picture book ideas that have been swirling around in my head for the past year.  I’ve been talking about writing a picture book for about five years… it’s time for me to actually do it.  While being a wife, a mother, and a part-time literacy consultant doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to work on writing projects, I decided that it’s time for me to stop making excuses and to start writing a lot again.

My Challenge Contract

Have you used 750 Words?  If so, please share a bit about your experience with the site with me.  If you haven’t used it, and you want to light a fire under yourself to do more writing, then please check out the site and consider signing up!