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.
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.
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!
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.