My lovely readers:

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m finally ready to change. I’m a start-and-stop writer. I can leave a document open on my computer for days and still suffer from creative constipation. Usually, I believe I can’t write unless I feel inspired and if I force myself to write my whole love of writing will come crashing down on my head.

What have I gotten myself into?

What have I gotten myself into?

I have never been good with self-imposed deadlines. When I was in college, I would think, “Okay, I have to have this much of this paper written before I watch the next six episodes of The X-Files.” This never happened. I always gave into Agents Mulder and Scully. If I’m not feeling it, I won’t do it. Which is probably why I have such a hard time seeing stories to at least one completed draft.

However, I completely envy people who can develop a schedule and write every day. My mom’s dentist says it takes twenty days to develop a habit. Well I may not floss as often as I should, but I’m at least going to try writing every day for the whole month of July.

Because I fail at being engaged with the online writing community at-large, I just found out at 10pm on June 20 that the Clarion West Write-a-Thon starts on June 23. Registration ends June 22. So I want you to be able to do the Clarion West Write-a-thon if you can. I don’t think I can. I need this extra week to get my act together.

So I’m going to do my own personal July Writing Challenge. First of all, the last week of June is going to be professionally stressful for me. But more importantly, my work is getting workshopped on July 1. Workshop usually puts me in a writing mood, so I think this is going to be a successful place to start an experiment such as this.

I want my July Writing Challenge to be primarily completion-and-revision-based. Not that long ago, I made a list of how many projects I know I have left unfinished. Ideally, I would work on these. But I have to build in some leeway to disallow myself from crashing and burning the one day I come home dead-tired from my day job and decide just to go to bed as soon as I can. So this challenge is going to have an emphasis on completion/revision, but the main theme is “Just Freakin Write Something Every Day.” If I’m frustrated with the pages I’ve been working on, I’ll find an exercise and complete that.

No matter what.

No matter what.

Public accountability is something I struggle with, so I’ll be posting to the forum about my progress daily. If you’re a Clarion West refugee, too, and you want to join me, I will support you. If you’re like me and are so over writing in spurts, post to the forum with me. If you already write every day, post to the forum anyway and I will stroke your ego and take all your advice for how to keep writing on the daily. I will be posting weekly updates to the blog so if I ever fall short I invite you to ridicule me in the comments.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go floss my teeth and think about plot structure.

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