The first week is done! Have you been able to write every day? How did that feel?
If you fell short of the goal, why did that happen? (If you blew off the whole weekend, please read Saturday’s post.) What can you do to guarantee yourself fifteen minutes a day for the rest of the month?
Today’s non-writing activity: examine your July calendar and write down your writing time every day, in pen. If anyone in your household gives you a hard time because you’re writing, just point to the calender and say, “I have to.”
Today’s motivation: this is starting to feel good.
Today’s prompt: Take a noun (lunch box or ladder or bus stop or make up your own) and expand it with three other nouns. Write about a character interacting with these objects EXCEPT (here’s the tricky part) don’t use your usual Point of View. If you usually use the third person POV, write from the first today. If you normally write from the first, today try the third. Also – please have the character be opposite of your gender.
Think of this as yoga for the writer brain. Gentle stretching is good.
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