The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – May 17

2021 Daily Writing Challenge Q2

The first half of May has already delivered an astounding basketful of surprises, unexpected opportunities, and exciting developments. For the first sixteen days, my blank pages contain very few freshly minted words—translation—none, zip, zilch, nada. But when fortune’s favor smiled on me and offered a rare chance to unplug, unwind, and decompress for two entire weeks, I jumped. I don’t regret my decision. It’s a familiar tale. We don’t realize we need a break until we pack our bags and get the hell out of Dodge.

However, a vacation, sabbatical, leave of absence, or time off is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Responsibilities do not disappear. Bills require payment, obligations hold their bond, and promises must be kept. Few commitments are more important than the ones we make with ourselves. The face in the mirror knows when we make excuses, attempt to rationalize our decisions or lie. The same image is also kind, caring, and recognizes the truth in our words. I try my hardest to ensure I don’t disappoint my biggest supporter.

Each month, I average about 12,000 written words, and I have a similar expectation for this month. Feeling rested, recharged, and full of ideas, I’m betting I can reach my goal by writing 800 words every day through the end of the month. I’m ready. Are you?

Did you write yesterday?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

11 thoughts on “The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – May 17

  1. Wow, 800 words a day. That’s quite a goal although when one stops to think about it, 800 words a day is only 50 words more than the 750 words a day I used to do. Or one could break it down to “I will write 3 + pages a day (the average page being 250 words). In other words, whatever gets the job done! Guess I need to practice what you preach. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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    • Hey Irwin. Breaking it down is always a great start. It normally takes me about an hour to spit-ball, compose, and edit 250-300 words. To reach my 800 word target, I’m dropping the editing portion and letting my fingers and the muse take me where they want to go. Happy writing my friend. 😊🖋


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