The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – October 8

2021 Daily Writing Challenge

Yikes. How is it already the end of the week? My fingers are itching to do nothing more than sit and type away on my keyboard. They hear my muse calling, issuing her precise instructions, and they have long since learned to heed the siren’s demands. Damn responsibilities. They get in the way of everything worthwhile. I will cave, I know it. I can feel it in my bones. It reminds me of a quote.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ― George Orwell.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 159 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – October 7

2021 Daily Writing Challenge

I spent most of last week with a big push to finish the assignments for my class. I must admit it was fun focusing on nothing other than writing. But it also meant real-life responsibilities suffered, and this week, therefore, I spent my “extra” hours correcting my previous inattention. Yesterday was also a family member’s birthday, and I am happy to report, everyone had a good time. Now that things have returned to a dull roar, I am eager to return to a more balanced routine.

There is a small voice in my head urging me to reevaluate my idea of “balance.” The voice may be small, but it hides a lot of strength. I discovered a ten-ton weight resting on the writing side of the scales.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 0 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – October 5

2021 Daily Writing Challenge

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.”
― Carl Sagan

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – October 3

2021 Daily Writing Challenge

Life distracted me this past week—with writing. My chaotic life has not slowed, and neither have the unexpected events that seem to plague me. A water main broke, leaving us stranded and without water early Friday morning. The crew worked the entire day. They fixed it around 3 PM, only to have another section about 20 feet away burst. They were troopers, though, and worked through the night. I woke Saturday to the wonders of hot running water and indulged in the joy of a warm shower.

Supply chain nightmares are also vexing my existence. At the beginning of August, I ordered a large piece of furniture for a family member with a 30-day lead time. In September, I received a notice that they damaged one box in shipment, and they were sending for a replacement. They agreed to hold the order until all four boxes were deliverable. Last week, they contacted me again. The replacement piece arrived, and they assured me they were delivering four cartons. So, we scheduled a delivery window. The truck showed up with three of the four boxes. I have spent countless hours on the phone attempting to locate box number four. This week, the saga continues. Is it any wonder I’ve had migraines this week?

Despite those time-sucking challenges, the writing portion of my life is going well. I finished and submitted my final assignment for my online course, and I started working on the draft of Book One. I completed almost 14 pages for just over 4,000 words this week. You can’t imagine how nervous I was to submit those fresh (mostly unedited) words for review. But I shouldn’t have worried. They loved the story and offered insightful and oh so helpful comments on the work. Yippee. This week I hope to incorporate their suggestions, perform a little light editing, and proceed. Yesterday, I took a break. This week, it’s full steam ahead.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 0 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – September 24

2021 Daily Writing Challenge Q2

Yesterday, I made more slow progress towards finishing my final homework assignment. At least with a decent night’s sleep under my belt, I felt better able to concentrate, and I didn’t need to wonder about the meaning of the sentence I just finished reading. Hooray for minor victories. Another small win happened with the delivery of my new keyboard. I can’t wait for the weekend to dedicate a block of time to integrate my new toy into my setup. Imagine the joy of not needing to worry about a sticking space bar. I can feel my word count increasing exponentially.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 605 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer