The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – September 18

2021 Daily Writing Challenge Q2

I’ve been a horrible person. I haven’t been updating and sharing my writing result here with all of you. That’s because I’ve been distracted by, obsessed with, totally focused on the work required by my online course. This week, I finished all the modules, completed and submitted one massive assignment, and almost finished another ginormous homework task. I also filled an 80-page notebook with handwritten notes for the class lessons, read and took more notes on two reference books, drew multiple pictures of a fortress, and began creating a map for my story world.

This spurt of work happened because last week, I dared to create an ambitious writing goal. I didn’t hold myself back and set absurd expectations, colossal amounts of daily work, and an unreasonable deadline. I am close to being on schedule. Because I have burnt myself in the past with my over-zealous tendencies, I built in weekly catch-up days and time for relaxing. Once I deploy my built-in buffer, I will be exactly where I intended to be. I’m so excited.

Another To-Do List task is ordering and integrating a new keyboard into my system. The space bar on my laptop is sticking, which means I often have no spaces between my words as I type. Talk about a royal pain in the patootie. It is ok since my To-Do List has a task for me to rework my office setup. In my dream setup, I will have two big screens — ok, who am I kidding? I would love to have a big boy 49-inch curved screen monitor. When you’re dreaming, you might as well dream big. But for now, an ergonomic wireless keyboard (with a spacebar that doesn’t stick) would restore my typing speed into my normal 80 WPM range. If I hope to keep meeting my deadlines, I’m going to need it.

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 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – September 11

2021 Daily Writing Challenge Q2

Yesterday I took a break. Friday nights are a good excuse for taking a break, don’t you agree? Instead of working on my course, I read another book on my instructor’s suggested reading list and reviewed three of the lessons I need to tackle next. Then I sharpened my pencil, pulled out my calendar, and created an ambitious writing goal. Maybe ambitious is the wrong word. Aggressive beyond belief, absurd, impossible, or unreasonable might be better terms for the insane agenda I’ve mapped for myself.

But it is also exciting. Thinking about what I am trying to accomplish gives me goosebumps. Who wants to live life in mediocrity? Not me, that’s for sure. The next ten days should provide me with enough data to determine if my plan is even remotely feasible. I think it might be, and I and eager to try. Henry Ford once said, “Whether You Think You Can, or Think You Can’t — You’re Right.” I think I can, and I hope I am right.

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 236 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer