Late last night, as I wrote my ROW80 check-in blog, I came up with the idea of One Thousand Thursday. It’s quite easy really, One thousand words written on Thursday. As soon as I had it, I realised how brilliant it is, and that I need to start doing it every week. You know how I love a challenge.
So tonight, I’m attempting to write 1,000 words. It’s not easy: I left work later than I planned to; Then I walked most of the way home; Then I had dinner; Then, once I turned on the laptop, I had to surf Facebook, Twitter, blogs, everything, anything.
Then of course, I had to decide what to write. I’m not writing my novel now, I’m going to read it to decide what direction to take it, so I had to find something else. I remembered Fiction Friday that I used to love (I love writing from prompts, in fact, I can pretty much only write from prompts – except novels, they’re always my ideas), until it stopped. I saw a while ago the ex-owners of Fiction Friday have a new home, Write Anything, and a new prompt type thing, Prompted, so I went there.
I cheated. I looked at a few prompts and decided I couldn’t get anything from them, so moved on. Maybe not cheating, but in my eyes it’s cheating! I shouldn’t have done it, I should have written from the first one I saw.
I got to like the fourth or fifth, and found one I liked: He tied the towel around his neck, a makeshift superhero cape and pulled a pair of red underpants over his jeans. How awesome is that. Especially because I imagine it to be a 5-year-old kid, but actually when I wrote, I made it a 30 odd year old man. Brilliant.
I got to 400 and realised 1,000 words is a lot, I was struggling, but I pushed through. Then, before I knew it, I was at 557. Then I made the mistake of stopping. Tweeting, chatting to my boyfriend, and writing this. I wanted to go to bed at 11pm, but I’ve got another 443 words to write, and it’s 3 miuntes to. And, now this to edit. Ah. Maybe I’ll go to bed by 12.
I’ll update when I finish, because I KNOW I’ll finish. I can’t fail at my own challenge can I?
Do you like the idea of One Thousand Thursday (#OneThouThur on Twitter)? Wanna join in? (if you’ve got time ‘today’ that is – obviously no Aussies, or British can apply) I’m going to have it again next week – that will keep pushing me to write won’t it – so if you want to join in let me know. I’ll give you a push on your blog or twitter…
Oh on a last note, if this blog was the fiction I have to write today, I would have hit 1,000 about 20 words ago. Sigh.
*Add on Alert*
I did it, in fact, once I got back into it, I really did it. I’m the proud owner of 1123 words today. WOOP!