A New Year

Happy New Year!

I’m sorry that I haven’t updated this blog in awhile, but as this new year begins, I am determined to get back to writing six-word stories, and I’m still planning to expand some of them into longer (at least by a little bit) stories as well. Let me know if there are any in particular you would like to see as longer stories.

I hope everyone is having a great start to 2019.

Daily Prompts

I’m really going to miss the one-word daily prompts from the Daily Post, so I’ve decided to start my own daily one-word prompts using this handy random word generator for anyone who might be interested. I’ll post them along with my six-word stories, and anyone who would like to use the prompt can feel free to link back to the post so that everyone can see what others have posted. I will post the first one today, and I will try to continue posting one each morning. There are so many terrific blogs on here, and I hope these prompts can help with inspiration.

I’m also hoping to expand some of those six-word stories into longer stories in the future.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog!

Thinking Too Far Ahead

One problem I have when I’m planning to do something is thinking too far ahead. The constant “what ifs” can get downright ridiculous.

This especially happens for me with writing. I’ll just begin planning a novel, and before you know it, I’m worrying about what other people might think of a novel I haven’t even begun to write yet.

That’s where mindfulness comes in. Why not just take one thing at a time and be right where I am, instead of being far away in a future that might never happen? Thus, both mindfulness and writing are two areas where I want to put in more time. Worrying about possible futures, on the other hand, should take less of my time.

So, today I will aspire to be more mindful, do more writing, and be more mindful about my writing.

Saturday Six-word stories and NaNoWriMo

I enjoy working on six-word stories, so I’m going to try to post one each Saturday. It’s a fun challenge to tell a story in six words.

On the complete opposite side of story word count, I’m starting to plan for this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in November. I didn’t finish last year, but I have a novel idea that I’m excited about, so I’m hopeful I will finish this year.

So, six words and 50,000 words. They’re very different, but I’m looking forward to both writing challenges.

Getting back to writing (again)

When I started this blog, I was hoping to keep writing at least weekly if not daily. However, I tend to go through phases where I write a lot followed by phases where I write very little. Maybe it just depends on what’s going on in my life at the time, but I’m definitely happier when I’m writing.

The question is, how do I keep up the writing on a more regular basis? Writing at around the same time each day helps with making it a habit, but one of my problems is finding the right regular time to write. I’ve been working on a meditation practice, which I usually do in the morning. I find that I have trouble getting up early enough to get both meditation and writing in, though. It might be best for me to write in the evening, but my schedule changes more in the evenings. Or maybe it would be better to just work on getting myself up earlier in the morning. At least weekends are easier.

So, finding the right time to write every day remains a challenge. Still, I’m aiming for my current bout of writing to be more than a phase.