If you frequent my blog at all, you may have noticed a rash of recent stories being posted. I’m not normally one to post pieces to my blog (publishers who don’t accept “previously published” stories often consider posting on a blog to be previously published).
But for the Story-A-Day challenge, I decided to go ahead and post the stories. The challenge is all about writing – regardless of how good the writing is, whether or not it could ever be published, etc. It’s about getting into a habit of writing. Constantly. Every day. If only a ‘twitter fiction.’
The challenge has been thrilling for me. Like any writer, I have often struggled with long bouts of writer’s block. It’s horrible. Like you can feel all these words swirling inside your chest – but there’s no way to let them out. You stare at the blank paper, or screen, for hours. Type a few words. Erase them. Scribble a line. Cross it out. And there’s no relief – not until you finish a story. It’s half the reason I write!
I didn’t think the challenge would go well when I first started it. To be honest, I wasn’t completely committed at first. I decided to ‘give it a try.’ Just to see how things went.
This morning the prompt didn’t really inspire me. I didn’t know what I was going to write about. But as I was making dinner tonight, it just kind of…came to me. Thoughts tumbling together until I had to run to the living room and start typing away on my laptop. Was it my best story? Nope. Definitely not. But it’s a story. It’s written down. I feel peaceful because I completed the challenge. Because I wrote.
So if you haven’t ever heard of the challenge and need a good method to get you out of the writer’s block rut – check Story-A-Day out. I could not be happier with the challenge. As an awesome bonus, there’s a neat little community on the website where authors constantly keep each other encouraged and read each others’ stories.
So thanks for stopping by. I just thought I’d explain what was going on with my recent story postings. I hope you’ll stop in often and let me know what you think of the pieces I throw on the blog.
~Alexis A. Hunter