Day One: 100 Days of Words

Recently I discovered the 100 Day Challenge. Without my consent and with the force of a tidal wave the idea took me over. Whilst I don’t use Instagram, I do use social media and there are #’s for the challenge all over the internet. The idea is not to be perfect, but to be consistent. To form new habits and to expand the boundaries what you believe yourself capable of achieving.

I absolutely adore the simplicity and adaptability of this challenge, so without further adieu, here’s what I’ll be doing for the next 100 days.

The Project

I’m setting myself the challenge of writing two scenes/scenario’s/snippets a day and posting them online. Each day there will be one Erotic and one Non-Erotic scene. The intention of this project is to expand, not only my idea pool but also my own perceptions of what I can and can not write about. My comfort zones, when it comes to writing, are very much biased in a certain direction and I want to push myself. I want to see what I can come up with when the pressure isn’t there to produce a full story. A minimum of 12k is hard to write – especially when it’s not something you are used to – but a few sentences, that I can do.

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Life is Short. Live it.

The last article I wrote was all about my goal of moving to Japan next year as an English Teacher or ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). I wrote about how that goal has given me the impetus to set more short term goals in order to improve myself and my life. It’s given me the kick up the ass that I needed to really focus on something.

What I didn’t really talk about is how that decision has impacted my partner.

During the two weeks following the article quite a few things have happened; but the main thing that I want to talk to you about is what took place between my partner and I. It wasn’t unexpected and happened pretty organically, but it nonetheless highlighted a few key differences in the way we think and how we handle the idea of change, challenge and goal setting.

I’m an Optimist. I always have been.

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200 Words Weekly

This last week has been very productive. My multitude of self imposed 200 words sessions are finally paying off.

I managed a total of around 6k words last week and got my chapter finished. I’m very pleased with myself. I have the plans for the next one to hand and already on the go. I’m having far too much fun to be allowed. It’s at times like this that I’m thankful I’m not religious, guilt free pleasure is the best. Life is good. So, what was there to report from last week?

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200 Word Round-Up

Looking back over my weekly 200 words I’ve actually done quite a bit more than I expected on my story.

I’ve also procrastinated brilliantly. I’m having a little trouble with the last scene I need to write, but I’m going to make headway on it tonight.

Exerts from the week:
In which our hero reads through her diary and figures out what to put into her blog post that won’t spoil her story too much.

Learning All About Writing:

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What I’ve learned from Writing Excuses?


I’ve mainlined 4 seasons of Writing Excuses so far. I’m currently on season 5. So what have I learned?

One. How I write is not wrong.

I knew this deep down already but there was always a little worry at the back of my head that was saying that how I worked was somehow wrong. I don’t have a hugely detailed notebook that has entire character histories in it. Every detail of each scene is not planned out in minute detail…in fact, when I tried this I kind of froze up when it came to the writing. It really surprised me when it happened because every preconceived notion I had about ‘how you should write’ said that the words would just flow from me after I’d planned it all out. I now know why that wasn’t the case.

Apparently I’m a discovery writer.

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200 Word Challenge

 

I have written before about my friends challenge that I write 200 words a day, minimum. I have been doing this with increasing consistency and I have reached the point where I am comfortable enough in the practice that it can bleed across into my website.

Every week, on a Monday, I’ll post here and show you a collection of my random musings and little snippets from the stories I am either working on or write just to get the ideas down on paper for a later date.

Today I will include some snippets from both recent and more distant 200 words for your amusement.

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Magic, Muggles and Disappearing Cars

Muggles May Not Pass

OK, so I’ve decided there’s a portal at the end of our road, platform 9 3/4 style.

Evidence for this theory: 4 cars and a van have now gone down a road, that is a dead end due to road works (and there being a dug up hole in the road to boot) and have not come back.

Conclusion reached: There is a portal we are too mugglish to see and/or find ourselves.

I am sad. I am a muggle. I always hoped I’d end up a witch.

Alas, RIP my childhood dreams.

I can only conclude that these cars are being driven by very cunning witches and wizards because there is no other possible explanation for their disappearance. I hope that the portal is a Harry Potter style one and not like Torchwood. I hope it leads to a better, more wonderful world than ours. Otherwise they will find themselves burning in a dying star or else enslaved by evil alternate universe folks with big guns and scary masks.

Dear UK Mail van driver, I hope you are in a better world. I did go outside to check you weren’t the driver that was delivering our Xmas presents, but you had disappeared. I wish you well, wherever you have gone.

I am now going back to being ill and watching Youtube. Some mysteries, it seems, are not meant to be solved by Muggles.

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Short Story: Soul – We are all searching for something.

Soul

The soul drifted, lost in the vortex.  It knew only absence and loss.  It felt no pain because it lacked any form, but it yearned, oh how it yearned.  It yearned for sensation and for the connection it knew on an instinctual level was possible.  It was so cold and so alone it didn’t understand how it had come to this place nor how to escape it.  Time was its enemy here, it knew.  It just didn’t know how to fight or why the war was even taking place.

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Journal: Words

Words are a thing.

We use them for expressing how we feel, most of the time at least. The problem is, what happens when what you are feeling is so bundled up and curled in upon yourself that you have no words? What happens then? What if you are feeling so much that you are just overwhelmed with it all and want to hide away from everything? What can words do then?

Words become sounds in that situation. They become screams and groans, howls and sobs. They become scrunched up stomach muscles and explosions of tears. They change into confused glances and worried nails, colours and swirling images in your mind. They choke you and cause lumps in your throat that make you have to swallow back what you wanted to say.

They make you hold in the “but I love you’s” and the “please help me’s”.

You have no words when your mind steals them from you. You become your own prison and your own torturer. Nothing can set it right because you have no way of saying what it is that is wrong. After you have kept the words squashed down and captive for a while they start to lose all sense of meaning. They start to become fearful and try to hide away when you begin to feel like you might be able to say something. They skitter like scared little spiders across your brain, into the dark places within your mind. They like the dark places. It’s safe there and they are amongst company that feels the same as they do.

The words become so good at hiding from you that you begin to wonder if they will ever come out. All you can do is cry and scream, and wonder why, why me? Why do I have to feel so much? Why do I have to hurt? Why do I have to love? Why can’t I be free from this? Why won’t the words just come out? Why do I have to be so scared?

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