So, it took more than 30 days as some days were missed, but I managed 30 days and had some lovely feedback from many of the entries. Thank you to everyone who liked, commented, or even shared any of my pieces. If you missed any, go check them all out now! Some are thirty second reads! Now that they are all done, let me know which your favourites were!
For the most part, all of my prompts were assigned to me. There were a couple of days in which I didn’t have any prompts so took my inspiration from a couple of blogs which regularly check out- I’m looking at your Brian Legeose and Tinkrr – I am a big fan of the fact that you share back inspiration for other writers! It has inspired me to want to do the same. As someone who has always really struggled to get the muse to descend to my level, having prompts is massive help! People who check in on my site regularly may have noticed that I have started posting writing prompts twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. There have been a couple of these that I know have been taken up- my favourite so far must be Chris Hewitt’s amazing effort! If you use any, share them back to me because I love seeing where you go with them!
In my day-to-day life I write numerous articles for various blogs and websites for a living. These are very often business, technology, or lifestyle related and I often write several thousand words a day. There can be a bit of a potential for creative burnout involved, especially when the subject matter gets repetitive. Completing these daily challenges has been a great opportunity to sharpen my pencil and add a bit of colour into my writing. I have often found that by breaking up my writing day with one of these challenges means that the content that I go on to create after that flows better and is more enjoyable to read. These challenges have helped me professionally, as well as creatively.
I’ve been writing now in one form or another for over twenty years, this started out with songwriting for a band that I was in and then moved onto writing plays. I have had a number of these scripts brought to life, and I have also performed by own work at the Edinburgh Fringe. I have a masters degree in Scriptwriting. For the last six months my main source of income has been my writing. Yet despite all of these things, I have always lacked the confidence to share my writing. I have stacks of notebooks, and folders full of work that has never seen the light of the day because I am far too critical of my own writing to share it a lot of the time. Having people give me some amazing feedback to some of these challenges has really helped build up my confidence- so I would like to offer up my genuine thanks to anyone who has supported me.
This writing challenge has now morphed into a writing collaboration challenge. You may have already read the first few entries. I am also stunned at the response I have had for these. I currently have a large number of emails with work to go up. These range from poems of just a few words, through to chapters from high concept novels, and even a memoir excerpt. Many of these are really going to push me in my writing and I hope that I do justice to the amazing writers who have already got in touch. I am aiming to post two a week of these. Please drop me an email if you want to get involved as I will be running this indefinitely.
For anyone who is ever struggling to find the motivation or inspiration to write, I thoroughly recommend setting yourself a similar challenge to this. I know that it is something that I would like to do again in the not too distant future. I am thoroughly tempted by the prospect of writing 50,000 words over the course of November and being part of the NaNoWriMo challenge, but at the moment my writing for work can be circa 120,000 words a month I worry that much more time spent at the laptop will make me slightly more odd than I already am. Good luck to everyone who is doing it this time around, and maybe I will join your ranks next year.