I’m super excited about starting the #writingexcuseschallenge on Friday! It’s going to be the perfect way to get me to sit and write for 62 days!
I haven’t heard from anyone else who is doing this challenge. But, that’s not such a big deal. I’m mostly just doing this for me and my books. I wanted to share it with everyone else, just because. It might be fun!
So, I’ve thrown the gauntlet, I don’t know if anyone else has, but I guess I’m just gonna do it. Starting April 1st, for 52 days, I will do one of the prompts from each Writing Excuses Season 10 episode. Just go through it. They call it a master class, that means I should be a master by the time I’m done right? No? That’s not what it means? Well… crap.
I myself am going to be editing my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel, which I just published the second draft on WattPad this morning. That monster is currently 62,000 words and is going through a major plot and metaphor overhaul. As in, I’m changing EVERYTHING including adding and changing an entire trial/fail cycle.
I’m planning on doing that in 10 days. With an 8 month old. Feel free to laugh at my insanity and send me pity chocolate.
If you’re wondering what you should do before April 1st, edit a book, start a blog, follow me on Twitter @zoe_queen_peril or on WattPad @maureenllomond. Or, you can edit your book, listen to some Writing Excuses podcasts, or pick a story you want to edit during the 52 week #writingexcuseschallenge.
Read up on what all this is- https://maureenllomond.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/writing-excuses-challenge/
Get the Schedule!- https://maureenllomond.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/writingexcuseschallenge-april-schedule/
I’m not sure how long this format will be relevant, if I’m completely honest. I think even three years ago, a blog would have had a better chance taking off than it does now. I think that anyone would have a much easier time taking off with a vlogging channel on YouTube than they would writing a text blog on a hosting site.
With all of that in mind, I’m starting a blog anyway. Now. In 2016. Not in 2003 or even 2006, when blogs were THE hot thing. Now it’s Snapchat and Vine; not even Facebook and Twitter are taking off as fast as those formats anymore. And those are the old hat. What’s next? What’s the next big thing?Not gaming channels, everyone and their dog has one of those. Not Twitch; same thing as the gaming channels, there. Even Periscope is burnt out. No one is doing that anymore. That was a fun toy for all of three seconds and now we’re just playing with the box and wrapping paper, thank you.
All this to say, I don’t know what I’m thinking, starting to pour out the words in my brain into an outdated format. Maybe I can post some lazy vlogs here, too. I’ll do some writing prompts. Maybe game reviews, recipes, who knows? Book reviews would be a good idea, too. Don’t expect makeup tutorials, that’s just not gonna happen. Have you seen me? Oh…
I’m a writer, and a sarcastic one at that. I look to writers like Terry Pratchett and Anthony Bourdain for style and humour reference. Don’t take anything I do too seriously, unless it has something to do with food. That I don’t mess around with, too serious.
I’d like to write with a bit more, purpose. I suppose that’s the biggest thing. Just purpose. It’s important that it has a bit more purpose than being “Mommy”. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a full-filling full-time job. Love being a mom. But I’ve gone far too long with no writing in my life. I love my son, but I need something else. And as the Dowager countess once said” [I] am a perfectly capable young woman with adequate means and intellect. Stop whining and find something to do.” I love Downton Abbey, don’t judge.
In the end, my intention is to just write. No matter who reads or if anyone reads. I just want to make sure I have something out there.
I’ve got an idea, bear with me.
Take the Season 10 masterclass and turn it into NaNoWriMo.
Today, I’m catching up on Writing Excuses podcasts. It’s hard to listen to any podcast when you have a small infant, much less do the writing prompts. Now the varmint has graduated to rug-rat, I find myself with time to write. It seems to be a fairly safe activity for me while the small one does his thing. Not too loud, so I can make sure he doesn’t eat any hair accessories or bleach.
While listening, I decided to go through each of the writing prompts from Season 10, taking one every day. It seems fairly insane, insane enough to be right up my alley! Then, I though to myself, why keep all the fun to myself?
So, join me! Starting April 1st, we are going to do this! Do one of the prompts each day from the Master Class, Season 10. Tweet it out and spread the word! #writingexcuseschallenge
I’ll be posting the results of my prompts right here!