I have a confession to make. I have not been working on my story of late. I do have almost a good reason for it though. (Note that I said “almost”; I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s a valid excuse or not.)
There’s been the usual life things that we all battle to fit our writing around – friends, family, renovations, illness, etc. My husband and I went to Newfoundland for a week, which I am counting as a research trip as I got lots of inspiration for a new picture book.
However, the main reason I’ve not been working on my story has been a more conscious decision. At the end of August, I came across Tim Clare’s Couch to 80k Writing Bootcamp. It’s a free 8 week program via podcast to help you kickstart your creativity. It’s full of little exercises that slowly build up your writing muscles toward writing your novel. Several members of my writing group thought it looked like fun, so we decided to do it together.
Aside from the often frequent swearing, I’ve been enjoying the bootcamp. The daily exercises have challenged me and show me different ways of tackling my writing. The only downside is that Tim recommends not doing any writing outside of the exercises, at least nothing that could count as “real” writing. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it has left me feeling quite guilty at neglecting my story. We timed the course so that its end would line up with the start of NaNoWriMo, as it would be a good natural progression for the daily writing habit we have developed over the course of the bootcamp.
I’m looking forward to really diving into this story that has been growing since the start of September. I think there’s enough of it to get me through the 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo. But I am still feeling guilty about neglecting my other story so I’m going to attempt to reach 50,000 words on that one too. A bit ambitious? Most definitely. But then, I’ve always enjoyed a good challenge.