As of Wednesday, I’ve resumed participating in a web-group called 750 Words. It’s a site promoting the free-writing of 750 words every day. There are virtual “prizes,” badges, etc., for different levels of participation, which is good for the competitive types. I’m one, but MUCH more so with people I know, so since I don’t know anyone on this site, I’m not motivated to “beat” anyone—those in my Shared Words writing group can attest to how a am about THAT!
I’ve started 750 Words a couple times now, but didn’t keep with it—kind of like blogging. I stopped the first time because I didn’t feel like I was getting anything from it. Last fall I did it during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), plus a couple weeks beyond, and I found it very satisfying and productive. I forgot about it one day last December, then hurried to try to get my words done before midnight, but I didn’t make it. When I lost my 100% participation for that month, I just let it slide, intending to start up again in January, but it never happened. I’ve thought of restarting several other times, but have always remembered a couple days into a new month, and if I wasn’t going to get the whole month, I figured I’d wait for the next one. This time I started toward the end of a month, hoping that by the time the new month starts I’ll be well into the habit and will keep with it. I have a streak of four days so far.
Doing that kind of forced free-writing seems to unlock things for me, in me. It also kind of gives me a jump-start to writing every day, and I think I write more during the rest of the day when I start off with 750 Words. I stopped keeping a journal a couple years ago—I still have NO idea why I stopped, but I haven’t been able to get back to it—but I’m hoping doing the 750 words each day will help get me back into that as well. I miss it, so why don’t I do it again…? Hmmm… At least it will assure that I’m writing EVERY day.
Hopefully the THIRD time WILL be the charm for 750 Words! We’ll see, and I’ll keep you posted. Maybe some of you would even enjoy it. Just do a google search for “750 Words” and you’ll get the site.