Wednesday, 11 February 2015

February Challenge

I’ve decided to go back to basics for February as I wanted to make this month really count as far as my writing is concerned.

After a day of work, tied to a computer screen, I don’t always feel inspired to switch on the laptop when I get home, so I’ve decided to get out my notebook and start filling up the pages instead.

Now, I’m a big lover of buying notebooks  and as the pile of freshly printed paper is building, it’s about time I started to use them and I’m finding that the whole pen to paper way of letting my words out is a hugely satisfying process.

I’ve set myself a challenge throughout February to write a minimum of 500 words each day.  That might not sound a lot, but after a long period of editing rather than writing I am pleased that every day I am now producing something new.

I know it’s probably quicker to write direct to the screen as I am a fast typist, but I’m just glad that already this month I have written two new stories and am onto my third.

Obviously it will take time to type up the first drafts and edit them but I’m feeling really inspired.  And the good thing is that I can pick up my notebook whenever I have a few spare minutes and just carry on for however long I have. I’ve even managed to complete some of my word count on the bus to work. 

Now I just have to keep generating the ideas so that I can carry on writing for the rest of the month.


  1. Good idea, good luck with it. I've found it much easier to write first drafts with pen and paper, probably because I'm not a very fast typist. The ideas flow easier when I'm only thinking about what to write - not how to write. But I use cheap pads of lined A4. I've got some lovely, posh notebooks, mostly given to me as presents, but I don't want to spoil them with all the scribbles and crossings out that come with first drafts!

  2. I know what you mean, I use old exam paper which was surplus to requirement from my old job. But I do like a nice notebook to carry around with me too, and as I can't resist buying notebooks, I feel obliged to use them up too!

  3. Well done you! Writing 500 words a day is fab, and you don't have to sit in front of a computer screen to do it either.

  4. Thanks Rena, I'm actually quite amazed by how much I've managed to produce by doing a bit each day. Just now got to keep the ideas flowing!