Dear 31-minute challenge participants! We did it! You did it! Dear winners — I am so proud of you!!!
Or — maybe you almost did it! I am proud of you anyway.
What matters is, all month long, all of you’ve been writing away! Pushing yourselves, exploring, keeping your commitment to something that matters to you. How can I not say, “Congratulations?”
Way to kick off 2013!
My first month of the year has gone by incredibly fast. Yes, every single day I have made sure to write, or work toward my writing in some significant way. Planning counted, so did writing critical essays exploring the craft, analyzing other books carefully and even attending lectures during my Vermont College of Fine Arts residency. But as I told you before, I’ve been doing this — this writing-every-single-day-for-at-least-half-an-hour-plus no matter what happens for about nine months at least.
What have I learned? What have I accomplished? Will I continue?
I have learned mostly things I already knew, like how quickly the time can go when you’re working uninterrupted. How cheap these 31-minutes can be, and at the same time, how precious. Fragile too, if you aren’t careful, easily squandered.
It’s hard to talk about accomplishments for me this month. December was dedicated to finishing things — a new draft, a first round of revision. This January was more about starting, breaking out, experimenting, taking flight.
Finally, will I continue?
I am surprised to be saying hmmmm…..
Here is what I love about daily writing, weekends, vacations and all: it keeps me in touch with my core. It keeps me working. The word count grows. Why hesitate then? Well…. Sometimes I wonder: what would happen if I took a weekend off? Or just one day? I wonder if the space of a day might allow my brain the rest it occasionally needs, might allow my family to claim me more completely. And if that might, in the end, result in me coming back to my writing from a fresher, less automated, more honest place.
I don’t know. Just wondering.
What do you think? What have you guys learned? What have you accomplished? Will you continue? Will any of you organize this sort of challenge on your own blogs next year?
Talk to me!
Remember, if you did skip a single day, or more, and haven’t yet let me know, do so now please, either here in the comments, or via email at katiawrites (at) gmail (dot) com. I will draw the name of the winner of the giveaway part of the challenge on Monday!
Thanks again, all of you, for doing this with me. You guys made it great!
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