Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for Zero

Today is my last day of blogging through the alphabet with the many others participating in the 2014 A to Z Challenge. It has been fun and, as the name implies, challenging. We've blogged daily--except for Sunday. I'm glad the end has come but I'm sad too. I always enjoy putting my thoughts down with no pre-planning. Something about spontaneous writing the morning of, proves to me that I CAN write every day. I need to make myself do it.

Today is Z day and I've chosen Zero for absolutely Zero words toward fiction writing. Ever since we started thinking about renovation, I've been unable to worm any creativity out of my mind toward my novels. Okay, I did write a 700 word mini-mystery, and I have met my NF deadlines. I guess that counts. But the novels are on the hard drive, exactly the way they were when we moved back home from Oklahoma last August. That's embarrassing. And pathetic!

Time marches on. Hair gets grayer. Mind gets slower. Fingers become more arthritic.

Zero writing progress.

Zero sounds like such a nothing state of mind.

I've decided to pretend this A to Z Challenge is never-ending, and write at least 500 words a day on a new project. (Once I start, I can write for hours so maybe more than 500?) New projects are exciting. They energize us, don't they? Once they're embedded in our mind, they're all we think about. Plotting, planning, naming characters, working out the conflict.

Keep your fingers cross for me.

Down with Zero productivity--for all of us!

Tell me what you plan to do now that you aren't A to Z-ing any more. Rest? Dive into a new project? Finish an old one?  Share with us.

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The A to Z Challenge is the brainchild of Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out. Every year there are hundreds and hundreds of participants. This year 2018 bloggers signed up.  There's some mighty good reading on these blogs. Check them out!

9 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad I got back from grading to catch your final post in this series. Amazing discipline you have.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Thanks Charles. Wish I had discipline when it comes to my books.

Bonnie Gwyn said...

Yay! We made it! :) Congrats on crossing the finish line.
I plan to finish the novel I was supposed to finish by today ... well, that was my personal goal anyway. I'm still a few thousand words away. :) Back to work!
Where Legends Begin

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Jessie, it was great meeting you through the challenge and getting to know you well. Hope to be in touch in future too.

melaniegobledvm said...

Now that I will not be researching and writing, I hope to actually learn some Mongolian before I leave on my mission trip in July. Hmm...perhaps I should have used the Mongolian alphabet for the blog challenge so that I could have learned something! Other than that, working will again take up the majority of my time and maybe reading some books (although I did read the Divergent trilogy and about 20 other books this month as well).

TaMara Sloan said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! Now that the challenge is over, I want to write at least 3 posts a week.

BECKY said...

Hi Jess * Jessie * Jessy! I haven't stopped by in way too long. I'm attempted to manage my time better, which I just began a new "schedule" this Monday...so far, not too bad! :) Congrats on doing the A-Z Challenge. I've never done it, only because I didn't want to commit to one more thing every day, ya know? Best of luck to you on your continuing to write daily. I, too, am trying to fit that in!

Lynn said...

Okay, I didn't do the A to Z challenge, but I am doing a challenge of my own (daily). Whew, I started April 1st like this challenge, and boy, it is a challenge. You can do it every day, I know you can... writing 500 words that is! Congrats on finishing your challenge!

johnmarkmiller said...

I like the idea of pretending that the A to Z Challenge is never-ending... we'll see how long I can keep up the pace!