Writing Challenge 1: What Keeps You from Writing?

As a procrastinator, a lot keeps me from writing: checking out webcomics, watching tv, the fact I don’t want to look at a computer screen after 10 hours of doing so at work, lack of inspiration, fear (which is silly, but very real), and probably a million other things I could list if I thought about it long enough.

These first few writing challenges are going to focus on what keeps us from writing. We’re going to start off easy and focus on the physical things that keep us from writing.

Write a scene of the last activity that won out over writing. Maybe it was work, or watching tv, maybe you spent the whole time thinking about how you should be writing. Whatever it was, I recommend you write in the same style you usually write, or aspire to write in.

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the importance of having a goal. That goal will likely have a form. If you want to write a fiction novel, write the scene as fiction, with a character that is you or represents you. You can even fit the challenge to sci-fi, romance, or whatever genre you specialize in. If you write poetry, write a poem. If your goal is to publish a memoir, the post can almost be a diary entry, or in the tone you’d tell a story about yourself.

If you’re still figuring out what your writing goal is, just play with it. Take the prompt in whatever direction you want. I’ll post my response to this challenge tomorrow. Feel free to share your response in the comments below or post it on your own blog and put the link in the comments.

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Posted on November 13, 2013, in Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s probably fear that stops me writing. I want to write a novel, but I’m afraid someone comes across the rough drafts. Maybe that’s strange for a blogger, but fiction is different somehow.

    I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo and haven’t written anything! Might try this prompt though.

    • I definitely understand that. A lot of times what keeps me from finishing my stories is the fact I can’t write them perfectly the first time. It’s hard to grasp that you have to have something on the page before that something can be turned into a masterpiece

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