the One a Day project

I am two weeks in to my One a Day project. The One a Day project is something I had been thinking about for a while. I always felt kinda guilty when people would ask how my writing was coming along…and my answer was inevitably that it wasn’t coming along at all.

It’s not that I didn’t WANT to write. I did. But it felt like so much work and time. I work full time, and most nights the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit back down at another computer. No! I want to do yoga. And cook dinner with real ingredients. And read books. Sometimes I like to watch TV. And sleep. Yes, sleep is good.

I decided I should consider committing myself to write just ONE sentence a day. Because, really, one sentence a day is better than none at all. If my only commitment was to write one sentence, then I wouldn’t feel like I had to give up anything else to squeeze in writing time. If one sentence was all I wrote, then the goal was met. If I happened to write more than one sentence…well that’s just bonus!

I had been mentioning this One a Day idea to folks for several months. Everyone thought it was a great idea, but I never took the plunge to actually implement it. Silly, I know. November is National Novel Writing Month, and while I am NOT writing an entire novel, this month, I decided November 1 was as good a day as any to FINALLY start the One a Day project. So far I have not missed any days! That means I have written at least fourteen sentences–and that is a lot in two weeks considering I probably didn’t write any for most of the year.

My current Work in Progress (WIP) is the novel that I started for my senior capstone project in college. Yes, it is almost five years old. I would really like to finish it so I can start on some other ideas I have.

The tricky part about One a Day will be keeping on top of it during trips and holidays. For example, this coming week I’m going to Philadelphia for work. I’ll be gone Tuesday through Sunday. I probably won’t post One a Day every day…but that doesn’t mean I can’t WRITE them! I am going to try to Tweet one sentence a day, via the application on my phone. When I return home next Sunday, I’ll post all the sentences together. Even if I have to write one tiny three word sentence on the back of a cocktail napkin, I will consider that a success. Writing is writing, and it doesn’t matter where you are or what your medium is.

So, cheers to writing!

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About Stephanie Carbajal

Creative freelancer living, working, and playing in the Pacific Northwest.
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  1. Pingback: a post on failure | Stephanie Meissner

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