I’m about to start a writing challenge. Want to join in?
Back in 2015, I embarked on my first self-imposed writing challenge. The goal was to write a scene in response to a picture or dialogue prompt everyday. I made it to about June before letting the habit drop and then madly tried to dash to the end near Christmas. You can find the pinterest board for that challenge here.
Of the 365 prompts, I did something like 250 of them. I considered it a success, even if I hadn’t reached the goal. I had tons of story tidbits of character development and worldbuilding as well as the makings of many stories that I can’t wait to write.
The next year I did something similar and didn’t reach my goal again. In 2017 I tried to do 52 prompts, one for each week. It also didn’t go well.
Today, though, I have created the Micro Fiction Challenge to attempt during the month of March.
Here are the guidelines:
- I have to write everyday
- I have to use one of the prompts from my Pinterest board
- Each scene can only be 100 words
- I have to post my favourite 100 word story on here, partially so you can see what I’m writing, and partially to hold me accountable
- BONUS: Each scene has to be in the same storyline or with the same characters
I’ve been neglecting my writing a bit as school has picked up and I’m hoping this challenge will help me to take the 10 minutes from my day to stop and write. I’m hoping to succeed because of the shorterm goal and low commitment each day.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, feel free to join me. You can find my Pinterest board here. It’s very eclectic. Basically, I went through the alphabet and pinned some of the first things that Pinterest suggested. (c-cat. D-door. I-ivy, etc).
If my board doesn’t give you inspiration, try creating your own (and be sure to share it so I can check it out!).
If this challenge goes well for me, I will create more for the coming months and focus on different kinds of prompts. For example, next month maybe a word or a piece of dialogue for each story. I might do people’s faces or landscapes, plants, etc. The ideas are endless.
Stay tuned for my first 100 word story to be posted on Saturday, March 3rd.
Let me know in the comments if you will be taking the 100 Word Stories Challenge for March!
Share your progress with the challenge or keep up with my progress using the hashtag #microfictionchallenge
Cover photo credits to @canon_photographyshots