A Round of Words in 80 Days

Today kicks off Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days, which I will be participating in for the first time.  It’s a writing challenge where we set our own goals, check in twice a week, and encourage each other to keep at it.  You can keep up with my goals and progress here, or click on the page above.  (You could also join.  😉 )

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been going through a writing funk.  Here I have summer stretched out before me with loads of free time, and I can’t bring myself to start my next manuscript.  I tried, and what I got was word poop, to quote Kristen Lamb’s recent post on Struggling with Burnout.

Over the past month I have embraced the funk and have occupied my time with other things: reading, drawing, cleaning, and blogging.  My creativity hasn’t shut down completely; I’ve just given it a chance at a different outlet.  The test comes this week, however, as I plunge into actual work.  Something will come of my efforts.  Good, bad, or poopy, I will write!  Thankfully, an idea struck the other day.  I’m not sure I like it, but since it’s a plausible subplot, I’m willing to mull it over and see what comes of it.

The idea came to me in the theater as I was watching a special showing of The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King extended edition.  Now, one might say that’s perfectly natural.  After all, LoTR has great storytelling, great characters, and a great plot.  What’s not to be inspired by?

Except I don’t think Gimli should engender thoughts about vampires.  Nuh-uh, not seeing the connection.  Talk about multitasking on the brain, trying to enjoy a mesmerizing tale of epic proportions and working out the motivations of a rogue vampire killer.  Seriously Muse, show some respect?  Sometimes you have the attention span of a two-year-old.

Anyway, wish me luck on this endeavor!  And in honor of this challenge, in this Monday’s short story it’s “Teagan’s Turn to Write.”

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10 comments on “A Round of Words in 80 Days

  1. Susan A. says:

    I wish you luck on getting started on the new idea. One came to me about a week ago so I finally started writing out the full idea and doing research yesterday. Maybe I should join the writing challenge to keep me motivated. Regardless, I will be watching yours and seeing how you are doing. The one book you wrote was great so I am sure you can do it again!

  2. Good luck Angela! I may join in next week. I have some major things to take care of this week, so I know it’s not even a possibility. I’ll be doing good just to keep up with my blog. I wish you a very successful 80 days! 🙂

  3. lynmidnight says:

    That’s great for you! Wait… can one join after the start? I was thinking about it but it kicked off last night right? Anyway… *shakes it off* Vampires huh? I need more. 😀

    So I’m in a funk as well. I don’t know what it is about summer that makes me … well, go in a funk (it even shows in this comment, doesn’t it, lol). I am hoping that I will prevail because I have a WIP to edit (BIG TIME). So what do you say? Poke each other once in a while to make sure we’re both on track. 😛

    I’m not sure if I should join the 80 thing though… I’ve just joined another thing and my online life (was gonna say onlife line, lol) is starting to resemble a circus. 😀

    • You can jump in anytime at one of the check-in dates, which are twice a week, so plenty of opportunities. 🙂 But I’d be happy to poke you every so often. 😉

      You know, I used to tell myself I would never write a vampire story because there are so many out there, but I recently acknowledged that they are out there and people love them. So I will say that I still do not write vampire stories; my protags are something else. 😉 But, vampires exist in my mythos, and I may occasionally include them in subplots.

  4. lynmidnight says:

    Ignore the repeated ‘thing’ bug and read: GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!

  5. Katy says:

    Oooo should I? Shouldn’t I?! It sounds like just the thing I need to get my ass into gear.

    In any case, good luck with your goals Angela. Also, totes jealous that you got to go to the theatre for a special LOTR showing!

  6. Yay for new books! I’ve always used NaNo to write my first drafts, but it’s finally time to get all those drafts edited 😛

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