I’m glad I stumbled across the daily writing challenge, River of Stones , set by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita Thompson in their blog Writing Our WayHome.
The challenge was to create for every day of January. A small stone is a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment. The theory is great – you pay attention to the world around you and produce a short piece of observational writing.
After the disruptions of moving house and acquiring a puppy I was finding it difficult to settle back down to editing my first novel and the challenge of writing something every day worked as a warm-up for me and really helped increase my productivity. It was also an enjoyable experience. It gave me permission to leave the novel for a short time and try some different writing, and it introduced me to some great writing blogs.
Looking back over my month’s efforts I feel that I was sometimes a bit too ‘fully-engaged’ in myself and my feelings rather than the world around me, but I’m not going to get hung-up about that. What was important to me was that I was writing, and I even like some of the stuff I produced!