I wasn’t happy with yesterday’s blog post about my decision to leave Mercer. I started out with a different angle, but the first 300 words I wrote were mainly throat-clearing as I tried to discover my topic. By the time I realized what I wanted to get at, it was late, and I wanted to post something quickly so I could go to bed. As a result, I didn’t refine the entry as I would have liked. It could have been much more powerful, and made a great lead-in to the series of entries I want to do, about my experience as a member of a fundamentalist church. My next novel will be greatly informed by that experience, so it will be worthwhile to explore it. I feel like I can get a short story or two out of it, as well.
This second challenge iteration hasn’t been as good as the first. The freshness has worn off, and although I set my goal at 250 words per day, not 250 words per entry, it has amounted to the same thing, since I haven’t written my entries until later in the evening. If I’m going to hit 250 words, I have to do it in one entry.
I’ve got three entries left in this challenge, so I’m going to finish, come what may. But iteration three of this challenge will have no minimum word count. I also need to either write them early in the day, or write them a day ahead of when I want to publish them.