I write this on what is technically day 31 of my Thirty Day Idea Challenge. In other words, it’s finished! For those of you who want the quick evaluation; it was a great success. Those of you who want to hear a bit more; read on.
To recap, I was inspired to do a thirty day challenge to get back into the habit of thinking creatively, both in terms of fiction and non-fiction. As it was my first foray into a challenge after a summer off from writing, I didn’t want anything that would be too complicated or time-consuming. Instead, I decided to start slowly by challenging myself simply to come up with an idea for a piece of fiction, a blog post or an article every day for thirty days. I planned to record them the old fashioned way with a pen and a notebook.
Thirty days later and I have six ideas for blog posts, fourteen articles, five short stories, four novels and a sitcom. Many will stay just that: ideas. Others will turn into bigger projects.
I think this challenge worked so well because I didn’t set out to do the impossible. Long time blog readers may know that this is something I have struggled with in the past. This time, I took on an achievable challenge and as such I have come out of it feeling good and with a really solid base of ideas to work on. I’ve also got my brain back into the habit of thinking of new ideas, which is pretty handy for someone who writes words for a living!
As planned, I recorded all thirty ideas in a notebook that I kept beside my bed. This worked really well, and I’m planning to keep adding ideas to the notebook as and when they come to me. Hopefully the notebook will become an inspiring resource to use when I’m on the lookout for an article to pitch, a blog post to write or a novel to plan.
I’m definitely hoping to start a new writing challenge ASAP. I’d like to do something to help me finish the current draft of my novel-in-progress. The first challenge will be to come up with boundaries that are realistic! I’ll let you know how I get on.
If you’ve done a thirty day challenge recently, I’d love to hear about how you got on.