Today I’m joining a blog hop with a few friends from My 500 Words. Nearly a year ago to the day, I saw Jeff Goins’ call to join his challenge to write 500 words every day for 31 days.
Well, someone has to watch me, so I signed up.
The accountability mattered. Whether I shared my daily words with the group or posted only my word count or just popped in to cheer others on and share a laugh or three, I wrote every day.
Come February, most of us decided to stay, and the challenge was on to write every day of 2014.
From location to writing levels, we are a diverse and friendly and seriously supportive group. We have members everywhere.
We have some excellent writers, and it still sometimes blows me away that they even acknowledge me, let alone the gentle kicks in the butt I get when they know I need them.
We have watched others start their first blog or get an article published for the first time or finish their umpteenth novel, and we celebrate everything.
We have shared the hard stuff, too. Some members divorced this year, some lost loved ones, others suffered serious health issues. When down in the weeds, this group rallies together and tries to pull you out.
Most of you know I spent the month of September on the Oregon coast. One plan was to work on the novel I’d started in June. Never in a million did I think I’d ever want to write a novel. Look what these people did to me!
While chatting online one evening, Tonia and Roslynn decided to join me on the coast for a long weekend. Then we invited Laura, who lives near Portland. I was excited and also hoped I wouldn't run my introverted self into the forest and hide until time for them to leave.
Shortly after Laura decided to make the trip, I received an email from Pat, the editor of Not Your Mother's Book on Working for a Living (we had biz, ya'll!). Turned out she hits the coastal towns often. She agreed to join our meet up.
These stranger-friends arrived and rather than wanting to run into the forest, it felt like a reunion with long-separated friends. Tonia put the guilt on us if anyone wanted to go out before writing. She taught me better discipline. We wrote, we shared our writing with each other and critiqued for one another. We walked and talked and ate and laughed a lot.
|Laura Hile and Pat Nelson|
|Tonia Hurst and Pat Nelson|
We didn’t realize until departure time that only Tonia and Ros had met before this weekend. That’s how easy it was.
We were no longer stranger-friends. None of us.
|Tonia Hurst and Roslynn Pryor|
Did I write every single day of 2014? No. I missed some days. Did I write anything that might change the world? Nope. I wrote some pretty good stuff and I wrote some stuff I should just burn. But I wrote. I wrote a lot. And I met good people that I never would have crossed paths with if I hadn't joined the challenge.
To the entire group, and especially the members who encouraged me to keep at it, may you find just the right words in 2015.
Here are a few friends who took up the challenge a year ago. Check out their blogs and spread the love!
Linzé Brandon at Butterfly on a BroomstickVanessa Wright at Humouring the dark
Stella Myers at Stella’s Starshine
Amy Bovaird at Amy’s Adventures
Crystal Thieringer at Muse and Meander
Roslyn Prior at Pushing the Bruise
Becky Williams Waters at A Novel Creation
Laura Hile at For the Love of Storytelling
Tonia Hurst at The Vast and Inscrutable Imponderabilities of Life