A Highlighted Goal

#writemotivationOn this last Monday of #writemotivation month, I only have a quick update since I’m frantically trying to meet one of my goals.  Update for last week: I wrote a 15 Minute Tweet Tale every day (hooray!), and I had two blog posts (double hooray!).  Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to rewrite one of my NYCM flash pieces for the Glimmer Train contest (sad face), but I think I’m going to be able to submit a new story for the Highlights Fiction contest (tentative hooray).    
Last week I reported that after several false starts, I was abandoning my squirrel idea in favor of an elephant idea.  Well, I spent the rest of the week writing and discarding openings for the elephant idea.  The main problem was too much back story to fit into the 750 word limit.  So I chucked the elephant idea.
I had actually decided to put another #writemotivation goal into the fail column by skipping this year’s Highlights contest when I woke up yesterday with new inspiration for the squirrel idea.  After some initial bickering with my muse, I pounded out a rough draft and felt pretty victorious.  Then I read it.  Ugh!  I was immediately back to skipping this year.  But just to be sure, I sent it to my family members (always my first readers) to get their opinions.  And while I know they are all incredibly biased, they all swore up and down there was a kernel of a cute story buried in there.  
So I have spent all night filing away at those rough edges, and I think I finally have something that doesn’t suck too much.  Now I just need to polish it until it shines.  Unfortunately, I only have about 24 hours of polishing time left, so off I go!
How are your resolutions going?  Any victories?  Any goals you regret dropping?


Madeline Mora-Summonte's picture

Hmm, sounds like there's a nut of an idea in your squirrel story. :)

I'm chugging away - writing new pieces and revising older ones, sending it all out, getting rejections already. Sigh. But, I'm also working on/revising a novel so progress is being made every day on at least something.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Ha!  Madeline, where were you when I was trying to make my squirrel story funny?

Rejections suck, but it's great that you're making so much forward progress with your writing.  

LadyJai's picture

Congratulations! So happy to be able to provide some #writemotivation encouragement for you! I hope we can all continue. You've done well. We all have issues with our muse from time to time, but I am happy to see you've got something going now. Good luck for your 24hour submission! You can do it! *\0/*

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, LadyJai!  The encouragement from all of you has really helped keep me on track all month.

K.T. Hanna's picture

You can get it done in 24 hours. We'll cheer you on and you can tell us tomorrow that you've done it.

I'm so proud of you for the tweet tales. Well done! Sometimes the muse can get in the way, but I hope it cooperates for the rest of the squirrel tale :D

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, K.T.!  I've now gotten feedback from my critique partners, and I'm now feeling much better about the whole thing.  

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