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Chapter Two I Think I Fell in Love with You

So I just completed a workout regimen. Thirty minutes of exercise for thirty days. I’m not even going to talk about how svelt I am, or how much sand is running through this hourglass body of mine. Instead, I want to challenge all of us nutcakes who read this blog to write for thirty minutes every day for 30 days or until Thanksgiving. Every day. Thirty minutes.

Who’s in?

33 Responses

  1. I’m in. Wait, like 30 consecutive minutes or here a minute, there a minute, everywhere a minute?

    • Hmm…. interesting. But I think 30 minutes straight on is probably better. I think. Maybe. What the hell do I know? I’ve only been a writer for 39 years.

  2. Oh, you little scamp, you.

    Okay. You’re ON.

    Do we get to whine, sigh, exult here?

  3. Tempting though pretty sure I need the 30 day exercise regime more. I’m reading (well, audible) my first novel in 18 months (Crossroads) and it’s 24 hours long so not sure I want to jinx or overtax that tiny ember in my brain that still thinks like a writer. Since Covid hit I’ve jumped headlong into Romance novels which I now love (if only I’d read them at University instead of stuffy Victorians) so going back to Franzen is a big step..I love your idea, I just have terrifically weak motivation at the moment

    • I fully & completely believe that reading (and most especially audio “reading”) is often key to a writing life. Follow your heart, which it sounds like you’re doing.

  4. Ok I’ll do it.

  5. Wait, is this some sort of a trick?

    It’s like, there was this Princess who said she would marry any man who had ten-million dollars and a ten-inch willie. And because I fancied her like crazy, I gave away 90% of my wealth, and chopped my willie’s ugly fat head off, just to meet the conditions.

    I’m in. (Not in with the willie, because that Princess and my giant, ummm, fortune, etcetera, were fictional. The poor underfed willie I actually have is decrepit and wrinkled and tired and, frankly, could do with 30 minutes of exercise a day to get back in shape.)

    But I’m in, in that I WILL write 30 minutes a day (on my days off) for the next 30 days. Like I always do unless I’m completely sick in the head. Writing days around here consist of 4 to 8 hours writing. Days off include 30 to 60 minutes writing. Because if I miss a day I’m completely fucked, and can’t write.

    The great thing about deciding to write 30 minutes a day and stickng to it, is that nobody who actually does it every day can stop after 30 minutes, and will end up writing for hours. Ha! So it WAS a trick! A wonderful one.

    Now, where did I leave that teensy weensy willie-workout-weight?

  6. Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to play.

  7. I’m off the bench and in.

  8. I’m in. I’ve been in. I’m always in. 😀

  9. You’re ON! I’m IN!!

  10. I am in. (Does this count moving words around?🙄)

  11. I’m in, too. And congratulations on finishing that hourglass-uncovering regime! That’s a great accomplishment.

  12. Nope.
    Sounds too much like going on a diet, which would kill my flow. Being a starving artist keeps me thin and writing. I don’t mess with that.

  13. Easy peasy, I’m in because “ONLY” 30 is a break. Oh wait…I’ll do more, do I get extra points?

  14. I’m in. Wait, do we have to start today?!

  15. START TODAY!!!!!!!!!!! Get Crackin’

  16. I’m in if cutting a draft into pieces, rearranging on the floor and taping together counts.

  17. It counts. Get on board!

  18. 30 min/day… sure. Does it have to be original? Been doing about 30-45 a day for a while. But most of it sounds like the same words, rearranged some, all depends on the crap I hear from FOX on my neighbor’s too loud radio. Glad winter is coming, windows are closing… his and mine.

  19. I’ll try. I mean, 30 minutes? Okay, yeah, it’s good; the push I need. Yeah, I’m in.

  20. I will join. Thank you. Morning is the goal, but it’s so dark out. I appreciate the call to action.

  21. When I first read this, I thought “No way.” I’m in another writing group and there’s little response to writing prompts or questions about our writing journey. But that’s obviously not the case here. Just look at all the responses! So despite being a day ( or two) late and a dollar short, I’m in. I just wrote 732 words in 40 minutes. All backstory but still the words are getting out there.

    • There’s something about Betsy, and the people who cluster here, that’s special. I could try to understand it, but I’m happy recognizing & appreciating it. I guess I’m not going to overthink this!

  22. No. No, I can’t. Absolutely not. Oh, okay.

  23. I already started… so I guess I’m in.

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