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  • Writer's pictureKristina Atkins

WUW: 100 words a day keeps the writer’s block away

What’s Up Wednesday is an easy and fun weekly blog hop that’s hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

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I’m still in the middle of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass because I had to put it aside to read my book club selection for Thursday night, which is The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. It’s set in Cambodia, but not during the Khmer Rouge regime, so it’s been very interesting and eye opening. I’m just about halfway through, and I’m enjoying it so far. Need to hurry if I’m going to finish it in time!


I’m about 2k words into my new WIP and I’ve finally clicked with the story. During my outlining, I knew what my opening scene was going to be, so I wrote that quickly. But I was so rusty from my few weeks off of writing that it took a while to get into a groove. Also, I had a hard time nailing down the voice, but I think I’ve found it. Interesting thing: I planned on writing this in 3rd person past, but when I sat down to start writing, I wrote the first scene in 1st person past without even realizing. I find that kind of an awkward POV and tense combo, so I tried to change it, but it didn’t feel right. So I’m sticking with the 1st person past and I’m loving it. Which just proves–stories know how they’re supposed to be written! 🙂 Have you ever had an experience like that?


I’ve talked about my 100 Words a Day challenge before, but towards the end of my revisions for FR my goal was a chapter a day. With drafting a new story after my few weeks off, I’m back to my 100 word minimum and I love it. Like I said, I was so rusty and it was hard to get back into it, but I made myself get 100 words each day (and so far this week that’s all I’ve gotten each day). Sure, it’s not much, but writing every day is writing every day, and it’s finally paying off. I’ve heard of people aiming for 500 words a day, but honestly that would be too daunting for me some days. There are days when I mentally have to talk myself into writing. I promise myself that if I just get 100 words and I can quit. And most of those days, I end up getting into the groove and churning out much more than that. If my goal were 500 words, I’d shy away from it on those days. And I love having to report to my MFA friends who are doing it too. They keep me motivated! I love those ladies!


We started on the dog run this weekend, but didn’t get very far due to snow. But we got the post holes dug and the rocks delivered, and today the Mister bought a tiller so we can prep the soil for sod/seed on our own. We’re also looking into putting French doors onto our (future) patio off of our dining area. Oh man, in just a few months we’re going to have the best backyard ever! And until then, you’ll find me at the park most mornings. 🙂

Have a fabulous week y’all!

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