Every Monday I come and check my Twitter feed at around 8.30pm to see if there is a new prompt for the 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups over at Julia’s Place. And every week when I first see the prompt, my first reaction is to say “Oh No! How on earth am I going to write about that?”
I close my laptop in disgust and walk away, thinking “Ah well – I’ll just have to give it a miss this week.” But then a few minutes later a little bit of an idea will creep into my brain, and start dancing around in there, clamouring to be heard, and sending me rushing for a pen and paper.
I always go with my first idea because I know that if I don’t I will forget it, and I never really trust myself to come up with a better idea anyway. The first draft always gets written on paper, and as it’s almost always the last line I come up with first, I tend to write the stories backwards.
I’m pretty good at judging the 100 words, so when draft one is scribbled out, it’s usually the right length, give or take 4-5 words. That’s when I go back to the computer and start on the 2nd draft, editing as I type it up, so that it’s 100 words on the dot in typed up format. Finally I’ll read it through again to see if I am happy with word choice, selecting and rejecting until I’m happy. Then it’s ready to post on my blog and link either the same night or the following morning, depending on whether or not I can stay awake till midnight.
This week was a bit different. It started off the same – I read the prompt, had a sulk about how impossible it was, closed my laptop in disgust….and that’s where the similarities ended. Inspiration didn’t strike that night. Or the next day. The day after that I had a great idea while I was brushing my teeth. I rushed for my pen and paper and scribbled it down. The word count was perfect, the rhythm was right, and so was the rhyme……but then I realised I hadn’t included the prompt words at all!
So there it is – it seems inspiration either comes straight away or not at all. Let’s hope next week is back to normal.
That’s how I approach the challenge. How do you do yours?