Challenges seem to work for me in different areas of my life. I've recently been involved in DietBets and StepBets and both of them kept me moving. So, it's time for another writing challenge! Or two. I've been getting some writing done, but my plan is to double my output. The more I get written, the closer I will be to the editing stage, so I can get more out there.
I'll be participating in 2 challenges. First, the A to Z challenge. I attempted this last year and most of the alphabet got left behind. There's nowhere to go but up! These will be short blog posts, published here. Broadly, they will be about the writing life, and when it makes sense, I'll write specifically about what it's like to write memoir. My plan is that these posts will either be a warm up for the day's writing, or a reflection of what I wrote for the other challenge that day.
The next challenge is more of a "retreat," but instead of heading down the road to Oklahoma, I'll be taking a daily retreat from my life at Camp NanoWriMo. I've set a time goal for working on my personal essay collection, and I'm in a "virtual cabin" with 19 other nonfiction writers. It's my first time at Camp NaNoWriMo, hopefully I don't get lost in the woods (unless that's exactly what I need).
This is my plan for keeping my writing on track in April. What's yours? Tell me in the comments (I'm disabling the captcha thing so the A to Z challengers and others find it easier to comment. I'm sure I'll have to delete some fun spam!)