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!


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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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

17 thoughts on “WUW: 100 words a day keeps the writer’s block away

  1. I always write in first person past. I know it’s an unusual tense, and based upon my genre I should probably be writing in first person present. But first person past is the most natural tense for me to write in, so I’ve never tried to write any other way. So welcome to my weird tense club.

    1. Haha! I don’t think it’s awkward when I read it–I’d totally forgotten C2D was 1st past–but I’ve always felt clumsy when writing it. Not this time! I happily join your club. :)

  2. I like the 100 words a day idea. It’s so easy to miss a day of writing, and let that slip into a week away from writing, and the longer the gap, the harder it is to get back. 100 words seems very do-able, and not intimidating, but helpful to keep up the habit. Brilliant! Have a great week!

    1. It’s been a life-saver for me, honestly. Because of it, I got through my second round of revisions in less than 8 weeks and added 22k words. I hope it works out for you, should you decide to make it your goal. I couldn’t be happier!
      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Your hundred words a day challenge is such a great idea. I’ll have to remember that when I’m drafting next and run into some tough days. It’s nice to hear that you’re clicking with your new WIP. Best of luck working on it this week!

  4. Stories do know how they’re supposed to be written – although I do try to force first person present on my stories. :) Just natural for me, I guess.

    Good luck with all the things this week!

  5. I agree that “stories know how they are supposed to be written,” and I think you should go with whatever tense feels most comfortable. You can always change it in a later draft if it doesn’t work. Good luck!

    1. “You can always change it in a later draft if it doesn’t work.” That was exactly my thought when I decided to stick with it. Sure, it would be a pain to fix it, but I’d rather go with my writer’s intuition from the get go, because it’s usually right. :)

  6. I write most things in first person. I can’t really get the hang of third for some reason. I do agree that the story knows how it should be written, though, and I do go back and forth between present and past tense.

    And I love your 100 words/day goal. That actually sounds doable to me. I might have to copycat :)

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