My 50000 Word July

My 50000 Word July

A writing commitment worth writing about.

“A person writing with a pencil in a notebook with pencil shavings on it” by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

It’s been a while since I was truly able to commit to my writing. Life has that habit of getting in the way, but I’m now realising how important writing is to me, and if I’m honest, (I know this sounds dramatic), but without writing, I am nothing.

My words both define and free me, which is why, for the month of July, I am planning to write 50000 words. This won’t necessarily be all in one project, but my combined written efforts for the entire month. My aim is to hit (and hopefully surpass) that 50000 words by July 31st.

I know, it’s a big goal, and as someone who hasn’t been writing that much of late, it both scares and excites me in equal measure. I know it’s not going to be easy. Some days, I will wake up and not feel like writing even one word, but I’m hoping that if I make myself write just one word at a time, then I will slowly build up that word count, and as I do, I will be building up the habit of writing fiercely every day, until I wake up, looking forward to doing so. Until I wake up and writing is the first thing on my mind, and the last thing on my mind at night before I go to sleep.

I have an entire cast of brilliant characters, all scrambling around inside my head, just dying for me to pen them into reality, and I am so looking forward to doing that. We’ll have ups and downs, just like all character and writer relationships, but in the end, we’ll get there.

For now, though, I am just going to start by putting one word in front of the other until I have a sentence, and one sentence in front of the other until I have a paragraph, and one paragraph in front of the other until I have a page, and… you get my drift.

So, I guess this is me making a commitment; a public declaration that I’m going to do this.

I’ll be posting updates on a weekly basis to show how I’m getting on. If anyone wants to join me, then feel free to add a comment and maybe we can encourage each other.

Good luck, my fellow writers! Now, to battle!


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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