Video: 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing

Here’s a video that we put together based on our experience of writing every day for a year, and based off our post 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing.

 

100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing

Writing Every Day

Last year was our year of 365 days of writing prompts. By writing every day we learned about the craft, reaching goals, and ourselves. We highly recommend the experience to anyone, but in case you don’t feel like taking on the challenge we thought we would share the top 100 things we gained from the year:

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WRITING PROMPT: DAY 365

365Day 365 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about what happens after your character reaches their goal.

Shannon: Know what sucks about reaching a goal? You spend all your time waiting to reach it, but once you get there it’s kind of sad. For a second you wish you could go back, and at the same time you really don’t want to, and you know you can’t. You’ve got to move on even though it’s hard. Even though you don’t know if the next thing will be better. You can only hope.

Erin: Once I finally had what I wanted I already had new goals in my head that were taking over. There was a part of that reality that was unhealthy. However that was how I would grow, was why I was who I was. Life without a harder to reach goal was hopeless. Because there was no hope for anything, just happiness with what already became average in the eye of the beholder. I would never be fully happy, which made me a little happy.

You’re character has finally made it, you have finally made it!

WRITING PROMPT: DAY 364

364Day 364 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Let your character look back on what they were able to accomplish this year.

Shannon: This last year I got fired, I got kick out of the apartment, I got lost for a while, I was dumped…a few times, I was lonely, I made mistakes, I was bitter, I was boring, and I was rude. But I was also brave, I got a new job that I really like, I made new friends, I made amends, I started volunteering, I started going to therapy, I got my own place, and I’m still not perfect but it was a good year.

Erin: In a year so much can change. No matter how hard I tried the year had flipped my world upside down. My birth control failed, the father bailed and where did that leave me? In a deep and dark place. I dug myself out though and that may have been my biggest accomplishment of the year. When my daughter was born my life had a new meaning, the years to come had a new meaning.

365 days of things have happened.

WRITING PROMPT: DAY 363

363Day 363 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a magical piece of clothing.

Shannon: They were giving away the gloves at the shelter. I just grabbed a pair to keep my hands warm while I walked to school. I didn’t know what the gloves were capable of until one day I decided not to take them off. I just wanted to test them out, because I had developed a theory over time and I was right. If I touched someone with my fabric-covered fingertips, I was suddenly on their radar. Something most people wouldn’t need magic for, but for me it take a miracle to people on my side. Now I guess all I needed was this pair of gloves and a plan for what I should do with my new power.

Erin: My power to make not only me but objects invisible was mostly used for my petty wants. Until the day I made them my legacy and livelihood. That was the day I transformed the bra as women knew them. Strapless, backless, and cutout dresses were no longer a nightmare. As long as users remembered to put on the finder bow on when they were not using them they wouldn’t have a closet full of lost and useless bras in the corner.

Let the clothing work some magic.

WRITING PROMPT: DAY 362

362 (2)Day 362 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Send your character into their domain.

Shannon: The school’s art room was had to be one of the best places in the world. I had free rein over all the supplies and my only limitation was my imagination. There wasn’t on tool in the room that I hadn’t learn to master, but choosing was still hard. I was a little unconventional in that way. I liked to mix.

Erin: I didn’t realize school was for me until I had my first college lecture. In that room education started to make sense and how I fit into it started to make sense. There I could thrive. I was no longer feeling stuck and stagnant.

Take us there.

WRITING PROMPT: DAY 361

361Day 361 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a character with two sides.

Shannon: “Why are you always so mean to him?”

“Because one of us has to be. You’re a push-over, I’m protecting you. Just appreciate it,” she explained as she continued to cling to the controls.

“From what?” I attempted to overpower her, but I couldn’t win.

“From heartbreak.” She finally looked at me for a second but soon turned back to the screen. “You forget too easily…I don’t.”

Erin: She was programmed with two emotional settings. Happy and angry. The only problem was she wasn’t programmed with any logic. Anything could trigger her. There was no telling what would.

What does each side of your character look like?