Chapter Book Challenge 2017 #ChaBooCha

Chapter Book Challenge 2017

Since I wrote my last post about making writing a priority, life threw us a huge curve ball. My 15 year old son had a flare up of his Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a pain condition that started last year. This time, the pain was in both legs, resulting in a hospital stay. He’s still not healed, so my days are spent juggling work, medical appointments, school, and sleep.

It’s safe to say I’m exhausted.

This exhaustion has meant that not as much writing has been happening as I wanted it to.

Bring on March and the Chapter Book Challenge. This is always the highlight of my writing year. Along with a deadline for completing a draft, there is an amazingly supportive group of people on Facebook who share ideas and offer support.

This year, with everything that’s going on, I’m not working on a first draft… rather a second draft of an existing manuscript. New ideas just aren’t gelling at the moment. Rather than skip the challenge altogether, this is what I need to do at the moment. I am still writing this manuscript from scratch rather than just editing.

On Saturday, I had my first free day in quite some time, so I took myself to Saint James Cafe in Malvern to get started on my Chapter Book Challenge project.

I ordered a chai and their weekend special and got to work. A couple of hours, a juice, and a chai later, I had written around 8,000 words!! I couldn’t believe it. I was off to a great start.

I haven’t done much writing since then, but I hope to get some more done this week, and I’ll check in again.

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  1. Hi Melissa – thanks for sharing your journey, especially your current struggles to help your son deal with a health crisis while also working on your own writing goals. Your post reminds us all to keep going the best we can. Looking forward to hearing more.

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