Six Word Challenge Reveal

Happy new year, everyone! I’m pushing ahead with my novel, but in the meantime, wanted to share my six word challenge results from M.J.’s (@pageflutter on Instagram) “Six Word Challenge.” A six word challenge encourage you to spend 5 – 30 minutes a day coming up with a six word story based on a prompt.

I’ve been documenting some of my progress on Instagram… But here is my complete list!

Day Prompt Story
1 Gift exchange “But… I love you.”
“Thank you.”
2 Snowflakes “Watch out for the danger flakes.”
3 Reunited Gilmore Girls stayed same. I changed.
4 Under the Ice I won’t tell if you won’t.
5 Stuffed! “Of course I’m stuffed,” Eeyore sighed.
6 Under the Mistletoe “Well. I didn’t expect you here.”
 7  Dreaded Relative Everyone knew why they were invited.
 8  Bundle Up “It’s cold outside, baby.”
“Nice try.”
 9 Wonderland Hate this song. Stop the memories.
 10  Evergreen Wrinkled lips, trembling. Their final kiss.
 11  Dear Santa… An entire movie to accept Rudolph?!
 12  Sugar & Spice Once a currency, now cheap commodity.
 13 Wood Pile Hidden behind wood pile, she waits.
 14  Snow Day! Happily trapped in a snow globe.
 15 Office Party Reminder: Drinks limited. He breaks rules.
 16  On the Roof Rooftop date. Stargazing between tiny kisses.
 17  The List Relishing being on her sh*t list.
 18  Feast …End of days. Feast now, son.
 19  By the Fire Drawn by the frozen fire, smiling.
 20  Hot Cocoa Scalding, yet satisfying. Gotta have marshmallows.
 21  Unwanted Gift The cat doesn’t get my horror.
 22  Frozen “Let it go! Let—”
“Dude! Stop.”
 23  Care Package  Care package for sale. Donations accepted.
 24  First Candle  Candles lit. Stories told. Smiles shared.
 25  The Mensch  She helped, never hoping to receive.
 26  In the Box  Pandora tucked hope in the box.
 27  Heritage  “We are do-zers. We must do.”
 28  Helping Hand  She stood, ignoring his outstretched hand.
 29  White Elephant  Ultimately, the ring was never chosen.
 30  Cheers!  Everybody knows your name here. Why?
 31  Fresh Start  “Tomorrow is another day!”
“…Drama queen.”

Do you have any monthly challenges that you love and want to share?

Editing Bullet Journal Tracking for Fiction Writers

Updated November 2020

If you missed it on Instagram (Facebook, Twitter), I completed the first draft of my novella last week and dove right into editing! I’m so excited, that I’m breaking my monthly posting schedule to share the happy news! Now onto my favorite part: editing.

I love editing because there is material to work with. I can print things out, cut them up, move them around. For this novella, I’m doing a combination of analog and digital editing techniques.

Digital Editing Tools

I keep the manuscript in Microsoft Word and sync it across devices using Google Drive. I edit for passive voice, readability (grade level), and adverbs using the Hemingway App. I bought the desktop version, but it’s very buggy, so if you need an editor I’d use the free online version. This will allow me to submit a manuscript edit to my editor, who will find things I couldn’t, even with the digital tools.

Caveat: Digital editors will never replace a human. I use Hemingway to help find my blind spots. I default to passive voice and adverbs, so luckily, this tool helps me. If you have different writing crutches, you might need to look elsewhere for help.

Analog Editing Tools

I have my little desk calendar to tell me how many days in a month I spend on writing (first image in this post). I also created a bullet journal tracker for editing each chapter. Details below!

Typically, habit trackers are for days, weeks, or months. Whatever the unit of time, assign it as your table column headings. For editing, my columns are each chapter, 1 – 33. So it’s almost like a month anyway.

The rows are the habits you’re tracking, or for editing, the lenses you use to edit your work. I have rows for:

  • Plot holes
  • Research
  • No prose contractions i.e. narrative should not have contractions but dialogue can
  • Ready for editor
  • Ready for beta readers

I have space on the page to add more lenses as they come up. I’m through chapter 6 and haven’t thought of anything yet. I have a list of questions I need to address before the book ends, or little reminders I forgot because it took me three years to write the first draft. For instance, by the last chapter, one of the rooms in the house no longer exists. So half of the chapters I’ve touched included me removing that room and shifting where the characters are interacting.

I shared this with the Bullet Journal Writers Facebook group and got a positive response, so I wanted to share in case it might help you with your writing!

Tomorrow, we’ll return to my regular monthly blog post: I participated in a monthly writing challenge (six word stories for thirty-one days). With the release of this book coming in April, I expect to break my monthly posting schedule quite a bit.

Here are some additional resources that can help you: