It's been over a year now since I started The Scrawls. On August 9th, 2021, I started writing them regularly. One scrawl every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Though I stumbled and fell behind once in a while, I always caught up.
Between August 2021 and August 2022, I wrote 145 individual scrawls, for a total of 29,187 words. I also completed a short story I'd been working on, on and off, for years, and continued to work sporadically on my novel. I'm quite happy with that amount of progress, considering I also have a full time job.
In retrospective, the Scrawls was an experiment that both succeeded and failed.
On the former end, it's kept me writing. My day job uses much of the same creative energy as writing fiction, and before starting this exercise, I often had big stretches of time during which I wouldn't do any writing at all. I still occasionally struggle to motivate myself to write, there are too many distractions, but I do find it to be a whole lot easier now to just sit down and write.
On the latter end, I don't think anyone has really read any of these scribbles of mine. A few friends and some family. I don't know if they're any good, or engaging. They are just meant as a writing exercise for me, but I do put effort into each one, and it would be nice to share that, somehow!
So where do I go from here? That's a good question.
I'd like to try and increase readership on this blog. That means I need, first of all, content people want to read, and second of all, a way for people to know that this content is here. I have a few ideas in this respect, so stay tuned!