I did it! I successfully completed the Chimichanga Challenge.
And the final word count is….
Team Churro: 40,222/40,000
As winner of the Chimichanga Challenge, Brodi awarded me the grand prize – a burrito! Woot!
Now that the challenge is over, I am finding myself thinking back on the things I learned – about myself and about my writing. While there are many, I will include just four of them here.
So, here we go.
What the Chimichanga Challenge taught me:
4. I am horrible at coming up with a team name. The awesome Robin Weeks actually thought up the name Team Churro, and it was perfect! Thanks, Robin. *smile* (She gets to have half of my prize burrito)
3. I will never think of chimichangas the same again. Mexican food – particularly chimichangas, burritos, tamales, and churros – will forever be tied to this challenge. Every time I take a bite out of a burrito, my thoughts will shift to this challenge and this WIP (Work In Progress).
2. I can write a lot faster than I thought I could. When I started the challenge, I was all excited and ready to tackle it. Several days into it, I thought, “Wow, 40,000 words? Never gonna happen.” But I kept going. I made a timeline and broke up the 40,000 words into smaller, more manageable pieces. Once I hit that 30,000 mark, I knew I would be able to finish. There is nothing like a challenge to push you to the limit.
1. The number one thing I learned is that I should never wait for inspiration to hit. Training myself to write every day, no matter what, was an amazing experience. I found out that some of my best scenes were born out of making myself sit down and just do it. I may have had to yank the words out of my head with pliers, but they came.
I would like to send out a special thanks to the amazing Brodi Ashton and Bree Despain, the creators of the Chimichanga Challenge. When Brodi extended the invitation for other writers to join the challenge, I knew it was the perfect thing to get me going on my new WIP. Deadlines. Give me deadlines, and I am good to go. So, thank you, Brodi and Bree!