How did the scene-a-day go?

I’ve been intending to write a reflection on the scene-a-day experience for days now, but this has been a difficult few weeks to make time to write even these few extra words beyond my morning writing sessions. One morning, last week, I sat staring at my computer screen sipping coffee and watching the clock move from 4:15 to 5:03 without writing a single word. My brain just couldn’t get whirring beyond the simplest thought, “Ah, coffee.” *sips “Ah, more coffee.” *sips again. It’s sort of surprising to me that I’m finding it difficult to make creative time especially since it’s been a month now since I decided to ditch my evening unwind with wine routine for a cleaner, clearer mind. And yet, it’s not all that surprising, I suppose, since it’s the end of the school year, a time when teachers get more than a little crazy worrying about how to get all the things done by the end of the year, planning their perfect summers in which somehow they are going to rewrite all their courses, take a vacation, read all the books, and make time for whatever art or hobbies you love. While I’m not complaining about having a summer vacation, there is stress that comes along with this annual routine annihilation.
But, I digress. Back to the scene-a-day. For those of you who haven’t been here, scroll back and look at my posts from May and you’ll get the drift. For the first 30 days of May, I posted a prompt for a scene a day, which I also attempted to write. I didn’t write every day, though I sincerely tried and I also brought my seniors in on the writing and they wrote some amazing scenes that they are now presenting and I am so, so proud of them. I didn’t write a single scene I felt particularly proud of, not one. Some were okay, but nothing really great. I did write approximately 5,000 words about a character I’ve been thinking about for a decade and who is the protagonist of a novel that is in the incubating stage right now. I did get to know that character a whole lot better and came to re-appreciate how writing throw away pages to get to know a character better, to warm up, is not a waste of time. Like doing burpees, it may be ugly, but you are becoming stronger.

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