Hello and happy Thursday, zine friends!
Well, well, well. I don’t know about you, but Tuesday and Wednesday certainly snuck up on me! I apologise for the silence around here, but I was busy diving into the prompts…
Work on your work in progress
You have to start somewhere…
This is the third 24 hour zine I have made, and one thing that stays consistent is a colourful ‘introduction to the 24 hour zine challenge’ page. It ends up being a great warm up that helps me loosen up creatively and use all the colourful things.
I didn’t really know for sure if I was going to try for the full 24 consecutive hours. I started at noon on Tuesday and figured I’d just go with the flow of how I felt. In previous years I’ve broken up the process over a couple or a few days. This year, even though I think I had more prompts than I’ve ever had before, I thought I’d leave myself open to the idea.
There were so many creative prompts this year. (My 24 Hour Zine Thing zines are all pages I’ve made but the pages are based on suggestions people send.) A lot were thought provoking and one even made me laugh out loud.
At midnight, I called it for being a good 12-hour creative session and decided I needed some sleep. Well, more like my body and my brain fog decided it for me. That said, that’s the longest solid creative session I’ve had making one of these zines.
I started at 10am the next day. I spent a little less time on social media and ended up getting further than I thought I would. There are still quite a few pages left to complete, but I did get all the prompts started with my ‘page base’ ideas. I have a lot of writing in my future…
I didn’t completely finish the zine within 24 hours, but I really loved the process. I did stop pretty regularly for social media updates and whatnot. Would I have finished if I hadn’t done that? Possibly. But, for me, the social media and stopping to chat to people is part of the fun. People were very encouraging, I got some last-minute page prompts, and I overall didn’t feel alone any second of those 24 hours.
No matter how you do it, I highly recommend giving it a try.
Have you done the 24 hour zine challenge? Will you? Oh my gosh, are you doing it right now? Let me know in the comments.
Get the full list of prompts and find out what this whole ZineWriMo thing is all about here.