Sunday, May 20, 2018

Challenge Imploded

Okay. I think the title to this blog post kind of says it all really. I was going to do a writing challenge this month--a story a day no less. This didn't happen. I've only written one story this month so far. While it's good that I have a story I didn't have before, it wasn't what I wanted to do. So now what?

First, I don't call it a failure. I got that one story, right? Rather, I call it a learning experience and a check in with myself about what I can do realistically at this point. After so much time away from writing, I have to move into it slower than I thought and make goals that are modest enough for me to accomplish.

If I ease into the writing, there is a much better chance that I will succeed in making a full return.

Again, so now what?

I set a more realistic goal. What kind of goal?

Perhaps, I might start with a short story a week. Or if I decide to come back to a novel, maybe a chapter a week. Those sound doable. If I have the right attitude about it, I might have a shot.

What kind of attitude? Well, I need to think about writing as a time to just be imaginative and have fun. It's a time to play. It shouldn't be serious or thought a chore, because who wants to look at creative writing that way?

So there it is. I might reboot this challenge by focusing on just writing a story a week or whatever. Much easier than trying for one every single day. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.

Anyway, thanks for tuning in to my ramble. Maybe I'll have something more to report next time.

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