When writing and reality collide

I recently read about a new 30-challenge being done here on Medium. I think it’s a very cool idea, however, it’s just not for me. I considered doing it this month, but then it dawned on me…I have a life that would never allow it. I have a full-time real world job, I’m married and raising a grandbaby, I have a house that needs to be cleaned once in a while and I’m an old broad who needs her sleep. A daily post just isn’t in the cards for me.

I’m one of those writers who bangs out several pieces in a couple of days, then goes back over the rest of the week and edits and perfects. My inner critic is a nasty old lady and she nit-picks everything I do. It’s hard for me to get a lot past her, but when she’s happy, all is well. I guess I can’t say I don’t write every day. I write down ideas all the time, freehand, on paper with pen or pencil. I have notebooks filled with ideas, but most of them are just gibberish.

I am awed by anyone who can do the 30-day challenge, whether their pieces are good or bad. To have the focus and determination to post something each and every day is amazing to me. I wish I had the time to do such a thing. I must applaud those who can.

I seriously thought about joining this latest challenge and even sat down and planned out some posts from day to day. Sadly, I only came up with a few days worth of titles. In fact, out of 31 days, I only managed to come up with about 3 posts per week. I know that doesn’t sound bad, but it’s still not a post a day. That’s when I made the conscience decision to NOT do the challenge. However, I have decided to do at least 2 posts per week here on Medium and on my own personal blog. I think that’s doable and will still give me time to do all the “normal” things required in my home life.

I wish everyone luck who are jumping in and taking the challenge this month. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader and I hope each and every one of you makes it to your goal. Maybe somewhere down the road I’ll find a way to do one of these challenges and write and post each day. Right now, I’m going to focus on my own personal goals and hope I can at least achieve them.

To all the writers here on Medium, no matter what it is that you write about, I wish you all the luck in the world and hope 2019 is your year to shine. I hope you all reach your writing goals for the year and I hope you each learn something new about yourselves in the process. But most of all, I hope that each and every one of you finds a way to challenge yourselves to become the writers you’ve always dreamed you’d be.

Christine Graves has been writing both online and off for the past 25 years. She’s written in just about every genre possible and still trying new things. She’s a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives here life like an open book. Visit Christine at GravesPublications.com.
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Christine Graves has been writing both online and off for the past 25 years. She’s written in just about every genre possible and still trying new things. She’s a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives here life like an open book. Visit Christine at GravesPublications.com.

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