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.