Friday, May 3, 2013

A-Z Challenge Completed

Breathing.

That was one of my topics (B of course). I have been taking a breather from writing. But, I would like to add my "Challenge Recap" post to the list of other writers who completed the challenge because it was a lot of work and those that posted every day (I think I combined three missed days into another day's post, so I am not sure I qualify as an actual "finisher") deserve to pat themselves on the back and say, "Good Writing!!!"

What I loved about the challenge is that it forced me to get into my writing every day. The biggest deal was it forced me to write succinctly. In the past I've written only a couple posts per month, but they were long dissertations on whatever topic I was inspired to touch on, and I realize few people in today's world have the patience to read through someone else's musings for that length of time. There is something sad about that, and I don't mean in a personal way, just that it's sad that we are moving toward faster and shorter instead of slowing down and enjoying the magic that is within and around us.

As for my challenge posts, usually my writing was embarked upon late at night after a full day at work, then with kids and homework and dinner and bath-time and bedtime cuddling. So, that helped with the shortened entries. It made me realize that I can, as a writer, find a way to say what I need without going too far. For future endeavors I need to find the balance between full expression and bare-bones musing.

The three (I think?) days I missed writing were simply because I had so much to do throughout the entire day that I went to bed late and exhausted only to wake up and realize "OH NOES!!" I forgot to post.

Having a full life is wonderful. As I said in one of my posts, I'm glad I have a busy and happy life to use as an excuse for missing a post versus being sad, depressed or useless (or hopeless) and saying eff it, who cares? which I used to be like way too often, way too long.

Gratitude is key for me. For what I have...everything I have.


3 comments:

  1. To be honest, my challenge post were poor. Not a lot of thought went into them. Most didn't get beyond 1 paragraph. I started with goof intention and as you know, most were written pre-scheduled. By the end though, I'd given up through mental and physical exhaustion.

    I'm happy I finished the challenge but far form happy with the content.

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  2. A beautiful restrospect of A-Z and an overview of life itself! I am a firm believer that life always trumps blogging, and mine is also often done during noon hour or before bedtime, if time and energy permit my brain any creativity in those moments. I say you DID finish the A-Z in style, no one said we couldn't work it our own way (just as I did for X)! Having a full life means more good things to blog about!

    I too struggle with being concise. I love to go on about things, as some of my posts reflect. I'm learning to do a few shorter things now too, and will shorten my A-Z offerings just a bit next year... maybe :-) Five Sentence Fiction is a great writing prompt to practice brevity, I love doing that one!

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  3. Thank you both! T: don't be too hard on yourself. Josie, thank you for all your comments and kind support! :)

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