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My 500 Words 31 Day Challenge

I am not a dedicated blogger. I know this, you know this. I write when whimsy strikes me. But I joined up with Jeff Goins and his team over at The Write Practice, and on a whim decide to take the challenge.

That whimsy is going to get me into trouble one of these days.

I am not going to write a novel. I have enough of those that need editing and publishing. I want to be a diligent blogger, but I will admit, I am lazy. I do not have a lot to say about the world, I am still young and unexperienced. I do not care for super serious topics, because that is not who I am. But I am not funny enough to add a satirical twist to events. So therein lies my challenge.

Wish me luck.

Have I written 500 words yet?

Notice the lack of contractions, heehee. I found a word count tracker and realized the first half of this (before the quote)did not even breach a halfway point. As you can see, I am not a wordy individual. So here I am trying to figure out what to write for the first day of this challenge. In conjuction with the blog, I will also be going through Jeff Goins’ new book The Art of Work to figure out a vision for this blog. I have been using it mostly as an update for the new books coming out, and to occasionally voice an opinion on the world (in my humble, limited experience).

I am a fantasy fiction novelist. Seventy-five percent of the time my head is peeking in on other works, checking up on my characters, matching wits with the villains, and building up worlds with mountains, valleys, and cities which do not exist in the real world. This every day…stuff…does not make sense to me. Truly. I wake up, go to work, catch a nap, play with the cat. Sometimes I catch a bite to eat. Rarely do I work out. Where was I going with this?

I am officially terrified of this challenge.

NaNoWriMo was not this scary!

So far, three hundred and sixty words…come on! Give me a break! Okay, two hundred and forty left, you can do this. You got this. Just keep babbling on like an idiot until all your readers get bored and leave you… Not that you had many readers to begin with, I suppose that is some consultation. What am I even saying?

Vision. This blog needs vision. However, as I already expressed, I am not a blogger. I do not rightly know why people blog. I enjoy reading them, to be sure, but I have no interest in writing about my sewing hobbies, I don’t paint enough to get all philosophical, I’m not studious in the Bible to be a theologian, and as far as writing about writing, so many people are doing that already, what is my input worth? Although, if I revisited some of the books I read, collected the research, I could work on some lessons–but 31 500 word lessons? I do not know. I just do not know. I have no vision for Written Things.

542 words! Yes!

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2 thoughts on “My 500 Words 31 Day Challenge”

  1. Jessica, I can identify with a lot of what you wrote. But I think that you aren’t giving yourself credit for the humor that is characteristic of this post. I must admit that I have not visited your blog yet, but i discern a self-deprecating tone to this article. I find it inspiring when an author can poke fun at, and not take, herself too seriously. I wish I were able to do that.

    Just keep doing what you do and don’t apologize for it. Yours is a unique voice; and I believe that most writers are seeking that anyway. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Well, Ronn, thank you for that. Honestly, I had to go back and reread because I hadn’t realized I was even doing that! But while there is truth to those assessments, there is the awareness to grow, and I suppose that is why I don’t take the faults too seriously. Know your enemy and understand where he is from, only then can you have compassion for his journey.

      Your compliment is very gracious, and I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.

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