With this my 25th post in as many days, it feels like it’s time to declare the challenge a success and take a short break. Not a “short” break like my last one where I confused short with eternal, but an actual short break of just a couple of days.
I have to admit that I’ve surprised myself by sticking with the challenge for more than three weeks. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I’d even last one week; and there were days when I wondered what I’d been thinking when I got myself into this whole thing. Now I’m wondering why I waited so long to try something like this to break my writer’s block. But I suppose everything happened the way it was supposed to.
I’d looked at writing prompts before, but was stuck in my thinking that I could only be productive when a post idea struck me from out of the blue. I still think that my out-of-the-blue posts have been some of my best. But now I’ve shown myself that I don’t have to wait for divine inspiration from the writing gods to put something decent together.
I also found that very often the thing I struggle with most is just getting started. But once I was able to put down a few sentences, the writing began to flow and completing a post was far less painful than I’d anticipated. I accepted that not every post will be my best and they won’t all appeal to every single reader. I also learned that my followers wouldn’t abandon my blog and go in search of something better if everything I write isn’t pure blog gold. I was gone for over a year and people remembered me and said they were glad to have me back. If I could go MIA for 18 months, I’m pretty confident a mediocre post won’t be my downfall.
I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and support. It made a real difference and I appreciate it more than you know.
If you find you can’t live without me for a couple of days, bounce over to Terribly Ernest where I’m sharing a wonderfully awful story I wrote when I was 13.
Thanks again! I’ll be back in a day or three.