Reflections from the April 2014 A to Z Challenge

This is my third year participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge but my first year reflecting on the challenge.

I’ve loved every minute of all three challenges. I went to a place I only dreamed about in the past my first year. Thus my dream came true-a writer. The first year I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. My first try at signing up was not successful but someone assisted me and I was good to go.

I’ve completed each year’s challenge. This year was a challenge to say the least. I was ill the whole month of April but I pressed through. Most days I wasn’t sure what I’d written but my mission was accomplished. Several times I was too ill to write but when I felt better I caught them up.

I think you all do a wonderful job managing the challenge. I don’t know the rules to writing so I can’t give any advice or make recommendations. I do appreciate how you can code your blog so people are aware what you are writing and they can decide whether or not your topic is what they want to read.

I enjoyed reading the blogs of the Host and Assistants. They were encouraging, helpful and entertaining. The blogs of the participants were great also. I got to observe the more experienced writers and learn from them how to become a better writer.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and striving to make each year better than the year before. Keep pressing forward.

I will be back for next year’s challenge.

In my last blog I wrote about a story I’m writing.

My friend, an accomplished author who knows the ins and outs of writing asked me to send the first five pages to her. Today I received her critique. She gave me a lot of great advise on how I can make a better story.

I’m excited because she didn’t say my story was a hopeless mess that needs to be trashed. She gave me hope.

Tomorrow I will devote my evening to making the corrections and continue enlarging the story. Even if this story goes nowhere I’m happy I’m doing something I was afraid to do. That fear is gone and I’m going full steam ahead until it is complete. Then I will start on the next one.

Is there a best seller coming. Stay tuned.

X-Cite

Having a little trouble finding an X word to write about. I’m having to manipulate a word a bit. The word I’m going to write about is x-cite.

Some things that x-cite me are:

Music-I love music, especially smooth jazz. Some people say it’s not real jazz but it’s real enough for me. It’s smooth jazz for a smooth operator.

Writing-has been a deliverance tool for me. The more I write the freer I become. I may not be good at writing, it is helps me face hard things I would normally not address.

It would really x-cite me to hug, kiss and hold my grand babies. I would be x-cited to see the twinkle in their eyes and the cute way their mouths curve into a smile knowing that their grandma was lovingly hugging them.

I could go on but I’m sure you get the idea.

What x-cites you?

Off to a Slow Start But Moving Right Along

I signed up for the 15 Habits of Great Writers Challenge with Jeff Goins while out-of-town on vacation.

Day 1 of the Challenge was to declare I am a writer. I made the declaration that I am a writer and I believe that I am.

In preparation for the Challenge I tried to create a link to my blog but was unsuccessful. No one can go to my blog and see what I’ve created. I don’t know how to fix it. Oh well—I am better at writing.

I’m now home and this morning I got up early to put something on paper to fulfill Day 2 and 3 of the challenge.

I didn’t realize until now that since I made that declaration I’ve used being tired as an excuse to not write. I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, reading about it but not writing. This morning the truth has been revealed to me. I’m a slacker making excuses because fear is still trying to keep a grip on me, get me out of time and miss my destiny.

I should be writing up a storm because of a compliment I received from a friend. Several years ago I told a friend I would type his papers for a class he was taking. When he brought me his first papers I couldn’t make out what he was saying. I called him and asked what he was trying to say and he told me. At that moment I became his Ghost Writer. I wrote for him for two years along with editing for another friend for the same class.

I knew I was in my right place during that time. It felt good and right. I also got Bible study and prayer time out of it. I had to read and pray about his assignment in order to clearly state what he was saying. His classmates gave him compliments on how well his assignments were written. He gave me credit for them. I learned about this on Sunday.

He told me he is writing a book and wants me to edit it. It will be interesting to see if I’ll be editing or ghost writing—Editing Ghost Writer.

Now I’m on to completing Challenge 4.

Reflecting on My Life

I haven’t blogged since I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I’ve been busy but writing has been on my mind. I’m trying to get a perspective on where I’m going from here.

Last week I had a few minutes before I had to leave home. I picked up my guitar that I waved at when I walked past it. Now just because I have a guitar doesn’t mean I can play it–I can’t. Something went off in me when I started strumming it. I then remembered some of the things I learned when I took lessons for a minute a few years ago. I knew at the first strum that I need to learn how to play instead of letting it collect dust. My neighbor across the street has offered to teach me. I’m going to march myself across the street for lessons. By this time next year I will be an excellent guitarist playing all types of music

I’m also perfecting my bowling skills. The winter leagues will be over next week. I’m already signed up for a summer league and a couple tournaments. With the help of a friend I have amassed an arsonel of bowling balls-I have five to be exact. Three will go with me at all times. I’m excited how my average will increase. One day I will no longer have a handicap. I AM A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH!

I will continue my writing. I will increase my skills by taking courses and entering challenges. Next year when I participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge I want to look like I know what I am doing. Maybe I’ll have a blog only for the challenge and I can still write my regular blog.

Getting back to my art is a must. I have pictures in my head that need to be on canvas.

Looks like I need a housekeeper to do the things I won’t have time to do since there are no slots in my calendar to do the boring things.

As you see I’ve got big plans. If I can complete the challenge then I can complete my list.

What’s on your list to start and complete? Go for it. I know you can.

Writer – A to Z Blogging Challenge

Since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write Children’s books, poetry, songs, magazine articles and recipe books.

Fear has been the major culprit in keeping me from fulfilling my dream. Every time I’d start thinking about moving forward fear whispered “you don’t know how to do that”. Where would you start? How do you know what kids want to read? Who would know that is a song let alone want to sing it. A magazine article? Yeah right. You have to cook all the recipes to write a recipe book plus there are many recipe books out there already. Many excuses swirling around in my head. Away went the pencil and paper.

Someone told me to start to journal. I bought a journal (many over the years) but never completed any. I read what I’d written. I laughed at myself and come to the conclusion that I must be nuts.  I sounded like I was whining about some issue or another. Embarrassment would arise and I’d rip those pages out so no one could read them.

Though my fears kept me from working to accomplish my goal I have written a few things. I kept them to myself until I started blogging.I didn’t want anyone to say negative things and hurt my feelings. I’m getting bolder and I’ve decided that anything negative will be turned around as a positive to propel me forward to accomplish what I’ve always known I’m suppose to do.

What do you need to get over to move into what you know you are to do?