31 Days {Day 31} It’s Good Enough

06d245ed490fd8f2273acecddaaac399Today is the last day in the 31 day writing challenge, and I am writing this one blog for the last 4 days I missed – and that is GOOD ENOUGH!

I think years ago I would have been so critical of myself for nothing finishing or doing something RIGHT to the standards of what is accepted, but today I am learning, that “whatever I can do, is good enough” .. because I at least tried my hardest.

This writing challenge was not easy! I had to push myself many nights to get in a writing that I didn’t feel like writing! There were also some times that I enjoyed it – like connecting with others and their writings.

I do have to say, I think this is the last year I am participating in this writing challenge. I feel it really does put a force on something that is supposed to be an internal connection with self, meaning: I think the 31 day challenge forces us to write when writing is supposed to be something you do out of connection to yourself, to others and to the thoughts that are within.. the 31 day challenge forces us to write even when we don’t feel like it, and I think it ruins the reason for writing!

Of course this is my opinion; but one that I feel strongly about.

I have read so many people really stressing over this writing challenge and some people have given up because they couldn’t handle the pressure.

A lot of people lost their readers because everyone got so tied up in having to write vs reading. There were some others who run weekly link-up’s (like myself) who lost their writers because of the 31 day challenge.

A lot of writers were BURNT out, and to be honest what is the fun in that?

I think it’s too long to be honest. I think maybe a week challenge or a 2 week writing challenge would be good enough, but a whole month? I think it’s just too much and I think next year I am going to pass.

But I look back on what I did write, and I have to say, I did good enough and I am happy with what I did write. I missed a few days and I had to pull together a couple of days into one writing, but that too is good enough because I tried and I connected.

I am PROUD of those who did stick it out ..I have many friends who did make the whole 31 days (although they did stress as well) they did a great job!!

I think one of the biggest benefits of this writing challenge is, I met some new wonderful people .. and for that I am truly blessed!

So now that the 31 day writing challenge is over, what now? I will revamp my Tuesday at Ten, and I will write when the connection and good vibe to write is there .. when I feel it in me to write about something I want my voice to speak – not because I have to meet a challenge.

I think this is also a good time to go back and read some of the other great blogs out there now that we have some time …..

I hope you all enjoyed the days I could write! I look forward to getting back into my own routine of writing.

12 comments

  1. Yes, Karen, what you have done is “GOOD ENOUGH”! That you did it at all…is GOOD ENOUGH! That you persevered to write when you didn’t really want to, but had something to share, is GOOD ENOUGH. I know I am proud of what you accomplished; and you should also be proud of yourself.

    What you shared of your thoughts, opinion, feelings about writing for 31 days are valid…and something for all of us to consider as we move forward in our writing. I, too, write when I have something to say, and I love to write. I feel more comfortable having a prompt to jump-start my writing; and sometimes rely on an image or quote I have found. Yet, the words coming out are my words, perhaps inspired by One who knows my heart.

    Thanks for sharing YOUR heart; and I’ll be doing more reading now that the month challenge is over! Continue to share your heart, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment Barb :) you always have been my cheerleader in my healing process and that means a lot to me :)

  2. Hi Karen — it’s good to meet you over here and thank you for coming to my site. I can relate to what you’re saying here on writing and the 31-Day Challenge with regard to inspiration.

    Even though the challenge pushes us to write, I think the depth and purpose of why we write can easily be replaced with feeling the need to get something out there. We lose quality by becoming production machines.

  3. Thank you for your visit to my site!! I don’t know how you found me but I’m glad you did since that led me here. =) I used to try to take part in writing challenges but I agree with you about it feeling forced. I know some people say that writing should be like a job, where you make yourself sit and write for X hours a day, but that just doesn’t work for me.

    And it’s MORE than “good enough.” You’re GREAT! ♥
    Lauren

  4. I always tell my kids that so long as you do your best then that is good enough. When I started writing my memoir, almost three years ago, I could only write when I felt inspired, but because I was writing about some heavy ‘stuff’, I soon found that I had to keep pushing myself, even when I couldn’t find any inspiration at all. Some days I literally just stared at the screen as a cold panic rose up inside me, threatening to freeze me out of all writing. But as I typed one word, then another, the flow returned and a couple of thousand words or so followed. But when you feel writing is ‘forced’ and I do agree with you, it kills the creativity like nothing else. You have a wonderful blog Karen, I look forward very much to reading more of you. Sherri.

    1. Hi Sherri … first of all, thank you so much for coming to my blog …. and 2nd, YES I tell my kids the same thing!

      Wow .. I so get what you mean about letting the writing flow … I am so glad we connected … I look forward to reading more of your blog as well :)

  5. I am thinking about participating next year, but oy…yeah… It’s a lot. And you are right we put so much pressure on ourselves to perform and miss out on grace for ourselves. :) wonderful post to end out 31 days of writing. :)

    Brianna @unveiledandrevealed.com

  6. Karen,
    Thank you so much for following my blog. Also, I agree with you that writing should be fun, not stressful. When writing becomes stressful and unfulfilling, it loses it’s meaning and for someone who enjoys writing, I think that making something so wonderful stressful would be a horrible thing to do.

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