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.