“Reflection is the beginning of reform.” Mark Twain
The fact that I completed and survived the 2014 A to Z Bloggers’ Challenge absolutely stuns me. Under normal circumstances I probably would not have attempted the challenge; after all WHAT in God’s name do I have to write about… right? But due to the support and encouragement of some of my writer friends I stepped up to the plate. Hey, I even licked it clean.
Attacking this challenge has been very good for me as it forced me to write. Reading other’s blogs also made me think and contemplate. For me, it is like plugging in an old percolating coffee pot as it takes a while for the process to work through my system and kick in.
The major issue for me is that I have perfectionistic tendencies and compare my works to every other excellent writer out there. Since I’m a beginner, I nearly threw the towel in as I could not imagine anyone reading my writing let alone liking it. However, amazingly, along the way I managed to make a few new friends, who actually chuckled with me. I wish these people were much closer to me in location as I would LOVE to hug them and thank them for believing in me.
I am totally exhausted and celebrating the break from writing every day. I suspect I’m not the only writer who feels this way… please tell me, I’m not alone here! My venture into this challenge started early as I prepared writing stories for the challenge. The problem I ran into is that I couldn’t decide which word to write about and sometimes I actually wrote three different stories before I decided which one to actually use. Then, each day that I published a story I had to edit. Sometimes I caught my mistakes or decided I needed to clarify or add to the story so I did. By “Z” I actually wrote that story, “Zany,” the night before I published it on my blog as I had run out of steam.
Looking back, I’m so glad that I took on this Challenge. Hopefully, it will help make me a better writer, but most importantly… I discovered me. Thank you for your support!