Thursday, March 4, 2010

40 Posts in 40 Days: Challenge Update

It's been about 2 weeks since I started my 40 Blog Posts in 40 Days personal challenge. This is what I've learned so far and what I hope to achieve by the time the challenge is finished.

It's not as tough to post everyday as I originally made myself believe. I'm not saying each post offered ground breaking information for the virtual world, but it helped me to get more comfortable with writing on the spot. I tend to be a tough critic in my novel writing. Most days I have no idea what I'm going to write for my blog (like today) and next thing you know I'm typing away (like right now).

Sometimes an idea hits me while waiting in the car for one of my kids to emerge from an activity and I can't wait to get home and put it on the blog. That's how my short story, The Perfect Resolution, came to life. Sitting in the school parking lot watching other parents waiting impatiently for their child. Some outside pacing, talking on the phone loudly about where they're going or what they still need to do. Other parents sitting in their cars, engines running, watching the doors for movement as they drink their bottled water and check their hair in the mirror. We are all in a rush to get to the next thing and following daily rituals to achieve some form of perfection in ourselves or through our children. That's where Jenny was born. She is a combination of myself and the many parents I see and talk with each week.

I am happy with some other changes blogging every day has brought on. It made me realize that if I plan to continue after my challenge is over I'll need to develop a schedule so that blogging doesn't take over too much of my writing time. So, as I type I have ideas percolating. Over the next few weeks I hope to have newly organized blog schedule up.

That's it for now. Thanks to those of you who keep coming back, whether you choose to comment of not I appreciate you giving some of your time to stop by.


Kristin : )

1 comment:

  1. Schedules are good. Blog schedules are very good - it makes it so much easier when you have a plan.

    I think a lot of times we make things out to be much harder and more time consuming than they really are, when in reality, we control exactly how much time we spend on them. Blogging is one of those things that only takes as much time as we're willing to give it. :-)

    Kudos and congrats on new discoveries and plans!