Taking a Writer’s Challenge

When you ask God to help… He does.  Always.  God just always comes through.  I really like that about Him.  Especially when He comes through in what I would call a “timely manner”.  

Just yesterday I thought, I really need to take a writing course.  So last night I decided that I would email Lysa Terkheurst and ask for recommendations on writing courses.  Would you believe… when I checked my email this morning, I had an email from Lysa?  I say that like we’re friends or something.  I hadn’t even emailed her yet but I got this email that said she was doing a couple of videos for aspiring writers.  All I had to do was sign up and look for the link to the videos in my email inbox.  Seriously!  I’m so looking forward to learning what I can from her about writing.

And if THAT wasn’t enough…

Today I watched Jeff Goin’s interview with Michael Hyatt on the the Influence and Impact Summit.  This guy is a writer who helps people get started writing.  He has a ton of resources on his website.  Free! If you’d like to check out his website go to www.goinswriter.com.

On his website Jeff has a 500 Word Challenge.  He challenges writers to write at least 500 words everyday.  I’m doing this, people.

Here’s the hard part.  I’m supposed to free-write.  Don’t edit.  Don’t over think it.  Just create.  Just write.  It’s the “don’t edit” part that has me hyperventilating.  I’ve already edited this short post more times than I can count.

And “don’t over think it”?  I’m queen of over think it.  And re-think it.  Again and again and again.  But… I’m going to do my best to just write.  We’ll see.

Everyday there will be a different challenge.  It will be a different topic to write about.  That should be fun.  A few years ago I took the Dale Carnegie course for public speakers and they gave us different topics to speak about in front of the class each week.  I really enjoyed that.  My great accomplishment in that class was winning the best comedy speech.  Won a ballpoint pen.  Which I loaned and lost.  Heartbroken.

I’m off topic aren’t I?  I think that’s a no-no.  But look.  The word count is rising!

I guess the point of this challenge is just to get us writing.  Hopefully “practice makes perfect” applies to daily writing too.  They say it does.  “They” are the experts.  I’m so not there yet.

Here are some of things I’ll be writing about in the next 31 days….

The most important day of my life.  Wow. I have a couple.  At least.

A letter to my kids.  I might cry through this.

A lie.  We’ll see how that goes.  Mama always said don’t lie.  

Food.  Peas make me gag.  Just a random thought.

Write about waiting.  That’s actually something I love talking about.  I don’t like to do it but I do like to talk about it.

Picking a fight.  Mama said don’t fight either.  I grew up with two brothers, though, who sometimes  didn’t listen to Mama so I’m sure I have a “pick a fight” story.  I also have a husband who sometimes forgets I’m his wife and picks at me like I’m his sister so I ought to be able to come up with something between these fellas in my life.  

Write a confession.  Oh my….

Write about fear.  Chickens.  I’m afraid of chickens.

Write about travel.  Yes!

Write about disappointment.  Who hasn’t had that?

Write about work.  I’d like to write about Troy’s work!

Write your own eulogy.  Man o man.  That will be tough!

So, that’s the challenge.  I hope I don’t bore you too much.  I hope I don’t scare you off.  But… I have to do this friends.  I have to hone my craft.  That’s writer talk.  I’m practicing.  

I hope you stick around with me on this journey.  This challenge will help me as I write my book.  I need the experience and I need the time writing.  If you will… stick with me and at the end… we’ll eventually have a book in hand.

Thanks for reading.  You’re the best!

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