Sunday, March 27, 2011

Take the Plunge

One of the cool things about joining crusades and blog fests is the creative challenge they offer. Last week, Rachael of Rach Writes posted our second crusader challenge – write a flash fiction in 100 words or less. I almost skipped it. I tried to rationalize—I’m too verbose for that. I suuuuuuck at short stories. The passive, stick-in-the-mud part of my brain nearly convinced me that I couldn’t tell anything in 100 words. I mean, twitter and I have a love-hate relationship for that SAME REASON.

Praise the Lord for my audacious side because I took the goldfish bowl plunge and received a most fundamental lesson in making EVERY word count. And I think I may have the skeletal version for the beginning of one of my future stories.

Sooo—I’ll continue to do things outside my comfort zone. Like this Friday—I’m partaking in the A-Z Blog Challenge. And all through the month of April, you get a post a day—every day except Sunday—corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. Considering I’m lucky to post three times a week, this is going to be quite the challenge.

But I figure—WTH. I’ll meet new friends, some really cool writers, read a lot of really awesome posts, and share some of my own lovely thoughts. And you get to hear from me almost every day! Aren’t you so lucky?!

So how about YOU? What challenges have you taken on lately?


  1. I'm doing A-Z too. Should be...interesting. Hehe. And I've had a rather busy March in terms of blogging!

    As for other challenges I've taken on lately, well I've faced my fear of public speaking (again) and done library tours, etc. I work in a library you see. I really can't stand public speaking but I still stood in front of a bunch of people and told them about the library.

  2. The second Crusader Challenge was a real step out of my comfort zone. But I do love writing short stories with a word count because it does force me to make every word count and really helps eliminate wordiness. Good luck with the A-Z Challenge!

  3. I'm not doing the A-Z...maybe it was a little too out of my comfort zone :) That or I just don't think I'd be able to participate as much as I'd like to. The crusade was my big thing to do this Spring. Have fun with the challenge, though! I'll be around to read your post's.

  4. OH! THIS sounds SO FUN! Good luck with this challenge! And what challenges have I taken? Hmmm... let me ponder. I've been a bit lazy these past few days! LOL.

  5. I love that you've joined in on the fun!!!! I'm a co-host for the challenge and I'm in awe of all the participants and also terrified! I want to be sure to visit them all!

  6. I felt the same way about the 100 word goldfish story. It is so true about making everyword count! Great blog, BTW.


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