Writing Challenge

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After 18 stories in 23 days and 7 days yet to go, I’m bringing this challenge to an abrupt end. I know! It means that I failed woefully. What Happened? Stress at the office- has attacked a collected attitude needful for proper reasoning. A good writing requires cool-headedness, not a scattered mind. I know things will get better soon. It’s not always that way. But for now, no chance.

But to be sincere, I must say that I achieved a lot during these 18 days I was able to complete my daily challenge.

Setting goals in life help one to be more focused on whatever one desires to achieve. It’s motivating. It gingers and pushes one to work harder towards achieving one’s aim. I think this writing challenge is somehow similar to set goals because I had an aim, even though I didn’t quite achieve that aim, I woke up every morning having in mind there was something I must do and every day I made plans on what to write, when to write and how to write it to be able to produce a presentable outcome within the stipulated time period. This attitude wasn’t part of my writing ever since I created my website a year ago. I didn’t know where I was heading to and didn’t care. Now I’m more focused and care more.

Writer’s block – Someone once said that she didn’t allow writer’s block to stand in the way to her constant writing. She often sat before the blank page with blank head and yet get some words on the blank page and most of the times ideas were triggered from there. I argued it out with her but, during this period of my challenge I found out that, yes, it’s actually true that someone could be able to do that and that is if the person is not under stress. Although for me, there is a huge difference in content quality when the ideas flow by intuition and when forced out but in the end, there is always a presentable outcome.

Setting limits – During my challenge I learnt that it’s possible to shrink a story from 1000 words to 50 words and still give a clear context. Although it didn’t work for some of the stories, it worked well for some. This took a lot of my self-control to keep to the limit though

Time was a big problem in the challenge. I already have a tight schedule and this challenge made it worse. There were days I felt like paying someone to write and post my stories. It was that bad.

What else? Editing took approximately I hour of my time in each story. Surprised? Don’t be – I, first of all, write 100 to 200 words and then shrink to 50, check spellings, check grammar and yet when I thought it’s shipshape and set for publishing, a giant mistake popped up and the editing went on.

My achievements – More visitors, more views, more followers. I’m thankful for all these. Thank you, guys.

Below are the top 5 stories during my challenge

  1. Gone Beneath
  2. Take me
  3. Chains
  4. Go Get Jobs
  5. Male Child

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Florence Ezekafor

Impacting lives through creative writing

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