Writing Challenge Leads To Growth

Good evening! A common saying in the writing field is, “Write what you know!” Does this method work for you? I tried it – It felt comfortable to “write  what I know” — I will always incorporate this theory into my writing. However, if I had stuck with this message ‘alone’ – I would NOT have given myself permission to take the NANOWRIMO challenge – what a mistake that would have been!  Fortunately, I enjoy challenging myself in all areas of my life, writing included. Frankly, it scares me to stay in my comfort zone too long. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone to tread in uncharted waters (fiction) – added many benefits to my writing; the depth of my content increased, and my productivity skyrocketed. Surprisingly, I felt more empowered writing what I ‘did not’ know  — my mind was stretched – I grew in every area with my writing. Growth is important to keep my writing current. Such restrictions keep us (writers) from achieving our full writing potential, as this process revealed dormant skills ready to surface and create amazing stories. What writing challenge are you currently pursuing?  

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  1. I find the Flash Fiction challenges floating around wordpress are the type of challenge I need to learn and grow. I tend to delve into long stories, rich scenes, long-winded dialog, etc. So having a limit of 150 words forces me to cut down to the bare essentials, a sincere challenge. But, a chance to grow.

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  2. As far as genre is concerned, I definitely do not “write what I know,” as I like to branch out and experiment. However, I feel like most of the themes in my novels emerge from themes in my life. My most recent writing challenge was NaNoWriMo, which I completed, and I am hoping to challenge myself to write another manuscript in February.

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    • Hi katemcolby, thanks for stoppping by. Congrats on your novel. It’s nice to meet a fellow NANOWRIMO winner. NANOWRIMO makes writing novels fun, wouldn’t your agree…I mean November feels like so far away to wait to write another novel. I’ve challenged myself to the same this January. Have fun!

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