I’ve decided, since I’m giving my eyes and brain a little break from working on The Path of Redemption, that I will fill some of my time, while still writing and getting some of this creativity out, by entering writing challenges and contests.
Some contests require a fee, and as long as it isn’t something outrageous, I’ll consider it. But I’ve found a lot that are free to enter.
My hopes are that these little challenges and contests will boost my confidence, while also helping me branch out as a writer by provoking me to write different genres, different styles and different narratives. I’ve spent the last thirteen years pretty much just writing one particular style. I want to expand, explore, and really put this wordy brain of mine to the test.
If I happen to win something along the way…YAY. If not, well, that’s a lesson in rejection, something every writer has to learn to deal with.
Blogging has been something new and exciting as well. Some days I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to share. Or, when those little feelings of low self esteem are lingering about, I think ‘no one is going to read it anyway’. But I still push myself to do it. My topics aren’t the best, they may not hold attention, but I’m trying, and I’m putting myself out there. That’s something I can say I didn’t have the self confidence to do a year ago. I feel I’ve come quite a ways.
In this blogging endeavor, I’ve found a treasure trove of wonderful blogs to read and learn from, people to interact with. People I can sympathize and empathize with. Its been great. The stories, the poetry, the humorous and serious blogs. All of it wonderful.
It has inspired me. I want to put myself out there more. I want to challenge myself. I want to explore what I’m capable of. I want to dig into my brain and break it from its normal routine and writing habits.
Somewhere along the way I’ll learn how to use all this social media as well. LOL. It is the bane of my existence.
Besides, what else have I got to do while waiting for the zombie apocalypse?