Challenges

My chapter has a Book in a Week challenge once a month. For some reason, I’m never able to meet my goals. It’s like I lock up, will do anything except write.

On the other hand, one of my email groups is having the 100 words a day challenge, and I’m kicking butt on that one. Only two of us, I think, have written every day. And last year, even though my grandmother was in the hospital, the Wet Noodle Posse had a daily writing challenge, and I was only one of two writers who completed the challenge.

Do challenges fire you up, or lock you down?

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9 comments:

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Don't know. I've never tried one. But way to go Mary :)


Bonnie

Trish Milburn said...

I've always done pretty well on challenges, but then again I'm one of those anal retentive, goal-oriented writers everyone loves to hate. :) But I love the 100 words a day challenge best because it's very doable and gets you in front of the computer every single day. One of my critique partners started the Club 100 loop for this type of challenge.

Joanna K. Moore said...

Mar, the only challenge I have ever reached is the one to get my ms finished in quick fashion for requested submission---which ended up being 160 pages in five days. But do I ever want to do that again? No...my arm STILL hurts at times, after that marathon! However, the BIAW group we have helps me to set realistic goals then go for them. I like the 100 words a day thing!

JoAnn

Cindy said...

Challenges really get me motivated. I did the BIAW a little while ago and it helped me finish the book. Maybe I'll try this 100 words a day and see what happens. It does seem more doable.

Michelle said...

It all depends. Sometimes if I have the time and the motivation to complete a challenge, I do very well. But life can always interfere...

Olga said...

I usually don't think about challenges. I just try to do what I've got to do.

MaryF said...

Trish, usually I'm very goal oriented, and I'm also competitive, but for some reason during challenges, I get so sleepy I can't even sit in the computer chair!

I'm going to try to finish my rough draft in the upcoming BIAW, since I'll be going on vacation at the end of the month and can take it to revise. We'll see. JoAnn did it, so I think I can, too, if I just don't let myself get distracted.

Of course, there's the movie Wednesday, the family trip on Sunday. We'll see what I can do.

J.F. Cossey said...

I tend to be huge on pressuring myself... so when I'm in a contest or something, it's worse. Sometimes it actually is a kick in the pants to get something done I might not otherwise have gotten done, but I will suffer the whole time. LOL

MaryF said...

I hear you on the suffering, Jessie! You know, I haven't even let myself relax this summer, which is really sad, all because I'm driven to finish this book.

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