30 September 2013

The End: Sapphire Blogging Challenge Lessons Learned



People rise to the occasion without hesitation when they feel inspired and challenged.
~ Lorii Myers

In September, I’m participating in the Sapphire Even Day Blogging Challenge and the Two Pages-A-Day Writing Challenge. 


W
as this Sapphire Even Day Blogging Challenge as good for you as it was for me?

Because I had a lot of fun meeting new writers, and weaving my own brand of Miss Interpretations on Kimberly’s writing prompts.

Wicked grin.

The other blogging challenges I’ve participated in either had no prompts, or once a week prompts.  Which presents its own kind of…well, challenge.  It was a relief to 1) only have to worry about posting an article every other day, and 2) having a writely diving board to launch from.  Kimberly paid me the greatest compliment when she said that I had taken her writing prompts in an entirely unexpected direction.

Authenticity is king for an NF.  So these words were manna for me. 

Keep Writing!
Image Credit: Nostalgia1010
And as with all the other challenges, I’ve “met” wonderful, talented, and supportive writers.  There are several new blogs I now follow that I wouldn’t have met except through this challenge.  And I learned four important lessons:

1. It pays to learn why some posts don't do as well as others.
2. When in doubt, write about it.  When in pain, write about it.  The scariest posts for me to hit "publish" on have received the most hits.  Those posts don't always give answers, but they do let the reader know they are not alone.

3. You don't have to take a prompt at face value.  Even though every plot, every situation has been written about before, no one has written about it like you have, because no one else is uniquely you.
4. Write.  Just write.  And the ink will flow.

Thank you so much, Kimberly for inviting into your circle!  And thanks to all the wonderful writers who joined in!  Hope to see y’all next September!

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

Not sure what I’ll do for October!  These challenges are the only thing keeping my fingers to the flaming keyboard!  Maybe I should host my own???

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