My Next Challenge: A Round of Words in 80 Days

29 09 2012

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Anyone who knows me understands that I like a challenge. Once the word “challenge” enters the conversation, my ears perk up. This could have something to do with words of wisdom from my parents: “If you don’t play to win – don’t play.”

I’m ready to meet any challenge. I’ve done the “30–Day Challenge” to eat right and get fit. I conquered the “Read your Bible in 90 Days” Challenge (even though it took me six months to do it). I read a million words in less than two months to meet the challenge and become part of the “Million Word Readers Club” at the middle school where I work.

It could be my competitive spirit that makes me snap to attention when someone challenges me. Maybe it’s because I’m stubborn and a challenge looks like a dare, so if I back down I’m cowardly.  Whatever the reason, the truth of the matter is that the more we challenge ourselves, the better equipped we are when challenges come our way.

This brings me to “A Round of Words in 80 Days.” I discovered this writing challenge while pursuing the goal of expanding readership to my blog by becoming a reader, follower and commenter on other blogs.

This challenge seems simple enough: Set a writing goal and stick to it for 80 days. What I like even better is that I’ve already given myself several writing-related goals and this challenge offers me a way to hold myself accountable for meeting these goals.

What you’ll see on my blog during that time is that I have to post twice each week to update everyone on my progress. I link this post to the ROW blog. Hopefully, other participants will check out my blog when they post their own check-in; thus, I can build my blog following, which is another one of my goals.

If you’re dreaming of becoming a writer, but procrastinating because life is too hectic just now, I invite you to take on this challenge with me. Your goal can be small. My goal is going to be writing for four hours each week (I think). It could be to write 5,000 words each week (which translates into just over 700 words per day).

Are you up for a challenge? What’s your reaction when someone challenges you? Are you like me: immediately in the ring and ready to go? Maybe you find challenges threatening. I’d love to hear your reactions.

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