Early on and during my time here at HubPages, I took on the "30 Hubs in 30 Days Hub Challenge" and thought it was, at that time, the most demanding of all writing tasks (even more difficult than 20 page college papers too, mind you). To come up with topics damn near on the fly was not only crucial but necessary. But then one Hubber on one form one day (haha) told me that if I wrote a novel on HubPages that no one (at HubPages) would read it. Well, I took it as a challenge. Better yet, I took it personally.
At the time, I'd just completed a short story here titled "Revenge, Inc." I got inspired to write it one day after reading about a girl that was abducted by an male adult and kept prisoner in his home for years (over a decade). The little girl of course became a young woman who bore his children! Well, no one knew about this until years later. After having read this, I became disgusted by the extent of human cruelty. So much so that it invited me to write a story about it.
So after basically being told that creative writing does not get viewership on HubPages or online, I decided to prove my critic(s) wrong. I was also encouraged by other Hubbers to continue on with "Revenge, Inc." as they wanted to see the short story become a novel. For the next 26 weeks or half a year, I would do just that and had a new post every Friday evening to my awaiting fans and Hubbers alike.
The numbers did not lie. Each new chapter was between 1200 to 2000 words (or about 5 to 8 pages, double-spaced). Sometimes, I wrote a chapter in one sitting at the very last possible moment. I had to be creative, fast, and accurate. Each chapter was basically a rough draft, so editing was nearly non-existent. But words can't express just how proud of myself I was after having completed the grueling task of writing a novel completely online and here at HubPages. All in all, my "Revenge, Inc." series have about 10,000 views combined. Not great, but not bad either.
What I took from this after completing this task is the knowledge that I could meet a deadline whilst writing creatively and that I could create something that would keep a captive audience.
I'm just not going to do it ever again as it was just too damn difficult!