A Writing Challenge During a Hectic Period of My Life
A few months ago, I read a post by Karen Hellier, which presented her own HubPages challenges for the year. One of them was an October 10/10 challenge, in which you write 10 hubs between October 1-10th. Some of the challenges she presented were for an entire month, and I don't usually have that much time available to devote to quality pieces. But 10 days seem like a reasonable block of time, so I committed to it. At the time, my life was pretty laid back and easy, and there was no way to know that I would be traveling down a different road. In July I arrived at a fork in the woods, and I was directed down a different path than I planned on going. For the first several weeks, I felt thrown off-kilter, and didn't have the desire, motivation, or focus to get much writing done, with the exception of a very therapeutic piece I did on happiness, and a few light pieces on another website. But after taking the time to reflect, plan, and pack up my belongings for a move I hope to make soon, I have found my desire to write. My muse is back, and it gives me pleasure and inspiration again.
Just over a week ago, I realized how close October was, and I was a little disappointed at the timing in my life. For a moment, I considered throwing in the towel, and I'm sure everyone would have understood. Things happen in life. But for my own sake, I decided that I will at least TRY! Even if I don't succeed, I will be better for the effort.
Here it is, the night before the first day of my challenge, and I am reiterating my acceptance of the challenge, and putting on "paper" some of my thoughts.
The Hub That Started It All
- Join Me in Four Hub Challenges in 2013
Who's ready to join me in some Hub Page Challenges? Read on for dates of my 4 Hub Page Challenges in 2013.
Other Writing Plans
During the next 10 days, my main focus will be writing quality articles here. But here is what I also want to do, moving forward:
- Build up my new Pinterest page
- Write some shorter pieces on Bubblews
- Work on some fiction pieces. It feels good to write stories just for the simple pleasure of writing down what my mind thinks up. Since I don't have a lot of time, I don't want to focus on my book, but short pieces don't take much effort or time
- Dabble in poetry a little, just to give my mind some relief from any negative thoughts that might creep in. It's good for the mind to try out new things, as well
- Gradually build up my writing pieces, and get started on trying to sell some of them (or fresh pieces) to magazines or other publications. I followed Bill Holland (bllybuc on HubPages)'s advice on buying the "Writer's Market, and I fully plan on using it
A Challenge to Myself
I am not only returning the call of the writing challenge, I am also doing this for myself. What do I hope to gain from this?
- I want to budget my time, so that I am able to accomplish the many tasks that are in front of me at this time, as well as get some writing done. I recognize that in a few weeks I will have even less time, so I want to get used to using my time wisely now
- I want to get some more quality pieces written for the sake of having more content
- More articles means more interaction from my lovely readers
- I have so many ideas in my head, and it will be nice to get some of them penned
- This gives me something productive to do, distracting me from over-thinking in areas of my life that don't really need it anymore
- A feeling of accomplishment
- Confidence and self-esteem
- With every piece I write, I learn something new, or else re-introduce something old in a fresh new way that gets me thinking
- I hope to provide others with pieces that will be useful, inspirational, thoughtful or relevant in one way or another
I believe that the key to accomplishing this challenge is getting ready for it beforehand. On that note, I was visiting Connecticut a couple of weekends ago, and I brought a notebook with me. I'm glad I did, because I made use of the free time I had while in the condo, at the park, and on the bus during my trip home. Here are a few of the things I did in advance, as well as a few things that would have made it even easier for me now:
- I thought up topic ideas. I was surprised at how easy they came to me!
- I wrote down general and specific ideas for content within the hubs
- I decided on some of the types of photos I would include in some of them
- I thought of some new photos to take that would be appropriate for any given topic
- I jotted down ideas on links to related posts to include
- It would be handy to think of what kind of videos, tables and quizzes to use
- I wrote down what I planned on researching or reading up on beforehand
Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On
Even though I have a lot going on in my life right now, I don't want to stop posting articles. I can use writing as a useful tool as I figure out what to do with my life, and move on. I have a lot to do, but it doesn't take up every moment of my day. I just need to use my time wisely.
I don't know what life holds for me as I take this new path In my life, but I do know that I just need to take one step at a time. I will think of what I want in life, and take the steps needed to get there. Sometimes things seem just out of reach, but I know I will get there at some point. Life is not just a destination, it is a journey. I want to learn a lot along the way, and wherever I end up, writing will always be a big piece of me.
I invite you to join me on this trip. Not everyone is going to be able to participate, but I will enjoy any interaction I get- not only in the next 10 days, but for whatever amount of time we are here in this corner of the internet. Have a great week, everyone, and thanks for reading.
When life feels like it is going nowhere, this song inspires me
This is what I wrote in response to Karen's last HubPages Challenge back in June
- Celebrating Hub Challenge Accomplishments
I followed three great writers through a 30 hubs in 30 days challenge, and I would like to celebrate their accomplishments with them, as well as present a few of the benefits of joining a challenge
10 Hubs In 10 Days Goal:
I want to update this every time I write a new hub during these 10 days. Here they are:
October 1: Hub #1
- Evaluating Resolutions and Goals Partway Through The Year
The benefits of setting goals, how to re-evaluate them based on current priorities in life, and my own reflections as the year winds down
October 6th Update: 11:30 a.m.
At this point, I only have one published hub. It probably seems like I just forgot about this, or didn't have time. But that is not true! Part of the time I have been busy, since I have had to devote hours to finding apartments to view during my upcoming trip to Connecticut, as well as come up with questions to find out and ask. Also, one day that I was scheduled off from work ended up being another work day, so that was a cut of about 8 or 9 hours. This past week I actually worked a full 5 days, which is more than usual for my part-time job.
Fortunately, I have several hubs started, and I have plenty of ideas for these other 9 days.Today I am going to try to finish two of them, and work on a few of the others. It will be a challenge to catch up, and even more so to stay caught up (since I will be gone on the 8th and 9th). But I want to try hard, and see what I can come up with!
October 6: Hub #2
- Many of the Benefits of Living Alone
Living by yourself isn't necessarily a lonely existence. Here are some of the benefits of living alone, as well as a few of the disadvantages, and how to remedy them
October 10, 2013: To Be Continued ...
Here's the scoop. I have been trying to figure out where to go, and what to do in my life. I decided on a plan. I worked towards it, although things didn't work out exactly the way I initially hoped. I was disappointed, but then I found a new place to live in Connecticut. I hope to move there within the next week or two, and now my need to have at least one job lined up is imperative. Even though it is tempting to make time to write everyday, I need to spend almost every spare moment, and all of my effort on finding a job. Once I do, I can move, and start a fresh new life!
Even though I only got two hubs completed this month, the challenge has caused me to write the three hubs that I may not have gotten to right away. It got me motivated and inspired to write again. I have material and ideas for more, and they will sit to marinate while I am away. So sit tight, and I will be back in a few weeks.
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