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Favourite Lists Were Not Easy

Updated on March 7, 2010

I decided to do a sponsored event for charity by writing a 365 HubPages this year or an average of one every day. I thought that it would be easy; after all, I have written 2 books that way. But it quickly became apparent that writing a book and writing HubPages are not the same. The big difference is editing. At the end of the year, you will have about 365 pages. With a book, you then edit it down to 200 pages or even less so you keep the quality stuff and get rid of the rest. So you can afford a few days (or quite a few days) where your writing is not up to scratch. With this challenge, I have to make all the pages I write quality stuff so I have to keep writing until I have 365 pages of good stuff.

So, looking for inspiration, I turned to the list of ideas for pages and found “Make a List of Your Favourite Films”. I thought to myself that is great: I love films and I could make a list of films for each genre. So I dashed off several pages of lists. Then I looked at them and my heart sank. They looked sparse – even silly. A page with a quick introduction and then a list of films. And some of my choices were unusual. So I really needed to give an explanation of why this film had made it to the list and another had not. Now the problem with explanations is saying something a little different each time because you cannot write “I like this film for exactly the same reasons as all the ones before it.” And how do you write something before you move on to the next one in the list?

So I have been working on those lists in the background since I started and I have managed to finish one - and I use the term very loosely. However, though they were not easy, they were worth it. It has been a pleasure remembering great films and remembering great moments within them. It has been like bumping into a group of old and dear friends that you lost contact with.


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    • philmaguire profile image

      philmaguire 7 years ago from Jersey, Iles de la Manche

      Thanks for your comment, Anaya

      I do not know we test ourselves in this way. Maybe it is because it makes life interesting to stretch ourselves

    • Anaya M. Baker profile image

      Anaya M. Baker 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I was running short on hub ideas midway through my 30 hub challenge. I thought I'd make things easier on myself and write a quick book list. 10 books, brief description on why it was a goodie...and I was up all night working on it!

      Glad I'm not the only one who finds these hubs take forever! Though ironically, when I finally finished, it did turn out to be one of my favorites, and I'll likely do a few more someday.