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Writing Challenges: 5 Tips for Success

Updated on October 27, 2012

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Author and Hubchallenger during the marathon: 30 hubs in 30 days.  An interested critic edits as I write.
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Embarking on a Writing Challenge:

Whew, this is my last hub. No, it’s not the last hub that I will ever write but, the final hub of my January (2011) Hubchallenge. What’s a Hubchallenge? The Hubchallenge is a self imposed writing marathon of completing 30 hubs in 30 days. In whatever way you complete this challenge is up to you and your personal preference and schedule. In other words, if you chose to write around the clock for a week your thirty hubs could conceivably be completed in seven days.In fact, many hubbers will write two a day and complete this in half the time.

Other writing challenges: 14 Niche hubs in 14 days. What is a 'niche' hub? It is one subject that you choose to consistently write on as an 'expert'. Writing niche hubs is supposed to help you gain views from a particular group of followers who enjoy the subject you're writing on. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/105166

Simone just added two new forum topics about writing challenges and the support that we all need from each other. In this link: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/105249 Simone explains the various writing challenges that are available and the rules to follow when posting hubs during a particular challenge you are following, such as where to post the links to your hubs.

In this link: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/105248 she encourages everyone who is involved in a writing challenge at Hubpages to share it here. Why? Because openly professing a our intentions is one of the reasons we continue on our path towards the finish line.

An outside writing challenge is the National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo. It starts each November 1st across the world and is a support site to encourage the completion of 50,000 words in 30 days. To read more follow this link: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Preparing for the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Hubchallenge

I began my Hubchallenge on January 1, 2011. I had been toying with the idea in early November. Disappointed that I made so many excuses as to why I couldn’t get another hub done by the end of the week, and needing to increase my writing time, I began to seriously consider committing to the challenge. Somewhere in the core of who I am there is a strong competitive gene. Not competition towards others, but with myself. It charges me. It gets me motivated and focused.

Commitment is an important trait for me-it represents honor. I knew that if I committed to something it would take an act of God or a highly unusual circumstance to pull me from it once I started. In addition to that, I would also have the dilemma of saving face. As part of my master plan I would tell other people about what I was undertaking and I would have to cross that finish line on time or be accountable about why I did not stick to my priorities as planned.

Next, I analyzed the best date to begin. I looked at the data of what I knew: the holiday calendar of activities ahead of me, my work schedule, my personal schedule, my own habits and organization. That done, I came up with some dates-I knew it could not be before the holidays, so that eliminated December. I also knew that I liked to follow the dates in an easy manner so the logical date for me was to start on the first of the month…whichever month that would be. But, also taking my habits into consideration I knew that if I prolonged the start of the challenge to later in the year I may lose my interest.

Once I set the date I took a notebook and drew up some plans: a list of hub ideas, dates I would focus the majority of my writing, i.e. days off, along with dates I would post certain hubs.

Lessons learned about taking on a challenge

January 1, New Year’s Day, was the perfect choice for the beginning of this challenge. Like the New Year itself, I was starting off fresh. What a nice way to begin. Today is the 30th-my deadline date. What did I learn along the way? Well, I learned many things; here are a few that I will share with you:

I like to challenge myself . Although that isn’t a new realization, I am sharing it with you. Why challenge ourselves? Because, challenges push us in ways that we would not ordinarily push our own selves. It takes us beyond our usual boundaries and perceptions of what we can do. It triggers our potential and demands greatness. Out of greatness rises success.

I learned that my system is different than others, but works for me . Each hubber will have to find what works for him and to realize that what works during one Hubchallenge may not work the second time around. In other words, flexibility and individuality are important.

I learned to look just far enough ahead to keep myself on track. We succeed when we take it one hub at a time and don’t jump into worrying about deadlines needlessly.

I learned that I have a great group of hubber companions here at Hubpages. That also was not a new piece of information. I knew from the start that the community is largely made up of some dedicated, talented writers who support each other in their art. I appreciate that and feel grateful to be a part of it.

Writing Challenge Poll

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5 Tips for Success with any Writing Challenge

Here are 5 tips for having a successful Hubchallenge:

1. Organize- I can’t emphasize this enough. Make a list of topics to write. Keep research material close at hand. Make a calendar with suggested hubs to keep you on track. In the words of my friend Richtwf, who gave me this advice in the early days of my challenge, “Plan your work and work your plan.” and “Success breeds success.”

2. Clear a day for writing- This goes along with ‘organize’. Keep one day for your writing time. Don’t have a day? Devote, and stick to, a block of four hours. That should be long enough to type out your work and at least begin a hub. If it isn’t complete save it for a later posting.

3. Communicate-tell family and friends what your goal is for support. If they know that you are on a writing marathon they will most likely not interrupt you with other tasks when you are doing your writing block.

4. Focus-turn the television and phone off. Work out of the way of the main traffic. If you experience writers block do something to interrupt that by clearing your head. While you work, don’t get sidetracked with other things on Hubpages, i.e. reading and commenting, or playing the forum games. Stay focused to keep you on track.

5. Give yourself a break-don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make it. Learn what blocked you from reaching your goal and do things different next time. Be sure to try again.

Thank you to all who supported my efforts and good luck to all who are taking the challenge.


Benefits of taking a Writing Challenge

By taking the challenge you get to push yourself to a higher level of writing demands.

You also get to post your hubs in the forums, the Hubchallenge, and if you are fortunate, like I was, and you coordinate your hubs with the Hubmob challenge, you get two places to post them.

You get to meet new people who are drawn to your work based on the forum threads, as well as reunite with old friends that you’ve alerted about your challenge. Then read the comments that everyone leaves on your newly posted hubs.

Two other incredible surprises that occurred along the way is that one of my last hubs in 2010, http://hubpages.com/hub/10-Ways-to-Sabotage-Your-Weight-Loss-Program turned out to be a featured article of the week this month. The last time I checked this hub had gotten over 1600 hits. The hub with the most hits in my account. Imagine the delight I experienced each time I opened Hubpages; and, second, my hub score hit and stayed at 100 for three consecutive days.


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      kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

      Very good advice to make it to the end. I work 6 days a week so writing 30 in 30 days makes it really hard, unless i write a bunch of hubs that I do not think are very good, which would defeat my whole purpose in writing. I am glad you made your challenge and won it. Good going.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Kenny-I have a problem with my work schedule as well. I work three 12 hr shifts. That means on 3 of the 7 days I am not writing. Which meant that on the other days I was doubling up. I meant actually to include that info in this hub just to let people know it can be done. That's what I meant by organizing your time so there is a day or block in which you just write multiple hubs. Good luck to you with your work. It can be so interfering with the rest of life, can't it! LOL Thanks for your comments.

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Congratulations Denise, you have done it! It couldn't have been an easy task for you. It goes to show that if you put your mind to something, it can be done. You are an inspiration to all of us.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello my dear friend Denise, between you doing the 30 hubs in 30 days and all my friends entering to win the contest this month, they are allowed to write five hubs a day. OMG you should see my email box, and I just want to delete everthing as I am so over whelmed because I have NO time to write and to remain a good friend to my hubbers. I so want to reach out and help everyone, perhaps I should hire an assistant to make comments, um not bad except I haven't made any money...LOL I too first started off doing the 30 hubs in 30 days and it almost killed me. The good think was that I convinced antother huber to join me which helped me stay honest. I am so proud of you and congrats great job, you have really done fantastic and I rate this hub up love & peace darski

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, Denise! Writing 30 Hubs in 30 days is a wonderful accomplishment, especially as you maintained the high quality of your work throughout the challenge. I hope to follow in your footsteps (keyclicks?) one day. You are definitely an inspiration!

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Well done indeed Denise and a hearty congratulations for crossing that finishing line!

      A great achievement which is like the icing on the rest of your other achievements in the past thirty days. Time flies and I am sure you had great fun getting to that final destination, and all those hours and effort expended were worth it!

      A great job Denise and God bless.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations. I'm not sure if I could keep up and write that many hubs so quickly.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is a very inspirational Hub. I challenged myself to a 30 in 30 when I first started on HP. I did not know how to make it public, and until HP, I have not been good at meeting goals set for myself, by me. Middle way through, another new Hubber and I crossed paths, who was doing the same thing. We really helped each other, and I made it public when I was on 28. Way to go! It works.

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Congratulations, I could not imagine writing that much, but I am happy that you challenged yourself and that you have reached your last one!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      (((((((((( One Giant Hug to all of you who congratulated me! Thank You! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement and your support. I promise to get back out there and read YOUR hubs now, LOL ))))))))))

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      amybradley 6 years ago

      Yes, big congrats. here wow that would be kind of insane for sure, but with real focus I believe we can do just about anything here on HubPages. You deserve all the best, and can't wait to see more of your writing it's very good. Voted this way up, and useful!! A.B.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Amy for your feedback and vote. I appreciate it. :)

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      Martyv25 6 years ago

      Hey great hub, really good advice. Like you I need to feel organised, I have decided the best way for me is when an idea pops into my head i'm straight to the computer and just start typing, before I know it i'm a few hundred words in. Seems to work for me.

      Congratulations on completing the challenge, hopefully I will be celebrating my success at the end of February.

      Thanks again for the great hub and advice.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Just look at you! A wonderful achievement...you have inspired me to do the same. Yikes! I had better get started now. An excellent hub with great advice. You are an example of the word dedication. Thank you, dear friend. Love and light...

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Marty-I've been following you on the hubchallenge thread. I know you'll get there.

      Hi Audrey-Good for you for taking the hubchallenge. I'll watch the thread for your announcement and postings. :)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well this is a definitive hub which should be bookmarked by every aspiring writer here - and 5 of my own tips for the success of any reader is:

      1. read Denise's hubs

      2. read Denise's hubs

      3. read Denise's hubs

      4. read Denise's hubs

      5. there are so many to choose from so read Denise's hubs

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      These are great tips Denise!

      Congratulations for taking up the challenge. I can barely come up with one hub a week, so I greatly admire you for your 30 in 30!

      You truly are an inspiration!

      God bless!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Colin-you are a gentleman and a sweetheart. Thank you, kind sir.

      Jill-I understand. I truly had to be very organized and focused. But, I'm planning on doing it again in April if you are interested in joining forces.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Congrats Denise!! wow.. you have challenged yourself and finished like a champion... Oh Denise I have to learn from you.. with all the work you still did this wow!.. awesome!

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Denise you are an inspiration! Well done for completing the challenge and doing it with some very fine Hubs - 1600 hits says it all. I have bookmarked this so I will have a reference point for my next attempt. Congratulations.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sofs and Karanda-thanks for your feedback. OK here's the scoop. Mark, (the cleanlife) and I are going to start the 30/30 hubchallenge April 1st. Anyone interested can hop aboard the train. This will give you several weeks to put a plan of action in place. Good luck. :)

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      1600 hits is awesome! You have really done well on hubpages. Thanks for the encouragement and the tips!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi ChCh-thanks for your read and comments. I'm having so much fun here on hubpages. If you read my hub Circle of Women you will get a hint about how I came to 'find' hubpages...or, did it find me? LOL

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      gypsumgirl 6 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      Denise - I just noticed this hub...Congratulations! That's absolutely fabulous! Wahoo!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi GG- Thanks! It had its moments of real challenge, but I'm glad I did it. It's hard to catch everyone's hubs all of the time...thanks for reading and commenting. I'm starting another one in April-april 1st actually. There will be a group of us starting one then, so feel free to join right in.

      Also, my sister, Danette Watt, is planning to do the challenge in March to honor women in history month, so that is another possibility.

      Just trying to help support other hubbers along with my own stuff. Have a good week.

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Congratulations on 30 hubs in 30 days. I am currently writing a novel, I don't see how I could take the challenge. I am glad you did and won. Keep writing. You are an inspiration to us all.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Rhonda-thanks for your comments. Great for you and your novel writing. I've written 35,000 words for a novel and stopped. I think it has potential but other things came up. I tried the NaNoWriMo this past Nov and failed miserably b/c of all the other hubs I was writing instead, LOL Guess that spoke for my priorities.

      Good luck to you with your writing. Nice meeting you.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Denise - I just had to come back and re-read this motivating hub once again. As you know, you have inspired me to take the challenge in April. I am already clearing a path to make time to do this. I really find that reading your tips and suggestions helps me in preparing for this. So, again, thank you dear Denise. Hugs~

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Good morning, Audrey. I'm so glad to know you are 'getting serious' about this activity, LOL I'm happy to know my 'tips' are helping you prepare. I don't think you will have any difficulty meeting the deadline. Thanks again for your warm comments.

      I'm planning on making an 'invitation' announcement on the forum threads under the hubchallenge category towards the end of March to remind anyone who may be interested.

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      congrats to you for completing a challenge and setting a goal - I give kudos to anyone that challenges themselves...thanks

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've never tried the "challenge" I would have to write more than one hub a day I think because there seem to be too many things to kill a days writing, like today s snow.But I might give it a try sometime.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi mtsi1098-I think you could do this...somewhat like the game strategy you wrote about. :) Thanks for your comment.

      Hi dahoglund, With all your writing talent I know you could easily do this challenge. Thanks for visiting the hub and leaving a comment.

      I'm planning to do the challenge again in April, beginning april 1st and will post a thread announcing this around mid march in the hubchallenge forum. If you are interested be sure to jump on board during that time (4/1-4/30) for the extra support. In the meantime: plan your strategy, LOL.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi mtsi1098-I think you could do this...somewhat like the game strategy you wrote about. :) Thanks for your comment.

      Hi dahoglund, With all your writing talent I know you could easily do this challenge. Thanks for visiting the hub and leaving a comment.

      I'm planning to do the challenge again in April, beginning april 1st and will post a thread announcing this around mid march in the hubchallenge forum. If you are interested be sure to jump on board during that time (4/1-4/30) for the extra support. In the meantime: plan your strategy, LOL.

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      Tracy Gregory 6 years ago

      Denise, this hub is source of motivation for all the newbie hubbers out there..thank you for keeping us going. :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Tracy-what a kind thing to say. Thank you. I'm glad to be supportive and cheering the group on! LOL

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      Wayne's Word 6 years ago

      Nice going Denise. Seem's as if you are able to write quite a bit. Like you I'm a new hubber but I started and then stopped but have redevoted myself to writing. You make a lot of great suggestion that I will start to follow. If you get a chance, take a look at some of my hubs and let me know what you think! Have a wonderful day and keep up the exceptional work!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Wayne, Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work. I'll catch up with you this w/e. Thanks for your comments and I hope to see you at the 30 hub/30 day hubchallenge this April 1st. That's the target date for a group of us supporting each other in the hubchallenge. I hope you'll join us then. :)

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Congratulations on completing the challenge and for writing real quality hubs too. You are a real inspiration. Keep it up. Voted up and awesome.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well my heart always sings when I hear from you my friend and it's always a pleasure indeed to receive a comment from you as it makes my day. I sincerely hope all is well with you and please keep thinking good thoughts!!!!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Toknowinfo, thanks for your kind comments, and your congrats to me. Nice to meet you. :)

      Colin, I may not read all of your work, but you are one of my favorite hubbers. I love reading your poetry and always enjoy your wit and creativity.

      Thank you for asking about me...I am well, thank you. Looking forward to spring, as I'm sure you are up there near Lake Erie. Take care.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful inspiring hub, with some great tips, thanks :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, nighthag. If you care to join us there will be a group starting out again in April for the hubchallenge. :)

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great hub that i rated useful.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks ImChemist. Are you going to join us on April 1st? There will be an announcement in the thread mid march on the hubchallenge forum, so watch for it. Maybe the announcement will be on March 15th-the Ides of March, hee hee.

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      LennyP 6 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on finishing the challenge. As you know I have begun it myself. I think every hubber should take this challenge. Even if you fail you are bound to learn something from it. It seems like it helped you a lot as a hubber.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Lenny, Thanks for reading the hub. I support you in your decision to take the challenge. There is a group of us who will be taking the challenge beginning April 1st. I wish you the best, b/c it is not easy. My experience was very helpful in the amount of exposure it provided.

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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      congrats on your success. I am just now beginning my quest. I have linked your hub to mine not only because I loved the 5 steps....keeping it very simple...but because you are the yin to my yang. Your hub gave me great inspiration at the onstart. Thanks and peace.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Thanks for the feedback, Golfgal. Well, I'm in the April hubchallenge myself. I'll see you around the forum thread. Don't forget to post your work there under Darksides comment. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I had to revisit your hub for some inspiration. I am on day #2 of the challenge and just finishing my first, so I am already behind. :) But, now I am inspired (as I knew I would be) and ready to continue. You're the best! :) Audrey

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Audrey, glad to help. I too, sadly,am falling far, far, behind...LOL I have surrendered this to whatever process I am going through right now and love that I am not feeling guilty or beating myself up about this.

      So, never fear. You will finish, maybe on time, maybe late...or you won't-and nothing awful will happen. In the meantime, you will crank out some hubs.

      Let's both have fun with this, shall we? :) Take care.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Excellent advice from an excellent writer. Well done Denise. You deserve the score of 100!!

      Voted UP, Useful and Awesome

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      100! LOL Now you see it, now you don't, Marky. Thanks for all of your compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Auntie D 6 years ago from California

      Good information that I know will help me.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Auntie D-Nice to see you here. Thanks-glad to be of assistance, LOL Should you decide to dive in you will be in good company and with a great group of support cheering you on. See you in the forums. :)

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      Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Great hub, Denise! I find your advice to be very fitting, and I'm going to use it to help me on my first challenge! I especially think the planning part is vital. I've been realizing just how much time can get wasted by not having a list of topics already made up to work on. I'm going to do that!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Glad to know it was helpful Bud. You seem to be doing just fine, at least at this moment. But, I guess it is always good to keep tweaking the plan of action.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Simple put 'you re born for success' no matter the odd, you come out successful. Am so glad i met you. BLESSING that is your second name

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are sweet, ubanichijioke. I appreciate that you have read and commented on this hub. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      DENISE, What excellent tips and advice for all of us hubbers. You are an inspiration and an excellent writer as well. See you on the other side (forum)

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Marky! What a surprise. Thanks for reading and commenting. You are a sweet man! See you in the sandpit.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      This is very useful hub. definitely resourceful for me. I have nothing to say but vote it up.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ian-thanks for reading and the vote up. Did you get your RSS question answered? Check out that hub I mentioned and let me know if it is helpful. See you around. Keep on going strong! You can do it.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Dee

      Im kinda..ummh...ok. tongue tied now. lolz. yeh! still going. Still struggling with RSS thing. Not to worry it would soon be good..

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Ian, What is your deadline? I guess I'll have to go over to that forum and follow you more closely, LOL

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      wow! I really wish i could do this! sounds super fun :) gald you enjoyed, and i will kepp your useful tips in mind, Thank you... voted up :)

      and now I hope your 'zzzzz' status vanishes :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I find this very helpful, Denise. Glad that you've shared. Will seriously think of trying one of these!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      I love this idea. I am saving it for my winter challenge. After the holidays there should be more free time to focus on this wonderful way to expand my writing ability.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on successfully meeting the challenge. You've posted some great tips about how to challenge our own selves. Voted up.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Shruti, LOL Yes, it was challenging and fun...and yes, I think my Zzzz's stopped and it has 'woken up'. :) Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Hi Michelle-thanks for your comments. Glad you found it helpful. I hope you do check out one of the challenges soon. :)

      Hello Starstream. By 'winter challenge' do you mean the new REVIEW challenge in November? I know when I did the 30 day challenge I had to wait until after the holidays. Thanks for your comments.

      Hello Millionaire Tips-Thanks! It was a challenge for sure but I'm glad that I completed at least one. :) The other ones I've started have not faired as well.

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      Good job, Denise:) I got a little sidetracked and spent much of my time tweaking existing hubs that hadn't been doing so well. Having said that, I do still have about 40 hrs left lol. I once did 30 in 9 days though, that was interesting.

      Have a great day!

      Kerry

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      30 hubs in 9 days!!! OMG I could never do that, haha. Well, I think I have 7 left to tweak. I think I started with about 2/3 of my total, no kidding. Thanks for reading and commenting. Take care, Kerry. :)

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Dear Denise, you are such an inspiration! I know what you mean by competition, it really has a way of boiling the blood and making things happen which otherwise would never get done. I have been toiling with the idea so many times, but I kept stopping myself, as I am an incredibly S.L.O.W writer. Hack, I am incredibly s.l.o.w in every thing I do, like I am some tortoise incarnate! I have read a few of your hubs about hub-challenges now, and I was even too scared to leave any comment, haha. But I really just like to say how inspirational you are to me, and I am sure, to many others. I just entered a painting competition and have a large painting to fix up and get ready for the next week, so I just stopped myself from taking that plunge again (even though your article really fires me up for the challenge). SIGH.....

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Vera-congratulations on your painting competition! That is a wonderful accomplishment. Regardless of the fact that others, including myself, have completed the 30 day challenge, we each have to find our own balance and right timing for this writing marathon. Additionally, it takes some pre-organization. So, take heart and when you find a month that seems relatively free of obligations than set your mind on the 30 hub challenge.

      Regarding the second part of your comment, that of writing slowly, I can relate. With the challenge, keep in mind that the word count does not have to be extensive...hit the minimum on some of the articles. Don't allow yourself to get distracted or interrupted. If you do anticipate an interruption complete the hub in bits and pieces-the photos, the first paragraphs, etc.

      But, I want to emphasize to you that this is a personal challenge and I know that the staff of HP would rather that we write quality rather than quantity. So, with that in mind, let go of the deadline if it ends up compromising your writing talent.

      I know you'll make the right decision for yourself and I hope you don't back down from the challenge if that is what you truly wish to test yourself on. It is a good way to 'push' ourselves to write more quickly. Best wishes to you and thank you for your beautiful feedback. Please email me and let me know how the painting competition went. :)

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      I really enjoy how you explain organizing. I am trying to get a list of topics together. I have the motivation to write. I think sometimes my problem is more "knowing where to start." Sometimes, I tend to be a perfectionist, so I don't know if I should research facts on a subject, talk about what I know, or figure out how to put into categories all of the information I have on my chosen topic. I guess I get overwhelmed by the vast amount of information I gather on a subject once I get going. Thanks for sharing the information on organizing though. That does help point me in the right direction! ~Michele

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Michele, I'm glad you found this hub helpful. It can be very overwhelming and actually, too much research can lead to a mind 'bog down' or over stimulation. Just think of when a computer overloads with info...it fizzles out.

      Tell yourself 'enough' after a half dozen researched places and put it together, or at least a rough draft, in a couple of hours. You can always tweak and then post it.

      In other words, don't belabor the creative flow of it all. Set your 'perfectionism' on the shelf for when it is appropriate to use-like maintaining the right medication.

      Enjoy the journey and the process. It is meant to be joyful.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I find it takes on average 10 hours to complete a hub--doing the research doing he writing, finding or taking the pictures, editing and revising. even when I tell my self I can knock this one out in two hours, it takes at least 5 hours. Some of my hubs have taken20 hours. maybe because I am new--8 hubs so far.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on your 8 published hubs, Catherine, and welcome to HP.

      I agree-a solid hub will take time, scrutiny, and patience. I've been working on my latest hub for three days...all in all over a week, due to my work schedule. Sometimes, the frustrating part is finding a block of uninterrupted time-which has been my problem with this one.

      Still, we forge on, no matter how long it takes, because it is our passion, and it represents a part of ourselves...no 'rushed' work allowed. :) I'm sure that your average time will decrease as you become more familiar with what has to be done. Best wishes to you, and thanks for your comments. :)

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