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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: What Comes to Mind
By Melinda Wells
05/09/09


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“What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” I know my husband is trying to provoke the creativity in my head, but nothing comes to mind for some reason.
“Apples.” That is all I can think of, apples? So he proceeds to tell me all the “good and bad” characteristics of apples.

Why do I make this so painfully difficult? For months now I’ve thought of nothing, but writing. I look over past blogs and think about how good, no, great they are. So surely I can write a topic piece for a weekly contest, right? But someone other than me and my handful of encouraging friends will be judging this expression of my writing abilities.

“What if…” There are so many “what ifs”. What if it is a meager attempt at writing? What if it’s bad, no, shamefully bad? What if noone likes it? What if even one person gives me the harshest critique? Can I handle that, or would I lose all that wind in my sail? “What if…”

So here it is. This is actually the third time I’ve written a piece for the weekly contest. Only, the others never actually made it to submission. It’s raw and on the level of amateur, but if I never step out there how will I know? How will I know if my writing is good or bad or verging on the edge of something else?


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Stacy Wells 05/14/09
Just keep writing! Write from the heart...from the Spirit and don't give up!!
Yvonne Blake 05/19/09
Ahh... I was hoping for a story about apples! I love everything about apples...well, except the rotten ones and the wormy ones. You are right; you will grow as a writer as you keep on writing! Keep at it. You can do it!
diana kay05/20/09
I like this!