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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)

TITLE: I Wonder If Ernie H. Started Out Like This
By LeRoy Dean
02/25/11


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Writing is...begins when any thought or idea for a story wakes you up...two a.m....three a.m....itís a night job...a day job... an evening job...a full-time job...ten to twelve hours a day... breathe!

I donít mind a minute of it...must be crazy...passionate...called to it...study punctuation...marketing...promoting...writing... making coffee...hoping for inspiration...waiting for a call.

Do I really have any talent to write...whereís my confidence... why am I doing this...maybe I have talent...hope so...need help...am I too old...too tired...too stupid...too smart...no, thatís not it...too whatever.

When will I get some sleep...do I care...lie in bed and write... body tired...mind wonít quit...where were you when the body was up...canít write lying down...computer is heavy...that last thought was stupid...or...maybe...brilliant?

Is that the one that will make it for me...was told not to go with first thought...everyone does...write a book...takes three years...will I live that long...do I care...great idea...whereís my notepad...great!...dog ate it...only with homework did that work.

Wish I could wake up...canít type when Iím yawning...look at all those bookmarked sites...better lose some...where do I start... computer only has so much memory...all that typing and forgot to save it...must be senile...just lost the great American novel...well, the first two pages anyway.

Marketing is...somebody elseís job...I have to do that too!...is it the same as promoting...heard that was necessary...need to set up a blog...what is a blog?...more money...great!...more research...wonder how long that will take...I am not a fast learner...lucky to finish high school in eight years...just a joke...I think?

Twitter...I need to do that...only 140 characters...wife says impossible...hmmm...do they offer roll over characters...just thought I would ask. Now what...more networking...how about face book...games or social...is there a difference?...wonít get anything done if Iím hooked on games...like Iím getting anything done now...wonder if Ernie H. started out like this.

Need to work...need to think...what time is it?...what do you mean supper?...canít be...when did it get to be daylight?...what happened to breakfast?...where did the time go...need to get out more...where was I...oh yeah, marketing...the word makes me hungry...maybe if I eat something...else...I can focus... chocolate sounds good...more coffee...lotís of it...yeah!... thatíll get me going.

Writing...marketing...research...rejections...learning...setting up...maintaining blogs...twittering or is it tweetering...is that even a word...maybe itís tweet...sounds like a bird...wish I knew what I was doing...on and on and...almost forgot...I need to get something ready for the challenge...think...think...think.

A writerís world...should hate it...but I donít...should leave it...but I wonít...I am a FaithWriter.


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Lisa Fowler03/03/11
You have "caught the bug" for sure! Great writing. Nice flow. Keep up the good work!
Bonnie Bowden 03/03/11
I loved the flow and content of the piece. I'm glad you didn't give up; I can't wait to read more.
dub W03/04/11
Great patter, loved the pace. You might consider avoiding exclamations - more than one in an essay is tiring. Overall, I enjoyed the piece. Keep writing.
Rachel Phelps03/04/11
Good stream-of-consciousness here. I was a little visually overwhelmed by the continual ellipses, but nice concept for this topic.
diana kay03/04/11
great thoughts like a free form stream of consciousness. i too found the ... distracting but i didnt mind the exclamation marks!! :-)
Verna Mull 03/05/11
Wow! You really caught a writers dilemma! Even if we are not real writers, we experience very similar thoughts! You did a great job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/05/11
I enjoyed your "patter." I love how you're looking toward marketing when you have two whole pages finished--must be an optimist.
Judie Stone03/07/11
I love this piece!!....I loved those too. Lol!!!! and those too!! Wow, this to me, is a winner!! I have felt this every time I wake up with a story, write, re-write, proofread, on, and on, and on! Clever, and well wriiten.
Author Unknown03/08/11
I'm glad you're getting some deserving good feedback here.

I also felt the ...'s were a bit distracting, but that's easily fixed.

One thing to keep in mind, since FaithWriters publishes some of these- there shouldn't be any reference to the "challenge" or "faithwriters" in the piece.

Keep up the good work :)
Helen Curtis03/09/11
This really does capture the somewhat "scatty" nature of, well at least me, and I'm sure many others 'creatives' out there. Whilst the ...s were a bit distracting, I feel they helped to show the thoughts jumping around (not sure if that's what you were going for, but that's how I read it). Well done!
Philip Barrington03/10/11
Liked it. The ...I found was good as that is the way I read it. That is the thoughts jumping around in a writers head.It is time consuming when a writer needs to think about what to write on a particular topic.Sometimes easy sometimes not.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/11
Congratulations for placing 8th in level one!