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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: Things about the writing challenge that make you go "Grrr"
By harvestgal Ndaguba


Oh my, oh my, I made up my mind that I'd try to write something for every contest, though I can't always do that. Just don't have the time with all the young kids I have. I'm dead beat tired most of the time. So I stood there looking at this weeks topic. “Grrr” Grrr? I don't even know what that means. Yea, I had to look it up in the online dictionary. I was like Grrr! How in the world am I going to write a topic on Grrr? It's crazy. Every idea I got, I just had to say Grrr! and scratch it cause it was, like, really a stupid idea that would make a silly story.

Grrr! I hate when I can't think of something or I get stupid, silly ideas. You ever write a really bad story or poem and submit it late at night when you're half sleep. Later you read it when it shows up on the post and you're like, “oh my Gosh, please tell me I didn't write that!”? How embarrassing, especially, after they choose a winner and then your name shows up with the poem or story. You're like, “can I delete that.”

Sometimes, I write, just to submit something to that topic, you know. Just to make a contribution, not hardly to win. Then there's the grammar, spelling and the right way to write and all that stuff. It's like gnats flying around you when you're trying to write from unction, or divine inspiration. You're enjoying writing the story but annoyed at the thought of going back through and trying to get it correct. Some people enjoy editing, proofreading and all that stuff. Yuk! It makes me go “Grrr” when I have to look back over my work and start fixing it.

And you know what really makes me go “Grrr?” It's when you've written the perfect story, article or poem and you love everything about it. Then you do the word count and your like “Grrr!” I'm 100 words over the limit. So you go back through the story and start trying to cut sentences and paragraphs and by the time you're done, the story or poem stinks. You don't even like it no more. Grrr!
It's far better to try to stay under the word limit than to go over it and start trying to cut back. At least to me it is. Speaking of going over the word count. I better do a check right now. Oh, I'm still good.

Oh and you know what else I hate. It's when, again, you write late at night and submit it. Then when it shows up in the current writings you start to notice all the mistakes you forgot to correct. Like when you meant to write “write”, but instead you spelled it “right”. Or you meant to write “there,” but instead you spelled it “their.” That's, especially, embarrassing when in your section about the author, it says you use to teach ESL overseas. Grrr! Yea, well I finally took that part out in my section about me as an author. That's too embarrassing for all the mistakes I make. I try not to humiliate myself. I don't know why I'm spilling it all out in this writing though. I just put missions there instead of ESL teacher since that's what we were really doing overseas.

Despite all the things that make me go “Grrr,” I really like writing. I enjoy the writing challenges cause they make me write, just to submit something. Else I can go months or even years without writing cause I'm just too busy. But writing is part of who I am. It's me coming out. I know I need to write more. It's a gift that needs to be opened, cause write now (right now, caught that one), it's roughly wrapped and not many can see what's hiding beneath the sloppy wrapping paper.

I hope one day to glorify God through my writings, also to be a witness and to encourage His people. Grrr! I'm almost past the word limit. I'd better stop. Actually, I'm glad to stop here cause, basically, I'm done. Blessings y'all. I know... How can I submit something like this? But hey... It's me.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/05/10
I really enjoyed it. I must admit I was out of breath when I got to the end. I loved your energy.
Renee Polson02/05/10
fun to read and so well said...
Rikki Akeo02/06/10
It's the things we can relate to that really pack a punch!
I laughed all the way through!
Ruth Brown02/07/10
Thanks for the story of my submissions, only one other thing, when you go to preview, and then lose the article, along with corrections, six times! Bummer.
You're good natured, witty and write well.
AnneRene' Capp02/08/10
I absolutely related to EVERYTHING you had to say and loved your courage to do so! You spoke for many of us.
Edmond Ng 02/10/10
An unusual approach on this topic! I think we can all understand the frustrations you are going through, and you are right, the push is when we realize writing is part of who we are ... a gift that needs to be opened. So, keep on writing! It won't be long before you find writing becomes second nature.