Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)
TITLE: Where Do I Start?
By Judy Sauer
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A blank canvas awaits my talents to appear.
Before I can paint a story with words there are basics that must be addressed.
Begin with the end in mind.
Is a call to action appropriate? This impacts my writing.
Have clear objectives.
Whatís the purpose for the writing?
Is it information only, instructional, or entertainment?
Know my audience: their cares and concerns.
What will they tolerate, and their sensitive topics?
Distinguish need to know information from nice to know comments.
Focus on the essentials.
Do I follow technical writing etiquette or imitate e.e. cummingsí technique?
Content, deadlines, and unique writing style affect my craft.
What point of view am I presenting?
How many times have I rewritten the same content?
My inner critic rears its judgmental head.
Which is worse: fear of failure or fear of success?
Why do both feel the same?
14 seconds, thatís all I get to capture a readerís attention.
The bigger challenge is keeping them interested and intrigued to continue reading.
Time: a priceless commodity.
Managing it is my greatest challenge.
When so engrossed in a project, life goes on without me.
The sun can rise and set unnoticed.
When was my last shower?
A shower may refresh me and stimulate my writing.
What about bio breaks?
Think of these as reverse coffee breaks: what goes in must come out.
When was the last time I slept?
Why did I get out of bed to fix this page?
Just let it go!
Am I fueling my body with nourishing foods?
Or am I shoveling in junk food just for the taste or caffeine?
Do I know what day it is?
Oops, I missed a family event.
Iíll get a lot of grief for being self-absorbed.
Who am I?
More importantly, what have I become?
Iím a writer and make sacrifices as needed Ė but at what price?
My hardest challenge now is life abruptly halted.
Sudden health issues compromised my sight.
Fatigue is a constant companion.
I miss being creative, writing, and making the complex simple.
I mourn the need to abandon my writing dreams.
But those books must be written.
Thereís got to be a way.
Fervent prayers I say for things to turn around.
The writer in me wants to resume.
If I was writing my life's story I'd be healed and writing.
However this is God's plan.
In his time, I will write again.
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