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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: Life Happens - Writing Is Intentional
By Ruth Tredway
06/17/10


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Life Happens - Writing is Intentional

My mother called this afternoon. She wants some help with getting photos in the right order for a scrapbooking project. I promised her Iíd come tomorrow, but tonight I needed to get an article written.

Iím learning that the most challenging thing for a busy writer is to write.

There are a dozen things to do when my computer starts up. Check email. Update my fitness log. Pay bills online. As soon as I finish that, I will have some uninterrupted time for writing.

Getting ready to write Ė to actually put words on the page, is another matter. After doing all of the little chores mentioned above, that will only take a few minutes, but add up to at least half an hour, often more, Iím ready to focus on the writing.

Where do I start?

A title would be good Ė it provides focus. Or do I need a thesis statement first? I had a great idea while I was doing the shopping. I hope I can remember what I was thinking enough to get the words down.

Okay, now Iím ready to write this article. I have a title, and a direction to go. I have a few sentences and thoughts formed in my mind Ė all I have to do is arrange them on the page so they are interesting for my reader.

I think Iíll take a short break, get some tea, while this idea brews a bitÖ..

Well, breakís over. Since I was already up, I moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer. And swept the kitchen floor. Itís tiny, so it doesnít take much time.

Now Iím back on track, and the article is shaping up nicely. I think an illustration would work well here Ė letís see if I can find something suitable. Or maybe a quote. Iíll check online for a suitable quotationÖ.

So far, I havenít found the perfect quote, but itís getting late. Iíd better get some rest so I can do my job tomorrow. This article will have to wait. Itís nearly done. I should be able to finish it tomorrow night.

After I help Mother with her scrapbooking.


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Mildred Sheldon06/19/10
A very big AMEN. Life can and does get in the way of some writers. Especially myself. Everything seems to call to me and try to take my attention off writing. Thank you and God bless.
Sunny Loomis 06/22/10
Sometimes it's hard to find time to write.
Good piece. Thank you.