Tuesday May 1st, 2012 Recap
“Are you kidding – I will usually think up anything to avoid writing!”
Well, here we are; what do we do know? For me, I know what I’m going to do now: continue to write! This writing challenge has been pure fun, inspiring, insightful, and… challenging!
Being in this competition and keeping up with it has brought me ultimate gratification. WEGO left me zero excuses (well, two really, but I refused to let myself use them although it was comforting just knowing they were there…). This meant that I had to ditch my I-can’t-write-today excuses and actually do the thing I wanted, but just never committed to. Once I got the idea in my head, motivating myself wasn’t as hard as I thought.
And the rewards have been so much more than “having” to write. I found people that were different, but just like me; I got valuable writing time in; and I pushed myself in ways that needed to happen. “Grateful” comes to mind every time.
Here are my takes on the final questions my crumpled HAWMC prompt sheet has to ask me:
Ø Which was your favorite prompt?
I like them all (except maybe for the Madlib!!), but my favorite has to be my poetry. I am very fond of my ekphrasis, “Tiny Gratitude”. I almost always prefer my poems and metaphorical stuff.
Ø Which was the most difficult?
In the beginning, quite a few were difficult. I tend to be a lazy person (in all respects!!), and resigning myself to sit down and write everyday seemed lofty. After a few days, I settled into a pattern, and felt out-of-sorts when I wasn’t able to write first thing in the morning. The hardest for me is almost always techie-stuff. I don’t care much for cajoling my moth eaten computer to “Please, please just work today – please…” and a few of the prompts were additionally challenging because of my un-savvy, unsavory, and unsatisfactory “way with software & techno-gadgets”. I have a lot to learn in that department. This is where this “challenge” has been the little kick-in-pants I needed!
Ø Which ideas will you reuse?
All of them! I keep a notebook, writing down anything & everything that passes by my consciousness. More times than I can count, these little reminiscences have given me just the spark that I needed; my finished posts, I believe, will probably serve the same function at some point and time. It’s all valuable – eventually…
Ø Who was your favorite fellow blogger?
I didn’t get a chance to read everyone, but literally everything I read was inspiring. I discovered and recognized feelings and struggle in others that I believed only resided in me; the camaraderie in just that was as therapeutic as it gets. I have to mention Amanda H. for pulling me out of the trenches (so to speak!! Ha ha) last night, and Sara Ringer was both a person I could identify with as well as a huge inspiration. Many of my toughest moments and feelings were mirrored in Sara as well as many of the other activists. Discovering all these similarities has comforted me in a way that I never knew could happen.
I hope these discoveries were duplicated for the other writers/activists.
I want to thank WEGO and all the activists who were so awesome to me. I don’t think I could have kept going without all the help, advice and kindness that were demonstrated. I won’t forget this competition or all that I have learned in these last 30 days – Thank you, WEGO!