Have you ever noticed how when you focus your attention on something, that thing grows? It works for both bad and good: you focus on your fears, and you become paralyzed with terror, or you focus on your co-worker’s faults and those minor flaws balloon into defects of character. And the good? If you give attention to your garden – if you water, prune, prop up seedlings, talk to the flowers – your plants flourish; if you carve time for exercise, your body becomes stronger; and if you declare 2014 to be The Year of the Craft, if you put your head down and dedicate your writing year to craft-work, your writing life expands beyond the borders of your blog.
At least that’s what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I received an email from Krista, an editor at WordPress.com, asking if I would be interested in writing a guest post for The Daily Post‘s Weekly Writing Challenge. The Weekly Writing Challenge, published every Monday, is a craft-focused prompt intended to spur the blogger into new writing territory. I’ve participated in previous challenges, and when I received Krista’s email asking if I’d like to write one (hello craft-work universe!), I wondered if I should mute my enthusiasm and act all professional by responding with a “Thank you for the invitation. I would be happy to consider writing an installment.” Instead I wrote something to the effect of “YES! YES! YES!”
This is why I don’t get paid.
Anyway, the challenge I wrote – Weekly Writing Challenge: Object – is live today, and I hope you will play along. It was inspired by dozens of prompt-based generative writing sessions with my writing group, in writing workshops, and at my desk at 6:00 am, rubbing sleep from my eyes, wondering what I’ll write about while I pull a slip of paper from a gold and white Chinese tea tin.
If you are looking for tips to get you started, try this post:
Five Tips for getting words on the page
Thank you again to Krista, Michelle, and the editorial team at WordPress.com for thinking of me. I hope I did y’all proud.
11 thoughts on “Join me for a writing challenge at The Daily Post”
This is interesting. I came to realise that what you need to give back is right there at the source. The fountain where we all drink from. Thanks for your ‘like’
i don’t know if you’ve read this book, zen in the art of writing, by ray bradbury. it’s very good.
Click to access zen_in_the_art_of_writing.pdf
I have not read that one – I’m adding it to my list. Thanks so much!
Just read this post and the feature post.
Proud to know you.
This was a lovely challenge Andrea, and it fitted perfectly with the photo of the weal winter sun which I caught on my way home from a dog walk yesterday. How fabulous to be contacted and asked to do this…..like being touched by the wordpress finger of God 🙂
And now I’ve discovered your wonderful blog….so it’s all good!
Great idea: I have added mine to the list!
Andrea, thank you for this challenge. I’ve been empty. Too much surgery and tiredness and frustration. I’ve been devouring books, missing my students, and working on my master’s degree. Yet I missed your posts and reading your beautifully simple mastery of language. it always inspired. So I’m prayerfully considering the challenge. But I will be reading and watching your writing develop and grow. I look forward to your first book of essays. Really.
I do hope you’ll write something for the challenge. You’ve always got wonderful things to say. Thank you so much for your support.
Andrea, I did it! I don’t think it went through though. I did the pingback linking, but I didn’t see it listed as a response. Here it is though. Thanks for your encouragement. I’ll get it to work next time.
I’ve worked hard on making this a new way of approaching writing. I think with practice this could be inspiring for many stories. Thank you for taking the tine to post this.
I loved the journey this prompt took me on. It highlighted how often one thing sparks off a whole big thing! Thank you for all the pointers. The prompt posts I have read are moving, funny and brilliant!
all good things
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