Joining A Writing Challenge

((photo credit – NaNoWriMo Store)

Writing my first blog post after my month long poetry challenge felt a little odd. I don’t have a fun prompt to start from or a poem to challenge me, but this got me thinking about challenges.

I know many people are now jumping into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). While I think this is a great challenge and plan to participate sometime, I wasn’t quite ready to jump in this year after just finishing another challenge. 🙂 But I have several friends and many others I know who have joined in. Best wishes to you all!

Whether working with a group like in NaNoWriMo, my recently completed OctPoWriMo, April’s NaPoWriMo or personal writing challenges like mine to write every day for 365 days, writing challenges are great for many reasons.

I would argue the biggest and best reason to take on a challenge is just to force ourselves to get the words on the page. I’ve made great progress this last year having challenged myself to write every day. OctPoWriMo made me not only create but publish something every day. NaNoWriMo will result in many who finish or make great progress on their novel. NaNoWriMo has a great tag line that says, “The World Needs Your Novel”. I love this.

Another result though of jumping into a group challenge is getting to know other writers also participating. Both group challenges I have participated in this last year have led me to new writer friends and lots of new blogs. Fellow writers have so much to offer, both through encouragement, but also by sharing their experience and advice. Writing can be such a solitary business, so any way we can find to connect with fellow writers is real treat.

While true that each new challenge will lead to different results, ultimately all of us will get some benefit from having joined in a challenge. If you haven’t joined one before, I highly recommend. 🙂

If you have done challenges:
What challenges have you joined in? Did you like it? What did you get out of the challenge(s) you’ve done?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Have a great week, and good luck with any challenges you may be tackling.

Poem a Day – Day 22- Prompt is A Challenge

Our prompt for today was a challenge.  The challenge was to post audio or video of us reading one of our favorite poems from the month so far.  I love poems read aloud and while this recording is far from perfect, I just love the sound of the words read out – not just on the page.

The challenge for me turned out to be just finding a way to upload the audio file that I recorded.  I am not tech savvy enough apparently.  Ha!  But I *think* I have attached the file here.  You can let me know if it’s not working and I can try again.

The poem that I chose was one of the first I did during this challenge from the Revolution prompt.  It’s called “Listen”.  It was inspired by Emma Watson’s #HeForShe speech before the UN.  I blogged about the speech and the campaign, and while this poem wasn’t specific to #HeForShe, I was thinking about it when I wrote this.


A revolution doesn’t have to be
bloody and full of martyrs
A revolution doesn’t have to be
loud and all about the noise
A revolution doesn’t have to be
about God or Country

A revolution can be a quiet,
slow spreading wildfire of an idea, if powerful enough and the moment
kindles the spirit of the movement.
If the voice that is raised is strong,
brave and speaks a truth.

If you listen you can hear it…