This is Writers’ Wednesday, what better time to reflect on the Challenge? Words… Well, I learnt a new one: Ecdysis, and found my way back to an old idea: that of a space traveller who supersedes the old homo sapiens – and, naturally, she’s female and beautiful! Looking back at those posts they look like a weird bunch of scribbling! Some are not even fictional… Of course I could argue there are part of “research – hahahaha – like “XML” or “Yen”. Still, I enjoyed writing all of them.
Yet the real question is: is it worthwhile, or a distraction to the main task, that is, you know, the daily grind on the novel? This of course could be said of any blogging. Indeed the question behind the question is: why do writers – great and small – blog? Do all writers run a blog? I do not know but I know why this guy keeps blogging, and why the Challenge was good for him!
First it keeps the writing muscle(s) warming up nicely, in this case, first in the morning. I drafted the night before, and edited with the first coffee brew. The Challenge did not stop me writing longer pieces, and the fact that I decided to do a rewrite of the main “work-in-progress” merely shows I was not making that much progress on it anyway. At least this is the conclusion I have drawn.
Meeting other writers and bloggers is one of the nicest benefits of the Challenge, receiving and making comments, discovering new perspectives on writing, and, yes, picking up new ideas. So, definitely on for the next one!