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Sunday, November 14, 2010


Accept the Challenges

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” - George S. Patton

Writing itself is a challenge. Think about it, you’ve made the decision to pursue a dream, a deep-rooted passion. You want to get your words out in the world. Share your knowledge, broaden horizons, make a difference.

Next thing you know, the challenges appear. One person’s struggle might be balancing family and work. Another person might be dealing with a lack of assignments. Still another person might struggle with the fear of just starting to write.

When you step up and accept the challenge, though, you get to see what you’re made of. You’re stretched, you get out of the box. In the process, you discover new ways of thinking, new skills---and ultimately, “the exhilaration of victory.”

I had that experience earlier this year when I participated in Script Frenzy, April’s month-long scriptwriting challenge, which I did a post on here. I didn’t quite reach the 100-page goal, but I made the attempt, which was a victory unto itself. Many others have accepted the challenge of this month’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. They, too, will have their own stories of victory at November’s end.

What about you? Are you facing a challenge---or two? Accept them, they’re waiting. So’s the victory.

by Jill Earl

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