Monday, August 15, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Don't just acknowledge the gauntlet...

Swing that bad boy with some authority!  Wedge that blade so deep that you use it as a stepping stone.  Go for it!.

What is it you want to do?  For me, it's writing.  I like it actually.  Writing, for me, is like having that crush that I don't ever have to get over.  When I'm writing, my mind is engaged.  I can hop into fantasy mode and write about dragons and elves or try for a steampunk angle.  Maybe delve into something dark and paranormal but not too scary because I don't want to frighten myself.  Such are the perils of having a vivid imagination.  Writing is a big challenge for me because I have to care for a rambunctious little one and thus, adhering to the whims of my paying gig can be a bit annoying when I'd rather be clacking at the keys of my laptop zipping through a first draft or toiling over revisions.

Writing is MY worthwhile challenge.  There is growth in writing, growth in craft, growth in getting to know others aspiring to make this more than a hobby.  It's necessary to pick challenges, just like battles, wisely.  Don't want to haul your gauntlet everywhere you go, screaming "Challenge" at the drop of a hat.  I tried that briefly...didn't work out well.  It became a weighted burden, not something I could rise victoriously to overcome.

So, again, what do you want to do?  Taking the leap can be scary.'s scary as the dickens when you're leaping from your comfort zone.  But it's worth it.  I'm learning more and more since taking this challenge of writing seriously.  It's a topsy turvy affair and I can't say things have been perfect.  But I can say everything has been worthwhile.
What's really great about diving into your challenge is that, in your growth, you become more -ers.  Better writer.  Better reader.  Faster.  Stronger.


Maria Zannini said...

I'm definitely a dive into the deep end type of person.

My problem is that too many things interest me. The challenge is deciding between them. :)

Angela Brown said...

You seem pretty good at grabbing the bull by the horns and commanding it with some authority, Maria. I'll be interested to see what new challenge you tackle.

Sherry Parker said...

Love it! I'd definitely like to think I'm getting better at the -'ers'. Stronger, faster, and a perseverer (ok, so that's not a word - but it should be. :)

Ellie Garratt said...

You have a great attitude, and we should all challenge ourselves in the same way.

My leap of faith is taking three months off work to write my novel, starting in September. But now that everyone knows I'm writing it, I have to do it!

Angela Brown said...

@ Sherry - LOL! Perseverer...I think I like the ring of that :-)

@ Ellie - That is a wonderful challenge you're embarking upon. Get those granola bars ready. They make a handy snack when you need to focus.

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