Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pish Posh Challenge - Week 1

Back in March, a great blogger named Pish Posh started the Get Fit Challenge. In a nutshell, she challenged people to work on improving something in their lives and check in each week so we could see each other's progress, encourage one another and hold each other accountable. Plus, once you publicly put it out there and know people are watching, there is a little more incentive to succeed. Most people chose weight loss or exercise regimens as their topic, but people jumped in with a variety of issues to tackle for the duration of the challenge.

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It was a great idea and I met several new bloggers through this challenge. Plus, it was through that challenge that the idea for a book of bloggers was born. This book was released September 1st and I am one of the 17 bloggers featured. You can buy it here.

I believe that challenge in March was a huge success and when I saw that Pish Posh was doing a similar challenge again I had to jump on.

This time around I will not be tackling issues with my weight or fitness. I have been going to a gym regularly for the last six months and I am getting in better shape all the time. It's a slow process, but it is happening.

My goal is to be a better writer. I would like to eventually publish a book that I wrote. I would love to make money writing. Not just books, but as a featured writer on paying sites or in publications. I am not looking to get rich from it or even support myself in that way, but to make a few extra bucks would be great. Although, if I could make a living at it, that would be even better. I would never have to wear pants.

I have no way of measuring this over the course of the 8 week challenge (not the wearing pants part, that can easily be measured), but I can set some goals for myself. One of the best ways to improve one's skill as a writer is to watch tv write. So that is my first goal. For the duration of this challenge, I will post four times a week in addition to my Monday posts which I will be linking back to the challenge. That means five posts per week. Last spring, I posted every other day for two months and I could feel the creativity just start flowing. I want to get to that again and then take it further.

The winners get a free copy of ALL CRACKED UP. Since I am in the book there is no way I will wait 8 weeks to read it, so I will already own a copy. However, being competitive and wanting to win anyway, I need to think of someone to pass it on to in case I do win.

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  1. Wait. So watching T.V. DOESN'T make you a better writer? I knew I was doing something wrong.

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    1. That's what I'm told. However, I am more than happy to test against that theory.

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  2. I just wanted to pop in a give you support in your challenge. By the way, I read your blog all the time (just don't often comment because I read it in Google reader) and I think that you are already a great writer.

    Congratulations on being published! So happy for all of you!

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    1. Thank you. I do the same often and just don't flip over to leave the comments as often as I should. I feel guilty about that sometimes.

      Although, I think I just left one on your blog this morning.

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  3. Sigh. The writing dream. I have it. I just wish I had more time to just sit and write. Life sure does put a crimp in that dream. I forced myself to bang out the piece I submitted to the book. But it took a lot, beacause I don't generally think of myself as someone who actually writes.

    Good luck with the challenge. I think you are an excellent writer. You will be great.

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    1. Thank you.

      Lack of time is what has stopped me from writing mostly. So, I am going to carve the time out and force it to happen. Hopefully.

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  4. Good luck with this challenge. I can't wait to see all of the new posts.

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    1. Thank you. I need top start writing down ideas because writer's block will not be allowed.

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  5. Awesome, man. I made a bunch of similar goals for myself for this fall as well. I did a pretty crappy job with blogging this summer, so I really feel like I have a lot to catch up on.

    Do it!

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    1. Thank you. The lack of writing over the summer is part of what prompted this. I want to develop the disciplined habit of writing every day.

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  6. I have confidence that you will accomplish your goals. Strange that the more you write the more you can write.

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    1. It is strange that it works like that. When I was cranking them out during the summer, the ideas just kept coming. I never ran out of topics, just time.

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  7. Great goal! I guess one can always improve, but I definitely think you are already an impressively great writer.

    Good luck with the challenge, and I will happily read the spoils of your prolificacy (probably not a real form of the word, but it sounded fun :)

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    1. I love that word. It's quite mellifluous. I'm pretty sure that is a real word.

      Thank you for the kind words. I hope to have several great stories.

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  8. Haha! Wonderful! I love it. Okay we'll have to think... how else can we help you besides encouraging you to write four times a week? That in itself is a huge accomplishment. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

    But that will make good writing habits. The better writing part - you are a pretty good writer already! :) Maybe we can share tips on writing, or resources on writing your first book. Or even discuss plans for your first possible book? What would you like to write about?

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    1. I have an idea for a book. I just need to take the time to get it down on paper. At that point, I will need guidance on getting it published.

      For now, general encouragement will do.

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  9. Hi Brett,

    I just read your comment over at lily's and you had me laughing so hard!! I wanted to come over here and say thank you!! Congrats on your book and good luck with your challenge.

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    1. Thank you. I feel that I have to step it up when I am over on her site. I love her writing.

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  10. I have no doubt you'll be able to reach your goal. You are already such a fantastic writer :)

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  11. This is an excellent goal! Can't wait to read all that you'll be writing! I have the book and I read the table of contents. But it's been a busy week and I promise to read more than that really soon!

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    1. You have already read more than me. I hope to tackle it very soon.

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  12. I'm gonna call you out - because I can - and say that you've been telling us ALL SUMMER that your writing naturally picks up in the fall! ...so isn't that cheating to make it a "challenge"...hm?

    ...of course, writing more and achieving a goal is fantastic. I'm about to hop on that bandwagon too, if I've not missed the deadline.

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    1. And now the fall is here. Although, it doesn't usually pick up to the extent that I am shooting for.

      Would you like a personal competition?

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  13. Ooooh, great goal for this 8wk challenge. Get those creative juices going! Can't wait to read your posts along the way. :)

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    1. Thank you. I hope to start this daily habit and keep going with it.

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