Category: Challenges and Competitions

Challenges and Competitions

Writing Challenge Grows Up Writing Abilities

A good Writing challenge pushes me to look beyond what I am doing. It stretches my word usage and focus. It builds up and hones my skills. I LOVE challenges. I have been involved with groups that had weekly challenges that focused on fiction – because they were fiction writing groups. I have used some …

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The Son Who Chased a Dream – a Short Story by Kathryn C Lang

The Son that Chased a Dream A Short Story by Kathryn C. Lang The young man watched as his older brother finished the daily chores. He groaned. David always finished first and he was left to work alone. Despite his efforts, his smaller size and weaker upper body meant that David could finish first. “Ha!” …

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do – a Short Story

“He’s down there again.” Jeannie’s neighbor stood by their dorm window and looked down at the quad below. He was sitting at a picnic table, right under the street light. He had his back to the dorm, but it still felt like he was watching. Jeannie did not even bother to get up. “I’m getting …

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Know Your Why to Grow Your Writing

Building You Writing Career – January 30, 2012 Challenge Know your why for writing. Knowing the reasons behind your words can be the key to reaching your writing success or stalling out in the climb. There are so many different directions you can take with writing that it is easy to get lost. There are …

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Act Now to Become a Writer

Nothing happens until something happens. My dream for years was to be a writer. I thought about writing and even wrote about writing in my journal. That was as close as I came to writing. And then something happened. I picked up the local paper and saw that they were having a contest for a …

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One Key to Writing Success

One of the keys to the universe of success revealed itself to me today. I discovered that if I want to get some writing done then I will have to take time out of my day to write. I hear what you are all saying, “You want to be a writer and you did not …

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(Almost) Halfway through the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Halfway there (or almost any way) – the time in the NaNoWriMo challenge has past the two week mark and that means we are now surging towards the finish line. I already dropped the ball on one of my commitments. Writing every single day of the challenge will not happen for me. I missed a …

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Getting More with the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Creating a novel in a month should be a month, but I found that I am getting more with the NaNoWriMo challenge than just words in my computer. Pushing myself beyond my ordinary and expected, making new connections (and strengthening others), and even learning new ways to balance it all are just some of the …

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Keeping Momentum for NaNoWriMo

My desire to stay up until dawn to write collapsed with the birth of my first child. It took with it my ability to read a great book in one weekend, or the opportunity to pee without interruption – but that is a rant for another day. The excitement of the NaNoWriMo kickoff got lost …

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The Application Haunting – Another Fun and Fiction Friday

Getting connected or plugged in became a catch phrase for the church a few years back. My husband and I visited a church and were handed a sheet a paper when one of the ushers realized we were visiting. The person in me recognized it as an attempt to keep in contact with people in …