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Challenges, Not Resolutions

I gave up writing New Year resolutions a couple of years ago. I realised that if I don’t keep them I end up feeling bad about it…whats the point? So last year I set “goals” and this year its “challenges”. Yeah, I know, its just a play on words, and I can just as easily break a challenge as I can a resolution, but it just doesn’t seem to come with the same amount of guilt lol.

So this year I have 5 “challenges“, the first two are writing related…

  • Write 500 words a day
  • Edit some of my short stories and self publish a collection

*gulps*

Writing 500 words a day shouldn’t be too hard, right? I mean, I’ve done Nano (although, admittedly I didn’t take part during 2020)…I’ve completed the 100K in 100 Days (albeit a few years ago lol)…500 words should be a doddle…ha ha ha!

Day one, was a struggle, but yesterday…I was flying…to the point where I hit the target easily and had to stop lol. Today I’ll finish that story.

Then I dug out a folder of my old work (I have a few). Some of the stories are 10 years old. It was fun reading stuff I couldn’t even remember writing lol.

I’ve set myself the goal to edit 2 a week, and once I’ve got a few together I’ll ask a couple of my writing friends to have a read. I’m feeling quite positive about the whole thing (at the moment), but with a house move on the cards this year I know it’s going to be difficult.

But thats the thing about challenges, they’re not supposed to be easy, and I wont beat myself up if somewhere along the way they get broken…I’m in charge…I can just move the goal posts 😉

4 thoughts on “Challenges, Not Resolutions

  1. Looking at it as challenges instead of goals really does help, I feel. It frames things as more task-oriented rather than result-oriented. But yeah, semantics. Wishing you all the best with your challenges!

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