Oct 17, 2015

Challenge yourself

By Cassie Shiels

Challenges can be scary. Do we attempt to push ourselves when we are so comfortable as we are? The answer is we should. Why? Because that is how we grow. For writers challenging ourselves could take many forms, like going to a conference, taking a writing course, blogging, entering a contest, working on our weakest writing skill. It could even be something like increasing our daily or weekly word count. We are all in different places in our writing, so we all may need different things to challenge ourselves.

Well I am going to put it publicly out there and admit I am going to do something that scares me. Something that is a major challenge, something that I have never done or even really thought about attempting before. I am going to accept the challenge of doing Nanowrimo. WOW! It took me 15 years to write my first book, and now I am saying I will do it in a month. Crazy sounding to me, but if I do it, it will be so worth it, because of the growth. Thats why do we do it right? To grow stronger, to learn to be better, to prove to ourselves that we can do hard things. So that is my challenge coming up next month. I will let you know if I am successful.

My challenge to you all is to find something that will push you a little bit to grow. It doesn't have to be huge. It can be simple. It could just be to write 5 more minutes this week then I did last week, but accept a challenge for yourself you feel you can do, but will also push you a little. I know you can do it! And I bet you will be so glad that you did.


  1. Good for you Cassie! You can do it! Thanks for the challenge, as well. I agree. Growth takes work.

  2. As Yoda says there is no try, do or do not. As for me hmmmm I'm gonna have to find a reasonable goal lol


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