My October writing challenge has ended, so I thought I’d spend some time reflecting on this month-long adventure. An interview format made sense to me even though it might seem weird. Yes, I am talking to myself. And yes, I am even answering myself. Please just humor me and resist any urge to call the authorities. Your willingness to play along is greatly appreciated!
Me: Why did you decide to participate in the Writer’s Digest October Platform Challenge?
Myself: It’s kind of a long story. Luckily you can read all about it in my first blog post, “Stories.”
Me: Oh, yes, serendipitous emails, stars aligned, etc. Tell us about the writing goals you were able to accomplish during the month.
Myself: The biggest goal was simply to get started, and I did accomplish that. I have a website, my own domain name (idabethgeschke.com), and a blog. I am particularly proud that I have been able post consistently. I was worried I might get busy with other things and drift away from writing blog posts.
I: Don’t get too cocky. It’s only been four weeks. Still plenty of time to get distracted by other things. You know how that goes!
Me (ignoring I): What goals do you still hope to accomplish?
Myself (also ignoring I): I want to increase traffic to my website and blog. That will take a lot of PR work which is difficult for me. I’m not a big fan of self-promotion or social media. Learning to navigate beyond Facebook is quite a challenge. I also want to spend more time as a participant in the writing community. There are so many great writers out there, and I know I can learn a lot by interacting with them online and in person.
I: As long as we’re talking about goals, let’s not forget about cleaning out the garage and saving more money.
Myself: We’re talking about writing goals.
I: Hey, goals are goals. Just sayin’.
Me: Speaking of money, do you think you will eventually make money with your writing?
Myself: I’ve learned that when you do something for money it becomes a “job,” which can often be the opposite of “fun.” I guess it would be nice to supplement my income with my writing, but it would need to be a happy accident rather than a goal.
I: What? No money?
Me: I get it. You want to focus on the joy of writing without the pressure of making it a profitable business. What was your favorite part of the writing challenge?
Myself: Without question, my favorite part of the challenge was getting feedback from readers. People have been so positive and encouraging. Their support has motivated me to keep writing each week and to expand my goals to include new projects.
Me: Please, tell us about these new projects.
Myself: Well, I enjoyed the October challenge so much, I’ve signed up to do another challenge in November. This one is more about the actual writing rather than building an author platform. The goal will be to write a nonfiction book in 30 days.
I: Thirty days? No way!
Me: I have to agree. One month seems like a very short amount of time. How will you accomplish such a task?
Myself: To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure. I’m looking forward to seeing the instructional materials and prompts that will propel me toward a completed first draft. Revising, editing, and possible publication will happen after the 30 days. It’s a short book, so that should help.
Me: What is this short book about?
Myself: It’s a holiday book for children and their families. Stay tuned to the website and social media for more as the project develops.
Me: I can’t wait to hear about your November challenge and to read your new book. I wish you continued success with your writing projects. Thank you for sharing your thoughts today.
Myself: It was my pleasure.
I: Thirty days? No money? Seriously?