Embracing Challenges

Yesterday, Opinionated Man issued a challenge in his HarsH ReaLiTy blog for fellow bloggers to step outside their element. This gave me pause to consider really stepping up to challenges in a number of different ways.

As well as being an avid reader, in my younger days, I was also a prolific writer. I even spent around four years as a newspaper reporter, though nothing else I’ve written outside that scope has ever been published.

In the past few years, I’ve reconsidered a number of times returning to the pen and paper, just as I’ve returned to books and reading.

Today, my own writing aspirations are the topic of my blog, rather than my reviews of free books I’m reading. And perhaps, just perhaps, Opinionated Man has spurred even more of a challenge than a single blog post – maybe he has also encouraged me to follow my further writing goals.

The life changing event that first encouraged me to return to writing was when a close friend had a stroke. Doctors gave her husband very little hope for recovery, but I had full faith in my friend’s strength and she’s made almost a complete comeback. Through the experience, I learned a lot about how the brain works and how important speech and language are to our very day to day lives. And I contemplated a return to writing as a way to share what I have learned, in hopes that I might be able to help others who have dealt with issues that might seem insurmountable.

In my writing in the past, I’ve embraced a number of genres – from poetry to prose, from fiction to non-fiction. Reconsidering my potential as an author, I’ve also thought about a number of opportunities – children’s books seem to be a quick turn-around and with two young children in my household, a boy and a girl, I’d have a built-in sounding board for what stories work. I’ve also considered a few non-fiction topics, from personal experiences and carry-overs from my newswriting days. And since I was young I considered dabbling in a bit of young-adult or even adult fiction.

So instead of offering my opinions, today I’ll ask for opinions from my blog readers – What are you interested in seeing from a new author? More fiction or non-fiction? If an author embraces a variety of genres, should they use a unique pen name for each, or write under the same name so that their works are easily identifiable as the works of a single person?

I encourage comments on this topic, which I’m sure will influence not only what I write, but also what I read in my future free reading!


8 thoughts on “Embracing Challenges

  1. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    You write very well and I am sure whatever you decide to do or write it will be good. Thanks for taking part in the challenge and for sending me the link! -OM
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  2. As I get older and busier and have been conditioned to the immediate gratification lifestyle we are subjected to – especially with media, I enjoy my information and entertainment in short quips. I have 5 min now and I might have 2 spare minutes while taxiing my children around. I think that’s why facebook and blogging really appeal to me. I am not confined by a certain genre, only length of information. My $0.02: same pen name, that way if I like you I can find you. Being accessible to children is a big plus at our house. I want to model appreciation for literature and nothing makes it more exciting than meeting the author. *hint*hint* I have children of my own, am the leader of a girl scout troop, and I’m a teacher – So anytime you want to virtually mingle with kids let me know!

    1. I’ll have to take you up on that virtual mingling, and maybe real-life, if we were ever to find ourselves in the same neck of the woods. I was super-excited to find a Kindle freebie by a former friend’s step-father the other day, so I understand exactly what you mean about meeting the author. I knew he was published, but never would have read his books. I wouldn’t have noticed it on the free Kindle lists, either, if I didn’t recognize his name. Then I was like, “Wow! I’ve spent a couple of nights in that guy’s house!” So mingling sounds fun, if I can find the 2 spare minutes (I have two, the oldest is 2 and I work full-time plus promoting this blog, so it may be a while. LOL). By the way, I really think you need a copy of the book I’m currently reading, if you don’t already have one – http://www.amazon.com/Twirty-Something-Young-Womans-Guide-Underwear-ebook/dp/B00FLXIQMU/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400876538&sr=1-1&keywords=twirty+something

  3. I got that book! Thanks! Can’t wait to read it. I have 5 kids (my husband’s 2 older boys 21 and 25 and a daughter-in-law) and our 3 at the house (14, 11, 10) and 2 dogs. Find me on facebook so we can stay in touch and we’d love to “talk” to an author! btw our neck of the woods is Fort Worth, TX and I always have a cold one in the fridge 😉 https://www.facebook.com/PretendTBN

  4. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored at work so
    I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch
    break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look
    when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, very good blog!

  5. Hi, and thanks for the follow at About Sketching! It’s great that you are feeling inspired to write. I’d try not to get hung up on what to write at first—just write something —anything—–every day, to get yourself going. The answer will come. In addition, you might want to ask yourself what your greatest passion in life is. If you can answer that, & you choose to write on it, my feeling is that you’ll be successful .

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