Well, the October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge is finished.  At least, it’s finished for me, anyway.  I’ve never done a blog challenge before, and this one was a challenge in more ways than I had expected, but I’d like to think I’ve grown as a result.

Some of the posts were a challenge to write in that I had trouble coming up with things to write about (my teen years and my early twenties, most notably), while others were a challenge because I had so many fun stories to choose from and it was hard to pick just one thing to write about (the early childhood years).  Other posts were a challenge to write because they dealt with topics that I’ve spent a lot of time blocking out or just plain not dealing with.  I don’t cope well with change, especially if that change is negative in any way.  It’s not something I ever learned how to do and I wonder if I ever will.

But sometimes writing can be therapeutic and it’s certainly been that for me.  I’m somewhat given to navel-gazing and let both my mind and my fingers do a bit of wandering in a few posts.  I experimented with humor writing in a few, too.  One of my friends told me that she kept getting weird looks from coworkers because she was trying to stifle her laughter while reading a couple of my humor-oriented posts about childhood, which I was happy to hear.  I don’t often think I’m funny and when I try to be, my efforts usually fall flat.

All in all, this was a fun challenge.  And it’s annual, so that means I can do it again next year!  Yay!  October is the perfect time of year for something like this.  NaNo hasn’t yet begun, and the holidays haven’t yet overwhelmed everyone and their brother.  By examining your own life, you can gain great insight into what might make a character tick, which could really help if you were going to sign up for NaNoWriMo.  I did it a couple of years ago and I think something preparatory like this would have been a wonderful aid.  I don’t think I’ll have the time to do it again this year, but maybe one year I’ll sign up again.  This year, I think I’m just going to focus on getting words down on my WIP.

Then again, maybe I’ll sign up anyway.  Maybe I could win without even trying…

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2 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. Jane Ann McLachlan says:

    I think you’ve really challenged yourself – and learned a lot. I loved reading your posts, and I’m so glad you’ll be back next year! I’m making a few changes, to keep it interesting, but it’ll still be in October – thanks for confirming that this is the right month for it. I really appreciate this reflection, and have enjoyed getting to know you.

    Jane Ann


    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I really enjoyed reading your posts, too, even if I was a little late in responding to them. I think what appealed to me the most about this was that it is so different from the other blog challenges I’ve seen. This was great fun, even the posts where the topics were kind of heavy, because I really thought about what I was saying. Not that I don’t always do that, but I was thinking about things differently with this challenge and I think that’s what made such an impact on me.

      I’m thinking differently about my character development on my WIP, too, so this challenge has been beneficial for me in more ways than one. I can’t wait till next year to do it again! 🙂


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