The Benrik challenge has made me realize that follow through is a practiced art. One that I have not practiced enough. I have completed a mere 1 challenge since the start. The challenge was to write a poem and post it in a public place. I wrote a 4 lined simple masterpiece and posted it at the mail center for my apartment.
While all of the challenges in the book have purpose, they are impersonal. I have realized that my follow through needs to be practiced on things that are individual to me.
So today I am going to follow through in writing a draft of a personal essay. A few friends and I just began a writing group in an effort to hold each other accountable for our writing. Ever since I read “I Was Told There’d be Cake” I have wanted to publish a book of personal essays. My weakness, though, is that when I write down the stories they come out as flat as a solo cup of beer left out all night after a party. When I tell the stories verbally, I love them and they come out bubbly and fun. I need to figure out how to make the words on paper become 3-D.
The group is meeting in August and I resolve to have a complete essay done by then. And don’t worry, I will share it after I get some peer review.