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Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hosting this Challenge this month has taught me to really appreciate those that do this on a regular basis.  It takes a lot more time and dedication than I realized.  

With this particular Challenge, I challenged myself to write  a new post 22 times in January.  So far, I’m on target.  BUT, not everything that I’ve written has been a winner.  In my humble opinion, a few were real stinkers. 🙂 

People say that to write and write well, you must write a Lot.  The more you write, the better you will get at it.  

What do you think?  Is writing like exercising?  You have to use it or lose it?  Do you “practice” writing? 

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Penny Wilson is an international writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

22 thoughts on “Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

      1. I am not either. I wrote a 200 page book in 1992. Been sitting in the corner. Waiting for a edit. My next goal. Took me three months to create ending for five stories, already written. The Hemingway and the Stephen King must have great discipline. In Cuba, in Hemingway house. He wrote standing up.


  1. I find the more I exercise my writing muscles, the easier the words come and the quicker I locate and replace those that don’t flow as well. Joining in on some of the challenges like yours, or the word prompts, or the write about X in Y amount of words really has helped me ‘work out’ more often and strengthen those skills! 💞


  2. Great question, Penny! I don’t “practice” writing, but I will say the more time I spend crafting stories the better I get at it.
    I’ve also found that reading and working with critique partners are invaluable pluses on the journey. As a writer, I feel that I am always learning, no matter how long I’ve been at the craft!


  3. I agree that to write well, you must write a lot. But even then, if you are writing only because you feel like you “have to” to meet some obligation, you’re not necessarily going to improve your writing skills. I write because I “have to,” my definition of that being my passion for writing/creating. I also think it’s important to read a lot because we learn from other writers, both how to write and how not to write.


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