Posted in Poetry, Writing

Hosting a Writing Challenge-What I Learned

First of all, THANK YOU, to everyone that joined me in this challenge!  Please be sure to check out these lovely blogs!

Dawn Benedict

KS Woods

The Reluctant Poet

Poetisatinta

Thank You to everyone that had the patience to READ my posts in January.  Not all of them were pretty.

When I first came up with the idea of hosting this Writing Challenge, I didn’t really think about how involved it would be.  I simply thought it would be fun and it would be a good way for me to be more disciplined and to write more

I did have fun and I’ve gained a lot of insight and have a lot more respect for those that do this on a regular basis.

Maybe I should have started out with just hosting a weekly challenge instead of one that goes for an entire month!  But no, I had to go big or go home! 🙂

The results of this challenge, for me, produced 22 regular posts (the Number I was shooting for) and 12 promotional/roundups for a total of 34 posts. 

Since I put my foot in my mouth and not only came up with this challenge, but set my number at 22 posts, I did feel a sense of pressure to get those posts done.  But, it turns out that I work well under pressure. 🙂  There are a few posts that I did in January, on the spur of the moment, that came out, to me, surprisingly well!  

The Penalty I wrote in just a few minutes and didn’t like it when I was done with it, but posted it anyway. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of my better poems for the month.

Welcome The Light I did not like at all. The idea that I had in my head did not translate to the page. It received a good response to readers, according to the views and comments received.

The Mirror While not liking it when I wrote this, I did end up really liking this piece. This was just a stream of consciousness  piece. I just started writing and this is what came! Maybe I need to do more of this type of writing!

“Holding my feet to the fire”, so to speak, has paid off for me.  But I think that from now on, I will leave hosting a writing challenge to others.  There are many people on WordPress that do this very, very well and the next time I need inspiration, I will seek out one of these awesome people’s blogs.  

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Last Days-#Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Starts the Last 2 Days of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

It’s NOT too late to join in!  Just Name Your Number (for the remainder of the month)! See below for details. 

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

**Just about everyone that has joined this challenge has had trouble with pingbacks.  They simply do not work all of the time.  To be sure that your post reaches me, please leave a link to your post in the comments below. 

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • REBLOG this post on your blog.
  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so I can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below in any of my posts.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of the remaining posts for this month on Thursday February 2nd.   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Week 4-#Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Starts Week 4 of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

It’s NOT too late to join in!  Just Name Your Number (for the remainder of the month)! See below for details. 

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

**Just about everyone that has joined this challenge has had trouble with pingbacks.  They simply do not work all of the time.  To be sure that your post reaches me, please leave a link to your post in the comments below. 

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • REBLOG this post on your blog.
  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so I can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below in any of my posts.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Don’t Fall in Love With a Writer



Don't fall in love with a writer, 
a dreamer, a poet.  

They'll pour out 
their heart on paper, 

scribbling promises of love, 
riches and nights spent in bliss.  

This idealist, would rather be in 
the imaginary world they've created, 

weaving magical spells 
and capturing imaginations.  

In this world, every moment can be 
the romantic rapture we all seek, 

or the excitement 
of adventures untold.  

They spend their time daydreaming of 
the next chapter, the next verse.  

You see, reality could never measure up 
to the fantasies they create 
for themselves.  

Don't fall in love
with a writer.

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved
#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in!
Posted in Poetry, Writing

Week 3-#Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Starts Week 3 of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

It’s NOT too late to join in!  Just Name Your Number (for the remainder of the month)! See below for details. 

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

**Just about everyone that has joined this challenge has had trouble with pingbacks.  They simply do not work all of the time.  To be sure that your post reaches me, please leave a link to your post in the comments below. 

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • REBLOG this post on your blog.
  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so I can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below in any of my posts.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Week 2-#Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Starts Week 2 of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

Do you want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

It’s NOT too late to join in!  Just Name Your Number (for the remainder of the month)! See below for details. 

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • REBLOG this post on your blog.
  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so I can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below in any of my posts.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Is Day One of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

Do you want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Do you want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?  

Day One of this Challenge is Monday, January 2nd.  

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2022 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Do you want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?  

Day One of this Challenge is Monday, January 2nd.  

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Do you want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?  

Day One of this Challenge is Monday, January 2nd.  

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson