Call me crazy, but I just committed to writing an essay a week for the next 52 weeks. Why, you ask? Well, mainly because I need to get back to a consistent writing schedule. Since graduating with my doctorate in late 2015, I’ve been hit or miss in regards to keeping up with my writing time. I managed to write quite a bit last year, (I finished several short stories), but I know I can do better. This public challenge is a means of reminding myself that I’ve committed to writing specific content weekly. Putting the time on my calendar isn’t enough. I did that last year for my blog, and it didn’t work.
So, why is this crazy? Because like most of you, I’ve already got tons of stuff on my plate. I’m *gasp* working on a novel, co-facilitating a writing workshop, teaching composition and literature classes online, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of my tiny indie press, among other things. Still, I’ll find the time. This challenge is important to me; there is a special place in my heart for essays and essay-writing and I’ve wanted to do more of it for a long time. One of my graduation gifts to myself was a first edition copy of The Price of the Ticket, the collection of ALL of James Baldwin’s essays. Also, I can be a teensy bit competitive. While this challenge is for ME, it would irk my soul to see other writers completing it when I know that I could have done it too.
Finally, while I don’t know Vanessa Martir personally, I’ve followed her #relentlessfiles for nearly a year through the VONA/Voices Facebook page and I was inspired by her tenacity and her writing. Yesterday, when I saw her blog post about the challenge, I knew the universe had thrown down the gauntlet.
If you want to join in, here’s the link to her blog explaining the challenge: https://vanessamartir.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/52essays2017/.