A 15 day challenge – yes, I’m up for it! I am a writer, after all.

Day one: Declare.  It sounds so simple, yet here it is almost 10:00PM on the first day of this challenge and I’m just getting up the courage to do this.

I declare that I am a writer.

To some folks who have known me for a long time, this may not be a surprising statement.  I always did very well in English classes. I was a multi-year spelling bee champ. I’ve proof-read articles, resumes, and papers for many people over the years. I wrote for an Atlantic Coast Conference sports blog for a while. Now, I  have this blog.  Originally, it just going to be a fun little project for me, but all of you who have been reading, commenting, guest-posting, and have taken the concept to heart have shown me that I am indeed a writer!  Thank you!

For those who know me in a different way – as the die-hard Clemson grad, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer engineering, who is now an eBusiness professional in Corporate America, it may be a bit of a surprise.  Generally, people lean strongly toward being analytical and process-oriented, or they are quite creative (yes, massive stereotyping going on there!).

I was recently assessed by a firm that looks at employees, their skill sets, their intellect, and their potential.  The consultant who met with me said that I scored extremely highly – because I used both my “engineering mind” and my “strategic and creative side” nearly equally.  Apparently that’s a rarity in Corporate America.  I don’t say that with the intent to be boastful; rather to acknowledge to myself that I am indeed capable of being creative and of augmenting process and control with “out of the box thinking” at times.  In the way that I’m defining myself as a writer, I’m requiring myself to have a creative side to tap into on a regular basis.

Now, having said that, this post is nowhere nearly as creative as the post that pushed me over the edge and out of my comfort zone.  You see, I don’t want to compromise the integrity of the “She Ordered What?!?”, so I was really hesitant to partake in this workshop. Yet, when I read my friend Jerod’s post (you may remember him from the epic first date story), I got so caught up in his uber-amusing story that I was completely inspired to take on the challenge.

Additionally, a newer friend, Genesis, wrote about what it really means to be a writer.  Indeed, “one who writes”, sums it up quite nicely, in my opinion.  I thought about the post just prior to this one.  It was personal, a bit vulnerable, and I felt compelled to share it.  Writing can be therapeutic. It can be inspirational.  It can also be fun; thus, the challenge!

For the next two weeks, writing is also going to be a personal goal, and a mission to improve my skills via the “15 Habits of Great Writers” workshop.  I’m sure the lessons will extend long beyond the fifteen days.  And, I’m looking forward to becoming a great writer – eventually!  (I also vow to make some of the posts less “informational” and more “creative” in nature!)

I also promise not to lose the integrity of this blog.  If you don’t care to read the posts about the #15HabitsWorkshop (as often posted on Twitter), I’ll try to make them as minimally invasive as possible.  “She Ordered What?!?” is first and foremost to me.   It’s my lifestyle, folks!  🙂



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4 thoughts on “A 15 day challenge – yes, I’m up for it! I am a writer, after all.

  1. So glad you decided to join #15habits! It should be a lot of fun. And hey, you can always guest post at Primility if you want a place to get something more creative, non-food oriented out there. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what the content strategy is for that site anyway. Right now I’ve boiled it down to: “Stuff.” As long as it’s leading someone on the path to being happier, more fulfilled, more balanced…it’s all good with me.


  2. Thanks, Jerod. I may indeed take you up on the offer to guest post on Primility. I’m pretty sure I can stay within the boundaries of “stuff”. 😉 Thanks for all of your support!


  3. genesismeranda on said:

    Yay! So glad you’ve joined the process of becoming a great writer. =) And you should consider coming over to “my place” as a guest! That would be fun! Perhaps after our great writer lessons? =)


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