This post is a challenge because I am writing without a topic. I am not familiar with the layout of this site, so I couldn’t find the helpful topic of the day, however, this is a good exercise in discipline and independence. Those are two of many qualities that writers need to be successful in their careers. Discipline is the number one trait that I think determines how successful you are going to be in your chosen field. From what I’ve read of other professional writers, they establish a work place and a work schedule and adhere to it no matter how many pages get thrown away or keystrokes deleted. I don’t know how much of a writer I will be or how successful I will be or could be. My writing experience has mostly been generated through school work with the occasional article in the local paper regarding school committee meetings affecting my kids. Writing just for the sake of writing has been rattling around my brain, I think my hesitation towards the medium has been fear based. Writing is opening yourself up to criticism, expectation and perhaps failure.Also depending on the format chosen, you expose yourself and make yourself vulnerable to more people than you normally would. I think that I am still at the stage where I need guidance and inspiration. I am still getting my toes wet and getting used to the writing regimen. I am also trying not to self edit too much i.e worrying too much about how the piece sounds or if it might offend someone inadvertently or if I sound stupid or too unsure. I know that I am enjoying this daily exercise in writing and getting my thoughts and voice out for others to perhaps read it, comment on it or not. This is exciting.