January 1, 2021 – Day 1

Filling the Void

The first is always magical – it’s a beginning it’s the first footprint on a new world, the first track through the new snow – turning over a new page and opening a new book and what is to come – that’s up to you.

There are times I look at a blank page, in a new journal and I want it to be something special but I’m afraid to start because – what if it’s not good enough?

I have a lot of empty journals.

Today’s Prompt: What is good enough?

Author: mtdecker

Just your average writer- which is to say, I have a full-time job developing and testing software.

3 thoughts on “January 1, 2021 – Day 1”

  1. I thought I would be sitting down to write a piece of fiction for this and instead find myself wanting to write a reflection instead.

    If I have learned one thing over the past year of trying to be a more intentional writer is that when the story calls you to a direction you go with it.

    This prompt is at the core of my writing.

    My stories, particularly the saga that I have spent the better part of the pandemic working on – can be seen in one light as a meditation on “What is Good Enough?”

    Inevitably, the heroes I am drawn to, both as inspirations, and people to write about, that are struggling with this question.

    One of my favorite heroes is Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. I love his journey from itinerant Ranger to the King of Gondor. There is a strong undercurrent of his story in many of my characters, and especially Gavin O’Hara, who in the O’Hara Family saga, has spent much of the pandemic, helping to keep me holding things together.

    Both Aragorn and Gavin, and quite frankly almost all of the characters I have created on paper or in my head, have been people faced with the question of what is good enough, or as Tolkein put it more eloquently the journey to “become the man (they) were born to be.”

    I love exploring the journey of the hero…the journey of becoming good enough.

    I think this is because it is the essential human journey, and for people of faith, it is also our spiritual journey.

    That striving to become a man or woman who is good enough – whose life reflects the standards honor, faith and love that guide and drive them.

    In writing heroes who struggle with that journey I am can reflect and reflect on my own journey and struggles. My own questions of worthiness, goodness and devotion.

    Also in writing, I find the guide and reminder that in the end, being good enough is about being the man or woman we were born to be – and not striving to do, say or be more than we are.

    Joel Sandersen
    359 Words


  2. For those of you wondering – I am writing and working on the challenge, but the first few days of the challenge for me involve writing prompts. I hope to be writing soon… but in the mean time…

    Good Enough for now

    Flash fiction has made it possible for me to publish. It has forced me out of my comfort zone and into a place where you have a very short period of time to write – edit and post your entry. Add to that I tend to forget until the last minute – and you have a stricter timeline – so, if you’re going to enter a contest, you have to push that button – it’s one of the hardest things to do and you’re going to make mistakes.

    Roll with it. You are a work in progress. Why should your writing be any different? It’s always amazing to look back and see what was good enough then, and compare it to what is good enough now.

    It’s the nature of the beast.

    Whatever you do – keep creating!


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