How do I write every day for 30 days?
Sometimes, writing is hard. I know it’s all in my head. That does not, however, make it any easier.
I set off on a challenge a few days ago. I decided I was going to write a different article every day for 30 days.
Let’s talk about it. I do have other work to do. One of the things I do is freelance writing and honestly, that is in some ways so much easier than this. The client tells me what they want me to write about, gives me general guidelines, and more or less how many words they want. It’s like writing a paper for school where they give you a rubric, only you feel much more confident and you get paid for it.
There’s also my personal writing. I enjoy writing science fiction and fantasy novels. I want to live in the make-believe worlds I create. I enjoy writing poetry. It’s a place I go to when I don’t feel normal sentences can express what I’m feeling.
So why am I doing this?
ln truth, this started as a way to put myself out there. To start garnering street cred as the so-called writer I’ve always wanted to be. I also figured it would be great to have my writing out there when I applied to other writing jobs. I wanted to push myself and figured this would be a fun jumpstart.
But now, it feels like more than that. It’s been 5 days and I’m learning so much. It’s a practice in writing and it hasn’t been going the way I thought it would.
For one, I’ve learned that I can’t always plan what I’m going to write about. I could think to myself “Tonight, I’m going to write about X!” and then I’ll open a fresh page, start jotting down ideas, and fiddle around for about an hour before realizing that’s not what I really want to write about right now. This has left me with unfinished articles such as:
• Why age doesn’t matter but maturity does.
• Avengers: Endgame was just okay
• Don’t abandon your own ship.
• Traveling won’t solve your problems.
I look forward to finishing these but I’m also going to be patient with the process. I’m starting to understand that I can’t always plan that out. And even if I can learn to push through it, this is different than the other kind of writing I’m used to.
Given some of the challenges I’ve experienced so far, how am I going to get through the next 25 days?
I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep writing. Every day, even when it’s hard. I hope my writing will continue to improve along the way and I look forward to continuing to learn. I may even have a little fun while doing it.
You’re welcome to join me along the way.