Today is the final day of my August blogging challenge. It all started with the post 23 Days of Blogging with Jason Montoya if you would like to know more about what we set out to do and why.
This challenge has been a game changer for me mentally. I learned a lot and it led to a mental breakthrough for me as a writer.
We’ll start with the lessons learned:
- It is better to write than to be right. –Daphne Gray-Grant
- You never know who will resonate with your post or how much it will mean to them. Just get the words out there.
- Write ahead of yourself by a couple of days at least. Just in case you wake up sick one morning or have a pipe burst in your basement.
- Doing a challenge like this with a friend can draw you closer to them and make you a part of their day when time is in short supply.
- Don’t worry about being original. Focus on clarity and purpose.
- Don’t get distracted by fancy tools or the “how” of your writing. Just get the words out there.
- Our Stories Free Others To Share Their Struggles
- Be grateful. Be grateful. Be grateful.
- If you are struggling to write, write about the struggle.
- Comparison is the thief of joy.
And now on to my mental breakthrough.
For the past year, I have struggled with getting out a consistent number of words each day on my writing projects. The list I wrote above with lessons learned were the main reasons it wasn’t happening. I was writing based on how I felt and when I felt it, not treating it as if I were churning out cogs on a factory line, which some days you just have to do. The struggle to get the words out in daily writing sessions led to something far worse than slow progress, I started to see my creative flow diminishing. My ability to tap into my flow has always been a big part of how I identify in my own mind and watching that slip away was leading to some very difficult days and weeks.
As I started day one of this challenge I said to myself “This was a really dumb idea. I started this challenge at the busiest time of my year. A time when I am working without end and just trying to keep myself focused and present for my current task.” This turned out to be the key to the kingdom for me. If I can write during my busiest time of the year, when I feel like I have nothing extra to give, then I can write anytime and anywhere.
As I passed the first-week mark of the challenge I got my “second wind” and things started flying for me. The quality of my ideas increased, my flow returned and my excitement returned. I woke up excited to get a post out there into the world. It was so needed and so perfectly timed in my life.
I would like to take a moment and thank Jason Scott Montoya again for challenging me. Now it is time to challenge you. Tomorrow we start blogging through September. Will you join us?
My Blogs over the 23 days…
Shoulders of Giants (what does this mean?)