I am on Day 35 of my DYSBWriting 365 Day Challenge. It’s been great so far!
I have written every day, as I committed to do, even the night I went out for drinks with the girls. It was about 150 words and was VERY stream of conscious free writing, but hey, that counts. And it worked towards a short story I started that week.
Here are 4 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing Every Day:
1) The time is there – you just have to find it!
I was wasting a lot of my time before this commitment and I never even realized it. I always feel busy, but I didn’t realize until I made this commitment that it was possible to carve out time here and there by eliminating some totally pointless time-sucking activities. Sorry, Candy Crush, but I will not longer be accepting invitations to play. I’ve also stopped pinning so many great tips on writing so that I can actually be writing instead. I can’t go cold turkey, of course, I am not a saint! Pinning pictures of Tom Hiddleston, for example, does not count as time wasted. Ehehe. But even with some time spent frivolously, the commitment to write every day has forced me to really be more aware of how I am spending my time so I can really make it count.
2) Your characters sure will thank you for it
Before this writing commitment I had gone several months without writing a word. When I started writing again I had to go back through and reacquaint myself with the story and the characters. As I began writing in that book again, it felt like the characters were taking their places in my head again. I could almost hear them saying, “What took you so long?” Writing so sporadically I often lost my vision for what that character was all about. Writing those characters every day, they won’t let me lose them again.
3) Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt
Sitting down to write every day sounded a lot more difficult when I first made myself this challenge. But as I started putting my butt in the chair every night and writing something down, not only was it not painful, it’s felt really good. I’m putting words on the page – for whatever they are worth – and I am finding the process itself to be almost necessary. The act of writing feels calming. I have a dreadful commute to work and I’ve found that this writing commitment has helped me get through it. I’ve begun working to develop ideas and explore possibilities of where to go next when I will sit down to write. Instead of just simply getting random ideas, which before I never did anything about capturing, I’m taking those stray thoughts and committing them to the page.
4) It’s about more than just the writing
Writing every day has made me feel more in touch with that part of me that needs to write. I’m feeling like I am a more authentic version of myself than I have been before this challenge. I’ve always felt a need to write. I’ve always had ideas for stories bouncing around in my head, but it has taken this challenge to help force me to get that stuff out of my head and into a story. Now, instead of saying, “I’d like to write someday.”, I can say, “I am writing.”
I am writing. Every day. And it feels great.