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I did it! Every day this month I wrote 1000 words and a blog post. Now I’ve just got to do that another 12 times and it’ll be challenge completed…

First, let’s take a look at the statistics

This January:

  • I’ve posted 31 blog posts comprising 22,626 words.
  • I’ve written 33,380 words towards three short stories.
  • In total, this month, I’ve written 54,006.

I’m really pleased with that, but if you’re not convienced, check out the stats for yourself.

Admittedly, writing 54,000 words means nothing if your what you’re writing is bad, but just this month, I’ve already learnt a lot about the process of writing, and what and how I write has changed a lot as well. Read on.

Writing 1000 words a day is getting easier

On two or three days, I came close to giving up and skipping a that day’s writing, but through a bit of discipline and self-punishment, I got through it. One day in particular, all I wanted to do was lay down on the sofa and sleep. It had been a stressful day at work and I wasn’t in the mood to write. But I forced myself to get through my 1000 words, and I’d have been so annoyed at myself if I hadn’t done that.

Writing every day is getting easier overall. Those 1000 words are not the mountain they were at the start of the month, now it’s more like being coaxed up a gentle incline by Scarlett Johansen, even if she does disappear when I reach the top.

Perfection’s for losers

It would be so easy to pour over every last detail of every sentence. I could easily spend hours checking that I used exactly the right grammar; used just the right tense; and placed that semi-colon perfectly. But if I did that I’d never finish anything, and sometimes finishing something and putting it out there is more important than the end product being perfect.

Blog posts are getting better — I think

I’ve posted some real nonsense over the last month, for which I do not apologise. In fact, some of the most ridiculous posts have been the most fun to write. Dabbling in the creative process is often more exciting than the subject matter on which you’re writing.

I have posted a few blog posts that I’m really proud of These kind of came out of nowhere:

And here are a few posts which are nonsense, but I had fun in the creative process:

And a few are really bad (don’t waste your time reading these):

Planning your time out makes evenings endless

Before writing every day, evenings seemed to flash past. I’d get home from work, and the next thing I knew, dinner would be finished, bed would call, and I’d be back in the car on the way to work again. Now that I prioritise to make sure I leave enough time for writing — no more collapsing on the sofa — it means the evenings seem to last a lot longer, and I have a lot more productive time in the evening.

My writing is improving…I think

When I look back at some of the blog posts I wrote earlier in the month, it feels like they were written by another person. I recognise the writing, but it feels like they were written a decade ago.

Disipline is essential. Motivation counts for nothing.

The only thing you have to do is write. Forget about running out of ideas, ideas come; Forget about being too tired or too busy to write, there’s no such thing — write at the dinner table if you need to; Forget about that voice inside you that insists you’re a bad writer, you’re not trying to write Shakespeare.

By giving yourself a deadline, and being disciplined enough to meet it, means you have to put something out there, rubbish or not.

And if you’re interested…

Here are a few other writing lessons that I’ve learnt this month

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