I did it! Every day this month I wrote 1000 words and a blog post. N
First, let’s take a look at the statistics
- 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
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
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:
- Leaving the EU won’t solve the problems that resulted in Brexit
- Jacob Rees-Mogg: Take Back Control or I’ll Take it Back For You
- God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
- Why I Write a Blog Post Every Day
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,
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 —
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…