For the last 10 days (as of yesterday) I’ve been writing at least 500 words a day.
I “signed up” for a writing challenge over Spring Break, because that’s the kind of thing I do. The challenge, created by Jeff Goins, is to write at least 500 words a day for 31 days. Jeff sends daily emails with prompts to help the writing process along, but no one is required to follow them. The only requirement is that you write 500 words a day.
The experience thus far had been easier than I expected, and challenging in ways I didn’t expect.
What I’ve found is that it’s fairly easy for me to write 500 words, especially if I don’t try to edit my thoughts too much. The challenge, truthfully, is that I tend to want to craft something worth reading instead of focusing on letting the words flow from my brain to paper.
Mostly, however, the challenge has been to find time to sit down and write.
During Spring Break, oh so glorious Spring Break, this was not an issue. I wrote when I felt like it, whether it was early, late, or right in the middle of the day. If a topic came to mind, and if I had time (who am I kidding, OF COURSE I had time), I sat down and wrote.
With work back in full swing however, this poses a challenge. The big chunk of my day is spent at work, running errands after work, literally running, or generally doing other things. Writing it seems, gets forgotten until the last minute, when just before bed I remember that I need to spit out 500 words.
Nevertheless, the experience has been gratifying thus far.
I find myself reading what I’ve written, and enjoying the rawness of it. I get the sense that my voice is becoming clearer in my writing, which is remarkable because I tend to think the person who writes is usually the last person to “hear themselves” in their writing.
So why am I sharing this with you? Because if you are at all remotely interested in writing, I think you should do it too. In fact, if you haven’t been completely bored to tears by what I’ve written thus far, you should join the challenge as well. Anyone can join anytime!
You don’t have to be “good at writing”. You don’t have to be an accomplished writer, or even have aspirations to be such. Just write!
Even if “signing up” for a challenge isn’t for you, it’s still an awesome idea to set a goal to write every day. 100 words, 200 words, 500, or whatever. Writing is good for the soul.
So pick a topic, and sit down and write.
Just let the random things floating around in your head flow through your fingertips and onto your screen. Don’t judge what you’ve written, just keep writing.
Do this regularly, and you’ll find that it gets easier and easier. You’ll find your voice, and you’ll find that in fact, you are quite the writer.
This post was my 500 words for day 10; just 21 days to go.