Seven days as a writer

Self-Ish is one week old today.

For one week I kept a promise to myself, for one week I have been consistent with my writing. I posted a text on this platform everyday for 7 days. Tchassa Kamga will not be happy about this. I am not here to count days, but to do what I am supposed to do. Write. Nothing more, nothing less. But since I was so sure I wouldn’t make it up to now, I am here today to celebrate.

Writing to become a good writer.

For a week now I have been writing without planning ahead. It was all about what came to my mind once my fingers touched the keyboard.

Actually I am lying. I planned ahead. Beautiful and colourful stories, all made up in my head during the day, waiting for me to get my computer at night to give life to them.

But I failed.

I couldn’t give life to them once I got the computer. I couldn’t because they faded as hours went by. I was not feeling them anymore. So I had to let the fingers on the keyboard guide my inspiration. I had to let them express what I was feeling at that moment.

The most important thing is this exercise made me notice a pattern about my writing and myself a a person:

  • I am more productive at night or early in the morning after my fitness session.
  • I am now on the alert, looking for good ideas everywhere, in everything I see or hear.
  • I am more attentive to what people say when they are talking to me. I genuinely listen: one never knows, the idea for my best seller may come from something they say.
  • I do not know how to write long stories.
  • Good ideas fade if I do not write the whole story once it crosses my mind. Bullet points/half written stories do not work with me. I still don’t know how to “revive” them once the feeling is gone. The good thing is since I write very short stories, I should make it a habit to write from the Medium app on my phone anytime something cool crosses my mind.
  • I have loads of bad habits:

I edit while writing.

I let myself get distracted each and every time I am writing, and distractions break the flow. It is nearly impossible to follow up with the same idea once I got distracted.

(I just got distracted and totally forgot what I was about to write. I guess the list of bad habits has to stop here…)

  • I love writing.
  • I still have A LOT to learn to improve my writing.
  • I definitely can do better.

But the most important thing after this first week assessment is I am still here. It may sound stupid for some because we are talking about 7 days, but these 7 days where special to me. I did something I never did before. I followed one of Gary Vaynerchuk’s greatest advice:

I documented.

I unleashed the human.

But this will be for another post.

Hello, my name is Befoune, and I talk about citizen participation and empowerment in my country, Cameroon, on the platform Elle Citoyenne. My dear friend Tchassa Kamga and I created the publication Self-Ish to share our experience in self improvement, content creation and what we call human relationships.