The Problem With Publishing A Post On Medium Every Day for 100 Days
On facing the blank page and committing to your craft
I’m Day 17 of #The100DayProject and today it seems I’ve run into the first of possibly a few issues when it comes to the challenge I chose — writing here for 100 days straight.
And the problem today is this:
It’s one thing to take on a challenge privately where what you produce sits with you alone, and it’s another thing entirely to do it publicly.
Especially on the days where you’re feeling uninspired and writing one word over and over again, or shit that doesn’t make sense, just to say you’ve done it.
As I’m writing publicly here every day, I don’t want to waste your time. I don’t want to write shit for the sake of writing shit.
So I won’t.
Instead, today I just want to say that no matter what part of the creative journey you’re on, everyone gets stuck sometimes.
Everyone wakes up some days not knowing what to write or to paint, or whatever form lights them up.
Every creative person ever knows what it’s like to sit ahead of a blank page and not know what to write; to feel completely uninspired and then go down the rabbit hole of self doubt.
And it’s so easy to turn away from the blank page.
It’s so easy to use it as justification for not creating.
But I’m starting to believe Maya Angelou more and more every day when she said: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Forget the need to feel inspired and the calling of your muse and commit to your craft.
Do it anyway, when you don’t feel you have anything to say, when your paint strokes don’t come easy and when you know you’ll literally be creating for the sake of creating.
If you can stay in some kind of routine of regularly creating, you’ll learn to think on your feet, and the fear of the blank page will gently dwindle as you prove it wrong each time.
And you can.
So go find that blank page and make a mark.
And know what when you’re making a mark, you’re not just making any mark.
You’re making your mark.
And that really fucking matters.