Writing Daily For 33 Days: Everything You Need To Know
The good, the bad, and the helpful. A recap and advice from my adventure of crafting a new essay every 24 hours.
If you’re a writer — or at least a writer who’s trying to hone their skills — the chances are that you’ve been told numerous times to write every single day.
This way, you can better your skills, you gain experience through experience, and you also get all the bonus benefits of discipline, habit, and routine that come with writing every day.
The list is seemingly infinite.
But is it actually worth setting the time aside to make it happen? Is it possible to write every single day without running out of ideas? Could you possibly do something as crazy as writing every day?
Yes, you can.
33 days ago, I decided I was going to do it for a whole year, and here’s what I’ve learned so far.
1. You get better at writing
Writing every day for Medium over the last 33 days has without-a-doubt progressed my writing skills. I cannot put it simpler than that.
Before starting this year-long challenge, I had been writing freelance for two years, and before then I hadn’t written anything except signing the back of my bank card and the accompanying paperwork.
Through scribbling daily, it’s so much easier to find your own voice and your own style of writing. I used to love comparing myself to other writers on here and believed I wanted to emulate them.
However, now I’m happy in my own words, and I feel comfortable in my own authors’s skin.
Ideas flow far more fluidly than they did a month ago, and my formatting skills are improving daily.
Keep practicing, keep learning and put in your 10,000 hours.
2. You get better at life
While I thought writing every day would be tough from a creative standpoint, this has never been the case.
I find myself far more aware of what I’m doing in my day-to-day life, and I’m a lot more focused because I’m looking out for things to write for that evening.
This is a great way to help me stay focused throughout the day, which means I’m getting a lot more enjoyment out of life and the things I do. I’m then taking the time to self-reflect in the evenings on my day – which is basically journaling – bringing about so many inspiring and enlightening benefits.
These include developing habits, fixating a productive routine, increasing overall productivity, ridding myself of bad habits, and generally looking after myself better.
3. You meet amazing people
As I’m posting more, my views are on a gradual rise, and the follower count is rising ever-so-slowly.
However, I’ve always had the mindset of not writing for the views or the claps (feel free to do so), but for the responses.
The responses and comments are the part of your content where you can engage in conversation with the people you’re connecting with; and wow have I met some amazing people.
In all honesty, there are very few people in my life which have a similar mindset, and those that do I don’t often see since they’re grinding their hustle and me grinding mine.
However, through Medium I’ve met some amazingly inspiring individuals from all over the world, and I can’t wait to keep building relationships with them.
4. You get a break from life
Meditation is something I can’t stop harping on about, simply because I love how beneficial is it to our physical and mental well-being.
However, if you’re not into meditation, or it doesn’t seem like something you want to get into, that’s okay; writing can provide you with similar benefits.
When you sit down to write, you’re taking the time out away from social media, digital media and television, shutting off from the world and being alone with your thoughts.
Personally, I like to write the first draft in silence on my computer, have a cup of tea, sit out on my patio and edit on my phone at 11pm every night.
It’s calming, it’s serene, and it’s by far the best way to end a day.
While writing every day for the last month has opened so many doors for me — and continues to do so every day -, as with all things in life, where there’s good, there is bad;
1. Quality declines
Before this month, I may have been writing a piece a week for Medium.
This means I’ve had more than enough time to edit, redraft, scrap it about five times and finally force myself to be happy with the final piece.
Now I’m writing and uploading at the end of every day and trying to retain quality. I have no idea how vloggers like Casey Neigstat were able to upload high-quality vlogs to YouTube every single day for two years.
It’s hard work and dedication.
While I plan to get back on writing one piece a week as well as these daily posts, it’s hard to fit in a well-researched and finally tuned piece every 24 hours.
Maybe it will come with time; I’ll keep you posted.
2. You won’t write daily
While this is post 34, I should be on post 37 because I actually missed three days.
One post was because of a wedding, and the other was a lazy Saturday/Sunday. I’m making the days up, but I knew this would happen at least once.
While it’s natural to feel disappointed in yourself that you missed a day or two, remember to celebrate the amazing things that you have done.
Even though I missed four days, I’ve also written 33 more posts than I would have normally written, each one providing me with more and more experience.
Celebrate the little things.
3. Some pieces are rushed
Hand in hand with everything I’ve said above, I’ve had pieces that I’ve thought were pretty good make pretty no impact with my readers. and others I rushed through and were really popular.
From that perspective, you’re never going to know.
However, some pieces I’ve been kind of ashamed to put out because I know they were rushed and I was editing at 2am when I wanted to sleep but I needed to post for that day, and that’s a hard decision to make.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day, I’m doing this writing project for me and me alone. With this mindset, the fact you’re writing to gain experience and all the other benefits listed above, what does it matter if you’re posting because you want to post?
Do what you need to do and what think is right and believe in yourself and the choices you’re making. Whether you do or don’t want to post something is completely up to you, and nobody is going to think badly of you either way.
4. It’s exhausting
As I mentioned just then, writing every day can be exhausted, and it can drain you both physically and mentally.
Today, I’ve been up since 7am, worked on client work until 6pm with about an hour’s break spread out over the day.
I then went to public speaking class from 7pm till 9pm, spent time with my parents till 10:30pm and now writing the first draft at 11pm. It’s been a long day. I’m writing this piece because it’s a positive reflection, but writing at midnight about some deep, dark topic of your soul can be tiring, to say the least.
Listen to your body.
If you’re feeling tired and rundown, that’s okay. Just like you would do when you train and exercise your body and muscles, exercise your mind, push it to a limit, try and go further, but don’t damage yourself or burn out.
If you’re thinking of writing every day for a year, or at least a month, I highly recommend it, and anyone planning to do so, feel free to leave me a comment below, and I’ll give you a follow, and we can journey on together!
In the meantime, here are some final tips on how to get started;
- Make sure you’re sleeping properly (at least 7-hours a night)
- Make sure you’re eating properly.
- Talk about the things you care about, not what you think your readers want
- Tell a story within your content (you can send your message so much easier
- Set a dedicated routine for writing and posting
- Visualize the goal you want to achieve through writing every day
- If you feel like you need a break, don’t be afraid to take it
We all know that writing can be an extremely beneficial activity for human beings. We’ve been doing it since we’ve been living in caves; it’s that beneficial. Taking the time to write every day can prove that to you in less than a week.
If you’re thinking of starting a daily writing challenge, perhaps for a week, a month, or even a year with me, feel free to let me know, and we can support each other through every day!
I love to meet new people from all walks of life so don’t be a stranger! If not, then good luck on your ventures!
I hope this article helped in any way and I’ll see you all tomorrow!