30 Days. 30 Posts
Getting back to writing again
There are quite a few things in my life that I want to improve. That I constantly tell myself I should improve. Eat better. Do more exercise. Socialise more. Worry less. Write more.
I believe that improving and changing habits in life takes time. I don’t like revolutions. Goals that are too ambitious set you up for failure. Small, daily steps are the most solid way to achieve something.
I decided to tackle my lack of writing.
Writing is a natural choice. I actually enjoy writing very much. I love being in my own world. Completely focused in front of a blank page. I feel comfortable there. I feel it’s my scene.
Why did I get out of the habit of writing?
I don’t have an answer to this question.
Being lazy. Being busy. Being too demanding. These factors all helped me finding excuses to not set apart an hour a day and draft a post.
I am highly demanding with myself. If the posts aren’t top notch I struggle to post them. I don’t enjoy writing them. I start thinking I am a failure and I am not good enough for this.
This is utter nonsense.
No. I am not saying I am a great writer or that I am stupidly wasting my innate talent.
I am not that full of myself.
What I mean is that I am seeing this from a completely wrong perspective. I am looking for perfection, but I don’t give myself the chance to practice. To fail. To try again. To struggle. To succeed.
I am too impatient to succeed in what I am doing. I set standards that are too high. During this process, I forgot the most important thing.
I enjoy the process of writing. I love it.
Writing makes me feel immediately better. It’s like an intense hour of meditation or a session at the gym. Writing boosts my mood and makes me feel alive like nothing else. Not doing it would be just stupid.
In order to try solving this problem, I’ve decided to challenge myself. I want to try writing every day. For a month. I will struggle, but I need to start from somewhere.
The next month will be one of the busiest of the year at work.
- September is (usually) a pretty hectic month.
- We need to start getting ready for Black Friday and Christmas.
- We will be launching our first Kickstarter for our new stationery brand.
- I’ll squeeze in a short break going to Spain and Italy.
This is what I call a challenge.If I manage to force myself to find some time to write every day I’ll be a very happy bunny.
One Question. Why?
Trying to gently get back into writing with a harsh challenge. Seems fairly counterintuitive. Probably is part of my personality. Full of contradictions.
I do think that my main problem is that I always tend to find a good excuse to avoid writing. Setting it up so I am forced to write every day leaves little room for excuses.
I have been inspired by watching Casey Neistat’s vlog. He’s an amazing filmmaker, but he decided to start vlogging daily. Setting up a challenge for himself. Daily is a very harsh deadline. It forces you to get into the habit of making things happen. No room for excuses.
I know that my English, my storytelling, and my writing skills are not good enough. I am sure that writing every single day will make me improve.
Repetition is the key to learning.
I know that I won’t be posting masterpieces. I know that some days the content won’t be as good as I’d like to. But I know that if I force myself into it, I will be able to improve and get better at it. I’ll eventually find my style and my true voice.
I don’t see this as an insurmountable mountain to climb. I am actually very pumped and I can’t wait to give it a good go.
I know for sure there will be days where I’ll regret setting this up. There will be days where I will fail. There will be days where I won’t be inspired at all.
Dealing with bad days and with daily struggles, it’s just life. Writing is a way to get over them. Writing might be a way to get the best out of them.
Even in the darkest moments, I need to keep in mind one simple thing. This is just a good excuse to force myself to find an hour a day to do something I love. This is what all of this is about. Nothing more.