Day 30 of the 500-words daily writing challenge
So when I started this writing challenge, I decided to post each one on my blog. That gave me a push to keep going since each blog post started with something like
If I missed, it would throw off the whole blog!
However, I eventually did miss. I think I missed three days.
Didn’t write anything on those days. My excuse one day was because it was especially busy. And since I usually wrote late at night after everyone was asleep, sometimes I’d be too tired.
And a couple of times I did write something, but I didn’t hit 500 words. So I fell short two times.
One night I switched genres
I’ve been very interested in getting into audio fiction (some say audio dramas). Well, I wasn’t quite ready to let the world read those. It’s kind of a new thing for me, so I wanted the blog to stay primarily focused on the parts of podcasting I know.
I also wanted to develop something that would be like a portfolio of the kinds of things I can help people with that want to start a podcast.
In fact, I’m very excited to have written several “rules in podcasting.” Think Gibbs and his rules on NCIS.
But back to the fiction again.
One day I would like to share those stories, but I think they do need some serious editing before I do that. And when you think about it, even the daily blog posts on podcasting could be better with editing.
So there were several days toward the end of the challenge that I didn’t post anything. I stored them in Evernote. Now they’re waiting to be edited.
So as the month-long daily writing challenge comes to a close, I plan to keep going.
In fact, I didn’t get into the challenge simply for the sake of writing for 31 days. I got into this in order to push myself toward developing this as a daily habit from now on.
I want this to be part of who I am.
I am a writer.
I write every day.
Of course, I’m more than just a writer, but this is an important part of who I am. I am a communicator who wants to communicate better. Writing is crucial to that. I know that I communicate better after having written.
In fact, there were two events within the past week that showed me very clearly that my writing has benefited my ability to communicate.
One was in church. A topic came up that I wanted to comment on. So I did. And as I talked, I was remembering clearly the things I had written.
Speaking up in the way I did was easy because I had clarified my thoughts a couple of weeks before.
The other event was at the Podcast Dallas meetup. It was a Q&A session, and there were several new and not-yet podcasters there.
I was able to speak up and share insights and advice based on my experience, of course, but also based on the writing I’ve done this past month.
I got to say aloud one of the things I’ve become convinced about:
Technique is more important than technology.
So this has been a fruitful experience, writing something almost every day for a month.
And I know it will benefit you to.
That is, if you have a message in your heart you want to share.
Or if you have knowledge you want to teach.
Or if you have a story you want to tell.
Write just 500 words every day, and when you’re ready, let the world read (or hear) your words.