Today Is the Last Day of My 30-Day Writing Challenge
Here’s how it went!
It began on 11 March, 2021 when I decided to devise this 30-day challenge for myself.
Whenever people advised me to start writing, I’d say, “I hate writing.”
My turning point came when one day I felt extremely frustrated about a certain topic and couldn’t get it out of my head even after talking about it for hours.
So, I decided to write about it as much as I could and surprisingly, that made me feel better.
I became curious to see if it was a one-time thing or I could actually love writing. That was the inspiration behind this 30-day challenge.
It feels surreal to finish this writing challenge. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it through But few things kept me going.
Apart from seeing how far my love for writing would last, I also wanted to test my ability to build a productive habit.
Before beginning this challenge, I did not prepare myself for the conventional writing presets. Instead, I followed my rules to make it to the end —
- Write about anything. No niche.
- Don’t worry about the grammar
- Stay away from “what would people think”
- Do not expect any outcome
- Write for yourself, before anybody else
- Steer clear of writing myths
These rules helped me complete this challenge.
I felt pumped during the initial days of this challenge. I wrote about topics that I wanted to write about for a year now. It seemed easy and I shared them with my friends to express my joy.
One week passed swiftly.
Now, I could think about new topics to write about, so I started extracting topics from everything in my vicinity. It was exciting to see how there’s an interesting topic lying in everything we see and hear.
15 days through and mid-term demotivation hit me. I started struggling to write about a topic that initially seemed interesting to me. I was having second thoughts about my decision to devising this challenge. I wanted to find a good enough reason to convince myself and quit this challenge.
But, there were two things that kept me going-
- My love for talking.
I have always enjoyed communicating with people and now I was doing that by penning down my thoughts. It’s bliss to be able to share your perspective on various topics without being interrupted.
- My stubborn nature
I don’t give up easily on things that I feel strongly about. I could not lose against building a productive habit.
Hence, I became choosier with my topics because they are the first way of increasing the motivation to write.
There were days when I published unfinished blogs, played with edit & save more than what was required.
But, slowly and steadily I won my race.
The other two things that gave me the final push, were-
- Reaffirming your motivation at every point
- To stop, right before quitting, even if you can’t see a reason enough.
I haven’t written the best pieces but the joy of triumph is ultimate.
However, I don’t think I would ever adopt writing full-time.
Writing is a very organic process for me. I could write for a month and then not write for the next two months straight. Choosing it as full-time work could lead me into forced writing and then I might go back to hating it.
So, now I say, I have a love-hate relationship with writing.
I love writing about things that I really want to share with the world and I hate writing when I have to do it for any other reason.
It might sound clichéd but if I could make it through with this writing challenge then anyone can.
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