Writing every day is rough
487 words flowed from pen to paper before sunrise and not a single one was worth publishing. I thought about them all day, wondering if I should try to edit them into something worth reading or simply start again from scratch. I had committed to publish an article today and I was going to follow through on that commitment even though I didn’t feel like it.
The sun is now setting and I hardly feel closer to having something worth saying. It’s my mood keeping me back, not actually having nothing to say. I write another 1,043 words and still can only criticize them. So I begin yet again.
Writing isn’t always beautiful, but even when it’s rough it’s worth it.
There’s a reason a first draft is often called “rough.” Beginnings usually are. These rough beginnings are valuable whether they are later edited into something beautiful or simply fulfill the purpose of clearing the writer’s head.
Today I’m going to be vulnerable and show you mine.
Here are the 487 words I wrote this morning. Looking over them again I can see some decent content hidden in the messiness. Maybe I’ll revisit them and edit them into something worth publishing for its own sake at some point. For now I will share them as a reminder that rough drafts are okay.
I think the first serious writing challenge I took up was NaNoWriMo: the challenge to write a short novel in a month. 50K words in 30 days; 1667 words every single day unless you wanted to try to write more to catch up. Sometimes I had to.
Pushing myself to write 5000…even 10,000 words in a single day in order to catch up to a goal that would have easily met that I could have easily reached by writing a considerably smaller amount daily taught me the value of a writing *habit.*
It only takes writing 2xxx words every single day to write a million in a year.
One million words Even the fastest typist in the world couldn’t write a million word sin a day. Yet if a person simply sits down to write yet if I were to build the simple habit of sitting down to writ every day it wouldn’t take me all that long to break a million.
Imagine what a million words could represent. Articles, books, courses… How much could How many people could I help, How many lives could I improve if I wrote a million words?
Word count has never been my primary motivator. That Nano challenge also taught me how to pad my word count and that left a bad taste in my mouth.
Still it isn’t hard for me to writ a couple thousand words worth of helpful words a day. At least not now that I’ve built a writing habit.
And so yet again I come back to the clear fact that the really valuable thing is the consistent habit. Even if I only wrote one thousand — or even one hundred — words if I wrote them every day I would be so far ahead of those wo only write when they feel like it it. who only write when inspiration strikes.
Inspiration strikes the consist one who shows yup like lightning strikes the highest tree. If you When I don’t show up and to do the work I’m not rewarded with the inspiration. Sure, I get bursts of it periodically randomly, but those bursts are nowhere near as frequent nor strong as when I show up consistently.
This series is a great example. If I had sat down to write 30 meaningful articles I would have been overwhelmed and quit before I began. Instead I set the goal to show up every day for thirty days. Each day the goal is small and the task is something I have done regularly for years: write one article . I even have my topic planned out for me since I’m going through the course 30 day to better writing . The course isn’t designed to give you a finished publishable article every day but since I’d been through it once already I know the topics lessons would be inspiring enough to make a great jumping off point for daily articles.