I read this article by Seth Godin a year ago and thought it was profound. But I kind of resented the fact that I came across it because now it would be all I think about.
On one hand, this was the last thing I wanted to do. Writing every day, what was that for again? Writing better? Wouldn’t it be useless? It seemed kind of absurd. Besides, if my poor writing was out there, I felt like it would haunt me.
On the other hand, I needed it. I needed to rise to this challenge. The only time I saw myself being consistent was when I was doing 100 days of lettering, which was still ongoing (I was 70 days in?). I guess at the time, writing better was not really an intention as much as the consistency was, I was just asking myself how far I can take this.
So, I wrote something and posted it on Medium, not knowing if I’d be doing it the next day. The first few weeks, it was a little weird; uncertainty isn’t that exciting. But because I would come back to it every day, I started to internalize it. Today, I’m happy to say that I’ve been writing every day for a full year!
One thing I’m happy about is that this time, I did not let my ability to royally complicate things get in the way. If I was sick and couldn’t possibly look at a screen, I wrote on a piece of paper. If the internet was too slow, I wrote on Word. And if the electricity went out for some reason, I wrote on my notes app. Then I would post them all several days later, no big deal.
Finally, I see myself imitating someone’s writing most of the time. Sometimes it’s the esteemed Jordan B. Peterson, sometimes Mark Manson, and sometimes Seth Godin. This is something I need to work on. My guess is that there isn’t some quick fix for that, I will have to keep writing until I find my voice. I’m going to try writing the next day’s article and editing before I post, that might help them be more refined.
If you have any suggestions, questions, or recommendations regarding this issue, please do message me, I will be glad to discuss it.