It’s the 4th Tuesday of the month and that means it’s time to join up with Carolyn and share how I’m doing with my 2021 One Little Word: Create.
The prompt from Ali Edward’s for this month was to pick something . . . anything . . . and set out to do it for 31 days in a row. I thought a lot about what I would do. I considered taking a photo every day but I’d already started that for the 100 day project. I thought of knitting every day but I mostly do that already and I wanted this to be something that would be a little stretch for me. I had other ideas that I contemplated and discarded and eventually I sat myself down and thought long and hard about what I wanted and also what felt do-able. In the end, it was this:
I committed to writing for 10 minutes every day.
I set up some rules about this writing exercise . . . blog posts don’t count, reports for work don’t count, journal entries don’t count. I gave myself permission to write about anything that came to mind but had to be 10 minutes at the computer.
This photo shows my progress:
I started out strong with 11 days in a row. Then I missed a day and then a few more. But each time I missed I went back to it. There was a time when I would have given up after missing one day. I would have decided I didn’t have the fortitude and that was the end of the project. I didn’t let myself off the hook this time, though. I persevered and, assuming I write today and tomorrow, I will have met my goal 24 times.
I wrote about all sorts of things. Sometimes, I followed creative writing prompts. Sometimes, I wrote about stuff from my childhood. Sometimes, I wrote about things I am struggling with right now in my personal life. Some of it is very private but some of it has potential for the blog. All of it is great because I exercised my writing muscles. I set myself up with a practice that will serve me well and that I fully intend to continue.
I created words on a page from thoughts in my head. I created a writing habit.