I sort of fell behind on documenting my journey with my 2023 One Little Word,…
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.