What a Blogging Challenge Can Teach Writers

I’ve been participating in the 30 in 30 Blogging Challenge this month. Along with other writers and bloggers across the twitterverse, I have committed to blogging every day for 30 days. This has been quite a feat for me, considering that I usually only post a few blog entries a year. I go on a blogging streak, and then life gets in the way. But, I am on day 9 and still going strong. Admittedly, there are some days when I have no idea what I am going to write and watch the clock as it nears closer to midnight. But, I remember that I must write and I do so. Along the way, I have learned a few lessons about writing.

1) Writing takes commitment and discipline. In order to be a writer, I must make time to write. No matter how busy I may be, I can always find the time to write.

2) I can’t wait for inspiration to strike. I just have to start writing and the rest will follow. Sometimes, I gradually become more inspired as I write.

3) “If I live poorly, I shall write poorly.” Life provides great writing material.

4) I’m reminded of how much I love writing and why I love writing.

5) I have refined my writing goals.

6) Just a little bit of time makes a difference. In just a little over a week, I have revived my barren blog, written some interesting posts, discovered new blogs, and connected with new people.

7) If I write every day, my writing, reasoning and observation skills will improve.

8) The written word is a powerful medium.

9) There is only one of me, and nobody can tell my story quite like me.

10) Writing is a solitary activity that requires me to focus and unplug from social media at times.

To my fellow writers who have ever participated in writing challenges, what lessons have you learned about writing?

6 thoughts

  1. Those are great lessons. It’s kind of funny that a blogging challenge would teach you the importance of “unplug[ing] from social media at times,” but I know what you mean! Social media gives me inspiration, but it also sucks away my time!

    1. “Social media gives me inspiration, but it also sucks away my time!” Exactly! I have discovered that I don’t have time to write every day, keep up with every tweet and status update, watch all of my trashy reality TV shows, and live life at the same time. lol. In order to write more often, I have to sacrifice something.

  2. Love it and I totally agree with everything you said. I love writing but I have to push myself because I will go on these “breaks” and that’s not good. The reason I love this #30in30 because it’s pushing me and maybe that’s just what I need. Good post

    1. Thank you! I feel ya on those writing breaks. My breaks can last for 6 months at a time. It’s a travesty. This challenge has also pushed me, and I need a good, hard, steel toe shoe kind of push! lol.

    1. Thanks girl:) I’m enjoyong writing more frequently. As for you prioritizing your craft, you get a pass because you blogged and wrote when I acted as if I forgot I even had a blog. lol.

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