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?