Well, I did it: a month of consistent writing. A colleague, Jaimee Newberry, once proposed I consider smaller goals that can be accomplished daily. She encouraged me to do them consistently for a month. A sort of personal NaNoWriMo, but for general purpose writing.
I have written most of my career—professionally—for one reason or the next, but I’ve never written for the sole purpose of improvement.
August wasn’t a month I chose on a calendar, it simply worked out that way. I had considered about how I liked to write, and what kept me so often from publishing. More than one friend1 encouraged me to write smaller pieces. I resisted—felt my ambitions could not be squeezed into a few hundred words.
Then it occurred to me that I could break up a larger piece into several, smaller chunks. Simple, right? It’s hardly a revelation that shakes the Earth from its axis—but for me, it was everything. Write less, and I could publish more.
Four weeks ago, I took a piece that was intended as a whole, broke it apart, then published the pieces over a week. As I edited them individually, each took a life of its own. The results surprised me, and I kept going.
The shorter form gave me momentum. Less to edit, less to format for publication. I started with a few guidelines, but they weren’t sacred. I’ve already broken them many times.
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I have exercised a few of the different types that I hope to post in the coming months. This month focused on what was easiest to write about. If an article didn’t flow quickly, I pushed it off.
Next week is a new month. Thank you for reading.
The Architect dings me for not listening to her when she points out my shortcomings. Among them, I write too much, and spend too much time, fussing over small details only I notice. Also, she tried for years to convince me that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a brilliant show (it is) and I only agreed to watch it after another friend recommended it. Another of my shortcomings. ↩