October is a time of change and preparation. The leaves turn to brilliant hues, frost coats the ground, birds fly south, and the air takes on a chill that promises a biting winter.
I too am in preparation, planning for a new life and building reliable patterns, trying my best to keep up with the seasons. This month I will be posting every day rain or shine, no matter the state of my life.
I’ve written every day for National Novel Writing Month twice and wrote every day for three months straight to finish a draft. I know I can do that. It’s the sharing that will be the stretcher: writing is one thing, making that work public and shippable is another.
Without further lollygagging, let’s get into how writing every day is an excellent way to prepare for great change.
1. Content, content, content
You get used to producing something every day whether you feel like it or not. Even if it’s trash, you’ll have it done, and you’ll have something to work on and improve. Having less-than-stellar content to refine and fix is worlds better than a blank page or an empty document in the face of content creation.
2. Creativity overload!
The more you work your idea muscles, the stronger they become. Training yourself to create every day will speed up value creation in the workplace, for personal projects, and beyond. You can even end up giving your future self ideas and inspiration!
3. Fine-tuning your voice
Finding your writing voice will be a valuable asset to keeping your flow, and being quicker at getting back into it after a break.
Writing and posting every day will not only help you determine that with better clarity, but it will also make looking back and comparing works a fun activity later on. Seeing progress out in the open is something I used to think was shameful. Now, I feel the exact opposite.
Be bold in your journey. The people who sneer down at you for it are the ones doing less, not more.
4. It helps prepare you for the fast-paced trek of life
We’re faced with all kinds of challenges at home, at work, and out in the world. With the perseverance earned through writing and sharing every day, you will be better equipped to catch what life throws. When someone assigns you a task or a project, you can jump to it with the confidence of someone who knows how to spin a workable piece of content or approach into reality within a few hours.
To sum it up
I will be reminding myself of these four points throughout the month, on the nights I’d rather go to bed then write another blog post, on the mornings I’d rather sleep in then draft and outline. Because if I’ve learned anything in writing so far, it’s that for every day it feels useless, there will be a dozen more days that make it all worthwhile.
Thank you for reading!