Write relentlessly, until you find your voice. Then, use it.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, or if you’re a regular reader, all three of which would be good for you (and better for me), you know that I recently completed the 100 Day Challenge to do something creative for 100 days. I did 100 days of drawings. I’m not done with them, but don’t ask me about them…yet.
So, the other day I got an email about a writing challenge. It gave great promises of how to make you a consistent writer.
The challenge? Write a thousand words a day for seven days.
I’ve been doing that, almost without fail, for nearly seven years.
Way back in 2015 at a particularly dark time with the day job, I determined that I was going to build the writing into a paying career. I started a commitment then to write, initially five-hundred words a day, that quickly morphed into a thousand words a day.
I called the project “How I Wrote My Ass out of Hell.”
Here we are seven years later and, while I’m not out of what was calling hell at the time, things are much better.
I’m just still not bringing in the big bucks as a writer.
But with all due respect, I’ve already established a solid writing habit for every morning. Some days I even write things that might be worth reading.
And, let’s face it. It’s not like I needed to jump into another challenge anyway.
So, I didn’t.
Except I win the challenge by default because I’m already writing at least a thousand words a day…that doesn’t include this blog, or other projects I’m working on.
So, yeah. I’m a writer.
I have a writing habit.
Sometimes I write good things.
Sometimes I write crap.
But, I write.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1865 – W. B. Yeats, Irish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1939)
1892 – Basil Rathbone, South African-born British-American actor (d. 1967)
1893 – Dorothy L. Sayers, English author and poet (d. 1957)
1910 – Mary Wickes, American actress (d. 1995)
1913 – Ralph Edwards, American radio and television host (d. 2005)
1926 – Paul Lynde, American actor and comedian (d. 1982)
1943 – Malcolm McDowell, English actor and producer
1951 – Richard Thomas, American actor, director, and producer
1953 – Tim Allen, American actor, comedian, and producer
1962 – Ally Sheedy, American actress and author
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Dr. StrangeFed or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and (Sorta) Love Inflation
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JAMES: Lincoln Memorial Anniversary Recalls Description of African-Americans as People of ‘Industry, Integrity and Thrift’
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Conservatives Call For Return To Traditional Strip Clubs With No Kids Or Drag Queens
The Babylon Bee
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Polls & God’s Elect
Mark Tooley at Juicy Ecumenism
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.