This week and a half have been a whirlwind of activity for me. I have written more in these past ten days or so than any time before that.
In addition to my usual two articles a day, I have been writing extra blogs to get ready for my week-and-a-half vacation. Why? Because I have been striving to connect with and build a wider audience, and I do not want to just abruptly stop when I go away.
Thus have I written a LOT of new material. But in so doing, there have been some very good lessons learned, which I think it may be worthwhile to share with you.
Setting an expectation
During the course of this write-a-thon, I had set an expectation to write three blogs per day. One for the morning, another for the evening, and the final to be scheduled during the time I am out of town.
In maintaining this discipline, I have found that I can be more productive with my writing overall. As such, once I return from my vacation, this will be continued. Except instead of two blogs for the given day and another for later, I will be putting time into writing and editing my fiction works.
Having expectations for the work I need to do every day has gone a long ways towards my overall productivity. It has also done quite a lot for my confidence.
Keeping a schedule
This has been more flexible, but overall is still working out for the best. I have been focusing on getting the first blog done and posted between 9 and 10 am, the second between 1 and 3 pm, and having the third completed by 5 or 6 pm.
This has been flexible like I said. Some mornings I have gotten an earlier start. There have been a few evenings where the next morning’s post was created. But by sitting down at my desk during those hours, I have been a lot more diligent in working and accomplished what I set out to do.
Reading other writers’ posts
I get my Medium daily digest to 2 separate email accounts. This was due to my own error in my original sign-up, but I still have decided to continue to get both.
Taking time to look through the digests have let me read other writer’s works here, and further inspired my own. There are so many incredible writers on Medium, and I am loving all of your work.
A lot of these have provided some really useful ideas for me, which has allowed me to continue this venture. Further, these works have offered some insights that have helped awaken my own.
All of this writing is super-empowering. I have long desired to be a writer full-time, and to actually be doing it, for reals, has felt so incredibly empowering.
I have been writing for a long time now. The first book I finished was done when I was 9 years old. I knew then I wanted to be a writer, but I disbelieved in both the potential to make a living as a writer and my own ability to BE a writer.
Yet through the years, I kept writing. A story here, a poem there, blog entries in books then online.
I know that this is not an easy path I have chosen. Yet finally, I am living the dream I always desired to live. It has been an incredible journey thus far, and I believe that this is just the beginning.
Vacation and Rejuvenation
My annual vacation always provides me with a chance to breathe, collect myself, reset, and come back stronger.
While I am away, during some of my downtime I will be journaling the old-fashioned way (yes, pen and paper — I hope I can still read my own handwriting) and seeing what new ideas for future work to share I might come up with.
I know that despite some guilt about taking this vacation, I am worthy and deserving of this break, of rejuvenating myself and taking the time I need to build up new ideas and new possibilities.
Everyone is capable of living the best life that they can, as they desire for it to be. You are worthy and deserving of all the awesomeness that comes with it. So am I.
Thanks for being a part of MY journey.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter.