Writing & Publishing

30 Day Writing Challenge

So I found this thing called the 30 Day Writing Challenge, and I’m going to try and do it because I need to find my writing again. I’ve been without it for so long I have myself mentally whooped (as they say down south), and I keep intimidating myself out of writing. I have all these fears and insecurities now like “what if my writing really sucks?” or “what if it’s too hard?” or “what if I don’t have anything to say?” And then I decide not even to try.

Which is so dumb, because the whole reason I started writing in the first place was that it was fun, and I liked it. And I never intended ANYONE to read my stuff. I used to spend hours writing stories in spiral notebooks at home. Stories I loved but would have just as soon burned them to ashes before I’d let any other human look at them.

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Now, of course, I want to be read. I want my stories and my posts to go viral, and I want people to pay me money for my work. That right there is what stops me from filling up the page anymore. I put the focus, the essence of why I write, into gain. I made it about entertaining other people, getting famous, making bank instead of what writing really and truly is to me at it’s purest…

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So, 30 Day Writing Challenge. It gives me some prompts and then I do the rest, and the only reason I’m doing it is for the joy of writing. Jerry Seinfeld said it best when it comes to maintaining creativity and success: “The work should be joyful.” You do it because you love it, and you do it for yourself.

I’m starting it off on a Tuesday in the middle of the month because I don’t fall neatly into place in any aspect of life. That’s just how I roll. Wobbly like a square tire.

 

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