The challenges of a 30-day writing challenge

A week ago today I began a 30-day writing challenge. 

I committed to creating a new piece of work every day — for an entire month. 

The rules were:  THERE WERE NO RULES.

 All I had to do was show up daily and write.

I’m a girl that LOVES a challenge, whether it’s sexually, physically, creatively or intellectually.  I love pushing past my limitations and advancing myself as a human being.  It’s what lights a fire in my belly.

Before I get into the challenges of my 30-day writing challenge.  It’s worthwhile mentioning that I’ve kept a journal since I was 10.  I’ve obviously missed a day or two along the way — I’m human.  

But journalling is a church for me, it’s how I begin each day and it’s how I end each day.  It is my sacred life ritual that will stay with me until the day I die.

I threw that information in purely, to demonstrate that creating a new piece of writing every 24 hours was never going to be a dilemma for me. The challenges I’m facing are different ones.  I’ve collated them below.

THE FREEDOM TO WRITE WHAT I WANT

Who would have thought that being free to write what I want would be a challenge?  But it is. 

You must remember when I write a column for a publication, I am NOT free.  

For example: 

I wouldn’t pitch a column to a left-wing editor titled “The Adversities Men Face” because I wouldn’t get a response.

Just like, I wouldn’t pitch a column to a right-wing editor titled “The Struggle of Artists” because they’re not going to have a sympathetic ear.  

Writing columns requires you to have an agenda. So writers learn to shape-shift in order to survive in writing-land.  

It has been incredibly strange writing without limitations but a new and wonderful experience!

WORD COUNTS

The second challenge for me this week has been constantly having to remind myself that I don’t have to meet a certain word count for an editor.  

Word counts are a huge part of my life, whether I’m content writing, column writing or copywriting —  each editor has a sweet-spot word count.  

I’ve had to tell myself over and over all week:  “Vanessa you can write two words, twenty words or a thousand words — you’re the boss girlfriend.”

PERFECTIONISM

I like to feel that a piece of work is polished before I share it.  

Because I have to create a new piece of work every day, I feel more rushed than usual.

But the lesson here is:  Letting go of perfectionism!