Why Will I Write everyday for the next 30 Days and why should you be even reading this?
The 30 Day Writing Challenge: Day #1
It has been a while that I have written last on this blog page. 3 years to be very precise.
Of late I have been doing a lot of reading. Reading about how to read better and faster, reading crime thrillers, how to do this and how to do that and a good deal of facebook post, tweets, emails & newspaper.
I read about how you need to practice everyday to get better at writing. I was doing all this reading and knowing and fact gathering and learning about how to write and the one thing that was very clear to me was that I had to practice to get better at writing.
It’s always the case isn’t it? we know what we want, we know that we are a long way to go to get better at it and that we need to put in the effort and practice but we just don’t.
I took a course on learning how to learn and the most important and yet the most basic thing that I learnt there was that you need to practice to strengthen the neural connection, see I already knew that but I didn’t practice anyway.
The other thing that I learnt is how procrastination works, I know what I need to do but even before I even get started on it, in my mind I anticipate all the difficulties that I might face and it stimulates pain and what do I do? I switch to a more pleasant task like checking facebook [the updates on the timeline can be very depressing at times] or going to Bored Panda or checking out news website [ocean of anxiety and depression if you ask me].
I also learnt that once you get started on a task you have been delaying, the associated pain goes away and your brain rewards you with dopamine because you got the job done. I have known this atleast for 2 weeks now.
Just these 2 things should have been important for me to get started with my 30 day challenge but I still procrastinated, WHY?
Because I was waiting for the perfect day to get started, a milestone of some sort. Like how about 1st of Jan….naah too bad you missed it….okay 1st Feb it is….missed it again…how about my birthday….ohh yeah…I have atleast a couple of weeks for that…
Then it hit me now….do I really need a milestone day to start it or can I just be writing my 30th post saying 16th Feb was the day I decided that I am going to post something here each and everyday?
So here I am….publishing the very first post.
I am being realistic, there are days when I wont just “feel” like it, there will be days when I wouldn’t have a topic or an idea to write about. Some posts are going to be so horrible that I would wish I could go back in time and slap myself out of stupidity.
In the end what matters is that I have an unbroken streak and I have been able to make and keep a commitment I made to myself.