After thinking and overthinking this for years now, I’ve realised that “Just Do it” is probably the best advice when in doubt. I’ve been wanting to start writing for a long time now, but just like the millions who have been in this spot before, the standard fears and doubts have held me back — “What will I write about? Who will want to read what I have to say? Do I even have the authority to write about a subject? What if my grammar is wrong?” And as a result, I’ve not writing anything even since I’ve graduated from university.
A year ago, I decided to start journalling and that was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It has helped me in ways I would not have imagined and has become part of my daily life. I’ve recommended it to people and it has worked its wonders for them too. But this didn’t just happen over night. I pushed myself to write every single day. Even if I had nothing to write about, I would make sure I filled up those 2 sides of the page every single day. I skipped days and then had to push myself to get it back into my routine so that it could become a habit. But after a year of trying, it’s now a part of my daily life and I’m very proud of that.
I want to do the same with writing. I have a feeling that I will enjoy this and it will have effects which aren’t so obvious to me right now. I have been fortunate to learn so much from other people’s writing and I hope I can share some of my own experiences for others to learn from.
So with that intention, I’m going to be putting out a new piece of content every day, for the next 30 days. I have no particular theme in mind but I will write about my experiences and learnings. The goal of this challenge is to complete it and to take the first, probably the hardest step, in this long journey of writing.
The beginnings are always energetic but it gets hard in the middle, which leads you to give up and never see the end of it. Knowing myself, I’m going to be in that spot pretty soon. So, to keep myself committed to this challenge, if you don’t see an article published by me every day until the 3rd of November, please call me out and I will buy you a lunch*
Let the writing begin!
*Credits to my friend Phuc who gave me this idea. You can find his work here