It’s day 3 of the 31-day My 500 Words challenge.
The goal is to write at least 500 words without editing and I am using Jeff Goins‘ email challenges to us each day as my prompt. I think writing 500 words about the little components of writing will force me to think beyond the normal short answers and help me refine my process.
Today, I’m talking about when I write. This is one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to writing. I often fit writing into my schedule, instead of making it a priority.
Most professional writers insist the morning is the best time to write. I know they know what they are talking about. I just have a really hard time making a consistent choice to wake up and write first. I often end up writing at 11 p.m. This challenge has already stretched me a little on this because I have committed to write from a different location every day for 31 days.
Today, I went to the nature park in my town and wrote from my car because it was raining. Strangely enough, the rain was exactly what I needed to write the four different things I needed to get finished today.
Tomorrow though, I think I might try something different. I might try to write first thing in the morning, which means I will have to get up and go somewhere that is open early.
There is a ton of evidence to prove writing earlier in the day is better for creatives. We get a writer’s high that lasts all day. We start our days productive and with ample opportunity to share our work throughout the day.
I spent the month of January in Jon Acuff’s 30 Days of Hustle challenge group. His group challenged me to pick a time and be intentional about my hustle and my commitment to WHEN I would write. I made a few adjustments that worked really well.
I organized a Hustle playlist on Spotify and made some rules about writing. I block out 60 minute chunks of time with a timer and write until my alarm goes off. I listen to music and turn my phone on airplane mode to avoid being interrupted. I turn my wifi off and shut down all other background distractions. I commit to pay attention to my hustle and not my environment.
(These 500 word challenges don’t take 60 minutes to write and I want to prove I can find enough time to just write 500 words every single day, no matter how busy I am. Yesterday, for instance, I wrote my post in about 20 minutes.)
What has all of this done for me? It’s made writing an event. It’s no longer just me sitting and flipping open my laptop and writing out of convenience. If for no other reason, I have to go out of my way to create a “when.”
If you are a writer or want to explore a passion for writing, you can join in on the free My 500 Words challenge with Jeff Goins.
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