“Weird works, and perfectionism absolutely hates it.” – Jon Acuff
Writing for 31 days straight is a challenge, but it is good discipline and really needed if you are an introverted writer who thrives on this expressive art.
This time last year, I fizzled out one week into it. It was easy to make excuses (or so I thought) because the official tag had not been stamped on certain things. I felt like it was no big deal to drop out if I wanted. And of course if one has that mindset, guess what’s going to happen?
You guessed it. Drop out.
I also felt like what I had to offer wasn’t of much worth at the time, and who would care anyways?
Well, these are all wrong reasons not to write. So here is what happened this year, and to be frank — I am just as shocked as anyone that it took this long for me to get to this point. Alas, I am human and apparently one of my love languages is affirmation, though I didn’t score this years ago (maybe I morphed somewhere in there?!?)
How the #Write31Days Challenge & Jon Acuff’s New Book, Finish — Changed the Way I Write.
It has helped me write for an audience of one.
Let’s face it, not everyone can hop on all the blogs and read everyone’s posts. Life is — well, life. This reality helped my heart to write from a different place, I guess because I didn’t expect many readers. Now that may come across weird to you, but I am just being real with ya.
An area of maturity in my life that has needed growth over the past handful of years — is learning to live without accolades or wondering what people think about it. But to just live, and do what’s right whether people see or know it at all. Integrity in daily living.
Writing full time will kill the nature of the beast (wanting someone to see all this work behind the scenes) because one day you wake up and realize if you are in this for the long haul, you’d better get over fantasies real quick. Fantasies that bend toward your hard work giving you INSTAgratification, or INSTAresults, or INSTAcomments, or INSTAanything for that matter.
In fact, the sooner a writer can write for an audience of one, the sooner any eluded peace may come and camp out in your heart once again. Out of anyone on planet Earth, I feel very qualified to write on THIS topic. Don’t live for comments and accolades. Don’t get addicted to finding a life lesson in everything you read or your head may start hurting and reading will lose something.
What that something is, I still can’t quite name (if you have a name for it feel free to share below.)
If God has plans for your words to bless another, you can not live your life sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about it. It is marvelous when it happens, but “the knowing” can become an idol.
You must live and keep writing. Pray. Repeat (not necessarily in the order.)
How Can the #Write31Days Challenge Help You?
I dare you, the next 31-day month we have coming up, to give yourself permission to come out of hiding with your writing.
Is there something you wish you could write about without being so formal, but you’ve had a hard time letting yourself? Now is the time. It’s fun and rewarding. Keep your joy of writing by letting yourself e-n-j-o-y the process.
“Perfectionism believes that the harder something is, the more miserable something is, the better it is. It says, fun doesn’t count.” – Jon Acuff
Try the challenge and let me know how it goes! Grab a copy of Finish, by Jon Acuff. You won’t regret it. I’d give you mine but it’s all marked up.
“I love Jon’s counterintuitive advice! It’s wisdom disguised as stand-up comedy, like eating a bag of jelly beans and somehow ending up smarter.” – Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup.