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Lessons from my 10-day writing challenge

If there are typos in this blog post it’s because I’m currently sitting at the table that my mom and my roommate, Amy, are using to carve a pumpkin.

All I can hear is…

“Where will the nose go?”
“Watch your fingers!”
“Uh oh.”
“We did it wrong.”
“It’s coming apart.”
“That’s a piece of hair.”
“I see an opening.”

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they were delivering a baby.

Anyway…


I did it!

I did it!

I friggin’ did it!

This probably isn’t exciting news for you but as far as I’m concerned, this is what I imagine it feels like to cross the finish line after a full marathon.

Except way less difficult.
And way less sweaty.
And nowhere near as rewarding.

But you get the picture – I said I was going to do something and I did it. Yay, me!

Over the past 10 days, I did a lot of thinking, a lot of writing and a lot of sharing. I also did a sh*t ton of learning – most of which I’ve summarized for you, my dear reader, in list form below.

Six lessons from my 10-day writing challenge

  1. Writing a blog post doesn’t take as long as you think. Especially if you’re writing freely about your own life experiences. If you’re curious, I’d guess I averaged about 45 minutes per post.
  2. People appreciate honesty. The more candid you are about your ups and downs, the more it resonates with your readers and the more likely they are to follow your journey.
  3. Time limits are a writer’s best friend. If you don’t know what to write about, just open a blank word document and set a timer. Anything less than an hour will do. Words will appear, I promise.
  4. It’s okay to look for writing prompts when you’re stuck. Even if you don’t end up using any, just the act alone will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.
  5. Writing is more fun when there are no rules. Take this blog post for example – my intention was to make a list of 10 things I’d learned over the past 10 days (because 10×10 is a lot catchier), but as I started writing I realized that I didn’t actually have 10 distinct points to make so I went back and changed the title. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  6. You can do anything you want to do if you simply decide that you’re going to do it. This is coming from someone who, for the past four years, has written only one blog post per month – if that. I never in a million years thought I’d have the discipline to write 10 in a row, and now look at me!

What changed? Well, I could write an entire blog post on decision-making and the power of identifying the things in your life that are non-negotiable.

But not right now.

I’ve earned a break. I’m also pretty tipsy. My roommate and I thought it’d be a good idea to spend Halloween night indulging in all the world’s wine so that we’re ready and willing to jump into “No Drink November.”

Good decision? Bad decision?

Ask me again in the morning.

Cheers,
Newsha

P.S. Here’s a picture of my mom and Amy posing with the pumpkin they carved while I wrote this blog post. That’s me in the reflection, not a ghost. Also… it’s supposed to be a witch. Lol.

 

2 thoughts on “Lessons from my 10-day writing challenge”

  1. Hahaha, this was great! Congratulations on finishing the 10days!! So far, I am with you on NO DRINK NOVEMBER…let’s see how long it lasts for me :) xoxo

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