For the month of January I will be participating in the My 500 Words: A Writing Challenge by Jeff Goins. I missed day one as I didn’t hear about it until this morning–but I’m committed to finishing.
My goals for this challenge are to make writing a daily habit and become more proficient at free writing. Maybe over the course of this month new goal ideas will come to me.
I will share something I’ve written every few days here on my blog. I won’t share what I write everyday because since this is a lot of free writing–well…much of it will kinda stink.
As far as a theme to keep me on track I think I will keep to what my tag line reads–Trying To Live a Better Story. Ideas like bettering myself, overcoming challenges, growing closer to God and life improvement in general will be my theme.
With it being the New Year we hear a lot about goals. I’ve learned about goal setting this year, especially through a class I took on behavioral change. We were asked to come up with short term, mid-range and long term goals. Then we needed to create smaller steps and markers that will help us to reach those goals.
I’m very organized and self-motivated when it comes to running my home, my finances and my health, but I realized I wasn’t doing small steps regularly enough that would help me reach my long term goal of becoming a writer.
Small steps–like writing every day.
Sure, I have a blog. I’ve written short stories that I made into an ebook and have done some other small writing projects–but it’s not enough.
It’s not writing every day.
There are many reasons why I believe I can’t write every day. I’m in full time school. I work part time. I have many children. I won’t give up daily walking. Yada, yada.
You get it.
We’re all busy.
Getting up an hour earlier is what Jeff suggested for the challenge in order to find the time to write.
Hello?!! I already get up around 5:30 a.m. in order to walk on the days I’m not able to in the afternoon. Geeze, now I have to get up earlier that that to write?
And to say I can’t because I’m up early enough already is just an excuse.
Sure getting up at 5:30 to exercise is being motivated and committed to my health. But guess what? The suggestion to get up an hour earlier wasn’t based on a waking time of six or seven. The suggestion was to get up an hour earlier.
So for me an hour earlier is 4:30 to 4:45. Do I want to get up at 4:30 a.m.?
Do I want to be a writer?
Then with my life schedule as it is right now, 4:30 a.m. it is.
I have a long term goal of becoming a published author. I want to sit in a quaint bookstore and do a book signing. People might even walk past a huge card board cut out of my book cover if it’s really good.
That image in my head is nice, but getting from here to there requires taking small steps over time.
I don’t want to come to the end of my life having never reached my goals and dreams. I don’t want to say, “I wish I did…”
You know, 4:30 a.m. doesn’t seem like a bad trade off in order to pursue a dream after all.