A year ago I joined a workshop with one aim: to ship creative work everyday.
For the duration of the 100 days, I wrote everyday and hit publish in a designated community platform.
It became a habit, until it didn’t.
At day 101 something unexpected happened. The workshop finished and I didn’t see a reason to write.
So much for 21 days to build a habit.
For the remainder of the year, I wrote in a few ways:
As I was reflecting on 2020, it really hit me. I missed writing. I’d published a book in May but didn’t build on the momentum. In fact, I wrote a plan for book #2 in July, but didn’t act on it.
Introspection, no action.
However, I did let that plan marinate, and further developed it a few times. Around October time I said to myself, I’ll work on it in the New Year at some point.
Then Christmas came and I wanted a new book to read. I always feel that books call out to you when the time is right. I’d read Steven Pressfield’s War of Art a couple of years ago, yet I only remember one word: Resistance.
The Resistance, he describes, is the voice / being in your head that tells you not to create and hit publish. As I read it, I knew all these months I’d been kidding myself.
While I’d written some of my best work in the second half of 2020 (I’ll link some at the bottom here), I’d not worked on my craft by writing everyday.
I started the book at 8am on Christmas Day. By 11am I’d written 1500 words of my next book.
I was back in the game.
From the 25th to the 31st I’d punched out 15,000 words.
I realised on the 31st just how good proper writing made me feel. The flow I get into can only be replicated by the void I reach when training at my absolute hardest in the gym - but even that is fleeting.
So I made a promise.
No matter what project I’m working on - whether it be writing a book, report or article, I’m going to write and hit publish everyday here.
Because here there’s no agenda. It’s my form of practice. An opportunity to show up everyday and perfect my craft as a writer.
I’m going to talk about topics I enjoy, ideas I’m exploring, and observations I’ve made. From writing, creativity, transformation, entrepreneurship and high performance, I’ll be sharing my two cents on each throughout.
If it sparks a change in thinking for you, then that’s a bonus.
I’m excited to share this journey with you.
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