- It may not happen every day—and that’s okay. I still am working if I show up and fill in the holes.
- Treat it all as practice. I think the keyword for this month is practice—the practice of showing up, doing the words, and doing the work no matter what.
- It hasn’t gotten any easier; I’m still running behind. But none of that matters because it hasn’t become harder either.
- Keep it small. I aim for about 250 words, but if it’s less, that’s okay. If it’s more, that’s good too.
- Keep it small: Part 2. I have told no one about this work. I am quietly toiling away in my corner of the internet. At this point, I’m not ready to have eyes on the work.
- It’s fun. It doesn’t feel like work. Yes, doing the writing requires effort, but I’m not stressed or miserable or feel like I’m dragging my feet to show up. I’m quietly content.
- Scratch your itch. I am not doing this for anyone but me. But also, I’m very focused and directed towards a specific audience, one that I haven’t been able to manage before. I think it’s because I’m balancing two elements: the reader and the author.
I’m not ready to stop. I’m enjoying myself and find it is a perfect point of reflection and creation.
I hope to catch up and have a few dozen blog posts pre-written that I can use in the future.
I’d also like to reintegrate my newsletter, but I’m waiting to figure out its purpose before I do it.
I also think I’m waiting to find my voice and reduce the clipped nature of my endings.
But the posts and the stories (and someday the newsletter) are the practice, and each day is an opportunity to do better—as a writer and teacher.