Constantly Challenge Yourself

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Ah! I have been writing for the 500 Words A Day Challenge by Jeff Goins for 15 days now and just being on the halfway mark feels great! For today, the task is Evaluate and how things are going so far.

But first, I want to give myself a pat in the back and raise a glass for doing something worthwhile. Some people may call writing a boring stuff to do but for me – it’s something that could make me happy (next to reading) whenever I am putting my thoughts and ideas into words. Maybe I am a bit of an introvert when I write because it rejuvenates me in my solitude. There’s nothing that can change the way I feel about it.

The 500 words writing challenge is perhaps, one of the best decisions that I have made in my life because it provided me the needed discipline to sit down and just do it. Yeah right, like the famed Nike commercial. But being a non-native English speaker and writer, this is quite a challenge for me.

And the whole world of writing and blogging is very intimidating.

If you think about all the great and famous writers in history, I am a mere speck of dust in their universe.

If I am really considering myself as a writer – well, that part of calling myself a writer made me cringe before until Jeff changed my whole perspective about it -.then I need to write. I need to buckle down to business, everyday. No ifs, no buts. Just do what I have got to do. Like a true pen warrior ready for battle. Period.

Listen, I will spill a secret here. I am an easy-go-lucky person and I tend to procrastinate at times. Okay, most of the times. But then I realized – I can go on blaming all the reasons in the world why I am not a good writer or why things are not going the way I wanted it to be – but it won’t change the fact that things are still the way they are. Stagnant.

Yes, I write blogs here and on another website.. But right after I publish an article and pour my heart and soul into it, I go back to my same old self and wait for things to happen. Too late to realize that no miracle was happening.

Then I found Jeff Goins and The Writing Manifesto . Whoa! It was like a lightning that struck me out of oblivion. His words pierced me to the core. Ouch! If Dalai Lama is considered the great guru of the Himalayas, I considered Mr. Goins as my Lama-esque sage of the West or the Carl Jung of writing. He showed me everything there is that I need to face as a writer. Like things that keep holding me back . Or how to deal with my attitude and my old habits that are hard to break. Or getting out of my comfort zone. It felt like he saved me from drowning. And he was just right in time, like a superhero. So, gee thanks for that.

I never thought writing regularly could bring out so much in me. I mean, the only difference in writing journals back then  was – I had ideas of what to write because they just happened. It can be anything under the sun, moon and the sky. There were no rules, nor themes to follow. I was not even conscious about my spelling and not aware if I was following the rules of English grammar then. ( Oops, my apology to my English teacher). Nobody can read it anyway. Nobody can accuse me of being too stupid or too proud . People cannot say that I was not really doing it  for the sake of sacred writing but just for the heck of it.

But as I have said, Jeff and this challenge changed my perspective about writing. I have to write no matter what. Whether I find my muse or not. It also changed my attitude on dealing with myself.

Glad to know that it was all for the better. It improves my writing for the better. it gives way to my creative expression. Looking back for the past 15 days, things have been a wonderful experience for me. I am more disciplined and focus on my writing now. I learned about the Dos and Don’ts. I learned about writing the ugly part of my life.I admit that one is tough.I am still a work in progress but I am getting there.

Although I am not publishing all of them in this blog nor sharing on Facebook everything that I have written so far, it’s enough for me to know that I am doing the work that was required of me.

As long as I keep showing up for the job, I will be fine.

For me, that reason is enough to smile and be happy about it.

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