I wrote 750 words *almost* every day for a month

I have to write a blog post. I have to write a blog post.

It’s 11.43pm on Sunday and I have to write a blog post. (I also have to go to bed. And have a somewhat functional brain at work tomorrow morning.)

I currently have a weekly blogging schedule. I figured that a once a week should be manageable. Surely I have at least one thing to say each week. If I don’t enforce a schedule with myself, weeks, months, and even years can go by without writing anything. So I basically have two options: write every week, or barely write at all.

In the interest of writing more regularly, I heard about this website called 750 Words. It’s a private (god forbid if it got hacked) website where you can just dump your thoughts, like a digital notebook. It’s inspired by Julia Cameron’s practice of “Morning Pages” —three longhand stream-of-consciousness-style pages of writing, intended to be done first thing in the morning—from her seminal book on rejuvenating your creativity, The Artist’s Way.

For June, I set myself a challenge to write 750 words every day. I almost made it. On two of the 30 days of June, I fell short of 750 words. On other days, I wrote much more.

Was it hard to write every day?

YES. Yes it was. Even though I knew no one was going to read it and the “quality” of my writing didn’t matter, some days felt like pulling teeth. The weekends were harder. When I left it until later in the day, it was harder. Perhaps for you, committing to a daily practice isn’t difficult; for me, it’s always been hard.

Was what I wrote readable or worth keeping?

Occasionally I would find touch on an idea that I thought could be developed further, for a blog post or longer piece. Writing begets ideas which beget more writing. Sometimes I wrote about dreams I’d had, to-do lists, personal goals, or things I was grateful for. (Yeah, I like lists.) But for the most part, it was messy. Full of rants, complaints, doubts, insecurities, petty jealousies. A place for all my dark, twisted, shadowy, conflicted, confused thoughts.

But you can work out stuff on the page.

Putting thoughts into words can sometimes straighten them out. It’s a bit like therapy. It’s a safe place to vent, to dream big, to express what you really wanted to say when X happened

Sometimes you can recognise your own patterns, typed on the page for you to see. Sometimes, by the time you reach 750 words, you’ve dug a little deeper, closer to the core of what’s really bothering you.

Towards the end of the challenge, I started to really enjoy my daily writing time.

When I managed to write in the morning before I started my day—just me, alone at the keyboard—I felt much more grounded. I felt like I’d checked in with myself and made peace with the multiple “selves” within me, and I could more fully attend to the rest of my day.

What about you? Do you write regularly, in some form? Do you like to journal? Have you ever tried “Morning Pages”? Let me know in the comments!

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