My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

5 Things I Learned in 31 Days of Writing

I’ve written and published posts for 31 days straight. 31 days of posts teaches you a bit about writing.

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photo credit: whatisblik.com

  1. I don’t like posting daily. Writing is great, but posting daily on my blog and trying to keep up with Facebook is too much for me. Especially when I’m not feeling it. Which leads to…
  2. Feeling is a huge part of writing for me. It’s true that if you wait to feel inspired you won’t get much written. However….
  3. You can’t wait around for inspiration. Find what inspires you and chase it. If you’re not feeling it do something about it. Write garbage if you have to. Watch people. Recharge. Don’t do nothing. And if you don’t know what to do…
  4. Write anyway. I realized that for me, right now in my messy ink dance writing something, even if I don’t love it, is better than writing nothing. The blank page is my enemy. I need to do something about it. But some things work better than others…
  5. Like a plan. Having a map of where I was headed kept me going. Even on days I didn’t want to write. I’m not sure how to do that outside of the confines of a 31 day series, but I hope to figure it out.

This dance is messy and uncertain sometimes. I feel like I’m staring at the floor looking for outlines of feet to walk in someone else’s steps. But whenever I step there it doesn’t feel right.

Because my dance isn’t meant to be the same as yours. We can learn from each other and be inspired by one another, but ultimately we need to find our own steps, let go, and follow the music.

 

About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

2 Replies

  1. Becky .. Oh I feel it with you . I did the 31 day blogging challenge.. Hard hard .. My next blog post is going to be about what I learned about myself ! Great post!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m glad I’m not alone Nancy! It was hard! I’m glad I did it though. It’s such a sense of accomplishment.

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