30 Pages 30 Days: Day 10 Progress Report
It’s been 10 days since I started this crazy moderate writing experiment, and I’m feeling really good. I haven’t missed a single day and I’ve been posting photos to document each day of writing on Instagram. I’m also (gasp!) happy with the work I’ve done. Wow. Just saying that gives me anxiety, like I’m going to jinx myself. Jinx! JINX!
Things I’ve noticed:
Constant interruptions don’t make for easy writing. (I know— mindblowing!)
If I actually give myself the opportunity to focus, I can write pretty fast. Faster than I imagine I write, anyway.
It becomes easier to make time for writing with each passing day that I’ve insisted on making time for it.
I like structure, though I often resist it.
Writing doesn’t come easy every day, but it comes easier more often than not.
Maybe this whole thing is about tricking myself into forming a daily writing habit for the long term. I don’t know. I’ve never been the kind of writer who sits down to write at her laptop every single day. Part of my process is letting things percolate in my head for a while before I write, but maybe writing every day is allowing for a faster percolation process? Before I started this experiment, I was curious if writing a page a day would work better for me than writing two pages per day five days out of the week, which I’ve tried before with less success. For whatever reason, this seems to be working for me so far, so I’m going to try my best not to overthink it.
Total pages written: 13. I know! Without trying, I wrote more than a page a day. Maybe by consciously trying to lower the stakes I’ve made myself more productive? I hope so. Trying to lower the stakes for yourself is like an exercise in self-delusion, so let’s see how much longer I can delude myself for.
Days it felt most difficult to write: 3, 4, 8, and 10.
Days it felt easiest to write: 1, 2, and 9.
Most written in a single day: A little over 2 pages on day 5.