So this is day 15 of the #30daysofwriting challenge. I haven’t missed a day yet, though by no means have I been writing for an hour or three daily. Some journaling, some draft blogs that I haven’t published and may or may not in the end. One day I only had 10 minutes available before going to work, but I still did it.
I’ve been remembering a lot more of my dreams and writing those down. Compared to remembering a dream maybe once every six months, I’ve remembered three in the past week! I don’t know that they have really provided me with any insights other than we’ve been watching a lot of Psyche lately on Netflix, but it’s likely that remembering them at all has to do with the fact that A) I’m writing at least a little bit first thing in the morning daily and B) I’m not diving into social media the second I turn off my alarm, which is on my phone.
It hasn’t been quite as hard as I expected to not check all my emails and updates first thing, but it IS kind of funny to me that I’m a lot more excited to get out of bed and write on days that I have somewhere to go in the morning, whether that’s work or yoga. On my days where I have the option of sleeping in, which also means I really do have the option to write for longer, I would really love to stay in bed and scroll though my phone all morning. When the resistance gets too big there, I’ve ended up bringing my writing to bed and making sure I get through a few pages before moving on to the internet.
If there is one thing I learned by doing all my open mics in Austin, and re-enforced with these little Instagram monthly challenges, it’s that I do well with little challenges. Something that is enough to push me into forward motion, but not too terrifying that I freeze up, or too apparently hard that it becomes less than fun. “Get up super early and write for an hour for the rest of your life” sounds really painful for me. “Get up and write a few pages before Facebook for a month” sounds like something I can totally win. So that’s what I’ve been doing! And it’s been really great. Maybe after 30 days I’ll modify the routine. Maybe I WILL give myself my sleep-in days. Or maybe I’ll remember how great it feels to have done writing and yoga all by 9am and have a blank, guilt-free slate for my day off. Maybe I’ll even move into writing songs?!?!