Day three hundred sixty-five of my 365 Day Writing Project.
That’s right – Day 365.
Here I am where I began one year ago. When I think about it over the span of 365 days, I realize how far I have come. How different a writer I am at Day 365 compared to Day 1. I owe much of my growth to this project, which was a challenge since the first day. As I have found in other areas of my life, most challenges are worthwhile. This was no exception.
I knew from the outset that a blog devoted to a year-long writing project would be bland or at the very least lacking excitement. It was never about some gimmick to attract an audience or get attention. It was always about my development as a writer and forming life-long writing habits I know are essential to reaching my goals.
It was difficult to put myself out there while doing something that was so important to me. Each blog post was published in a swirl of mixed feelings about sharing my journey publicly. But I knew I needed some accountability to keep focused. Whether or not they were aware of it, my followers kept me on track and I’m grateful for that.
I’m thrilled to say I’ve accomplished what I had hoped for, and beyond. Writing used to be something I did once in a while. It passed through my thoughts as, “Maybe I’ll write about that someday.” But since I developed the discipline to write almost every day over the last year, my daily thoughts about writing are, “I’m going to write about that.” And then I do. Sometimes I write at that moment and other times within a matter of hours. But I write. I learned to take notes every day. I learned to outline ideas. I learned that I don’t have to actually be writing a chapter of my book to be working on and improving my writing. I can write a paragraph, a sentence, a list. As long as my creativity is being exercised, that is all I need to be doing.
Above all else, I learned over the last 365 days that I am a creative soul. I’m not sure I really knew that before. So while this year-long project has come to an end, I’ll still be writing and learning. Most importantly, I’ll be letting my creativity soar.
Writing. It is what I love to do.