30-Day Writing Challenge: Start

That’s it. I’m doing it. Screw it.

Over the last month, I️ can’t tell you the number of articles I️’ve read that preach “Write everyday! Write in the morning, write at night. Write. Write. Write.” Oh, and actually publish something. The key is to publish or post everyday. So, I’m giving in and shooting my shot (for 30 days straight).

With this blatantly cliche challenge, I’m simply going to see what happens if I️ force myself to post on Medium everyday.

Notice I used the word ‘force.’ When it comes to writing, my usual line of thinking tells me not to post everyday. Personally, I️ think quality takes a dip when you reach for quantity.

I️ like to spend 4, 5, sometimes 10 days, working on a piece. I️ enjoy the extra time to get out all my thoughts. Then, I️ go back, edit, and restructure everything to make it flow exactly how I️ want. I’m relatively new to this stuff, so it’s quite a lengthy process.

No way in hell I’m writing a 900-word post everyday. I️’m aiming for short and sweet. I’m going cut-throat here; gonna make it as quick and painless as possible.

I️ can’t guarantee the kinds of things I’ll write about. I️ hope and pray it doesn’t turn into “what’s going on with my day” or “how I’m feeling.” That’s horrible public writing, in my opinion. That’s shit for my journal.

But, if I️ have to publish something every single day, I️ can’t make any promises.

Alright, I️ have to give you something for 30 days. Go.

This is day 1. It was totally doable. I️ intend for my posts to still provide value to those who read. Hopefully my stories / everyday thoughts somehow manage to entertain or help you, in some way.

I️ completely recognize this may end badly. It might expose a lot of my faults as a writer. It might crush my will to do the things I️ do. Oh well. I’m going to throw words at Medium for 4 weeks straight and see what happens.

Maybe it’ll prove really beneficial. Maybe I’ll flourish and become more productive. Maybe I️’ll find more topics I️ like to write about. Maybe I’ll smash my iPad to smithereens on day 6.

Who knows. The challenge is on.

I️ will still work on longer, more thought out pieces for my blog. If you’d like to see some of the work I️ do there, go for it.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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