It’s 23rd of January and surprise, I’m still writing. Not on a daily basis but yes, I’m still writing. It never gets off my mind since the year started and since I wrote it down to my bucket list.
I never fail to write on my journal on a weekly basis. Though it’s just like a diary with bible verses and reflection, still, I would count that as writing progress.
This month, I was able to write two poems for expresso.travel.blog (for the one who always saves and the delusional) as well. A blog that we, I and my friends, created for us to keep writing. The idea sprouted when I was actually thinking to work out and do some exercises. I remember, I once had a jogging/workout buddy and somehow having her on the side while doing the strenuous exercises made it easier for me to push my body to its limits or to reach the end of the esplanade.
And yes, I was able to lose weight at that time. Though losing weight is another story, I somehow correlated the gym buddy idea to writing buddy.
If I can actually achieve things through other people’s encouragement and if it works for losing weight then maybe it will also do its magic with writing.
Authoring a book is sure a long way to go but being able to form this writing habit is a fine way to start my journey.
Forming my writing habit is like a full-body stretch then eventually getting a hardcore 1-hour workout. You always get what you work hard for. Abs. Or your book.
If you’re scared to be judged and if you think you’re a bad writer, let me share you this takeaway I got from the movie Set It Up.
Harper wanted to become a writer but she never got the time to write because of her busy work schedule. Then it came to a point where she was fired by her CEO and now, she’s got no alibi.
However, months went by and it made her even more frustrated to write her thoughts. Made her miserable and merely lifeless but here comes her bestfriend to the rescue. In their apartment, clothes were all over the place and she’s eating a cup of noodles. (Movies seem to associate broke people and noodles lately but anyway.)
That’s when Harper blurted out all her frustration. She thinks she’s a bad writer and pursuing it was a bad choice. But her best friend spanked her with a pillow and the truth as well.
Of course, your first draft is gonna be bad. It’s gonna be terrible. Then you know what to do, Harper? You go back and make it better. But you can’t actually make it better until you actually do it. You’re not a bad writer yet. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and just write something bad.
I had the same mentality when I started out but I’ve learned so much in 2018 that I’m bringing all those lessons in 2019 and one of that is when you’re thinking of your goal every day, the universe will bring you to where you wanted to land. To become a good writer, I have to start somewhere. To author a book, I have to study, read classic books, relearn grammar lessons, watch youtube videos or movies, and do whatever it takes.
I’m not the best, but I’m giving my best at this point in my writing life and that’s all that matters.