Before you ask: No, I’m not giving up alcohol. Have you seen how many vineyards there are in Otago? You don’t go to Italy and give up pasta, or France to cut down on the dairy.
No, it’s something far more challenging, especially for a person convinced they’ve had writers block for the last year.
I’m going to post a new blog every single day in February.
Why am I doing this?
Almost a month ago I published a blog containing some resolutions, and one of those was to blog more. Since then I haven’t pressed the publish button once. Massive fail.
The issue is, as it always has been, is that I really need deadlines to finish things. When my panic monster is in full freak out mode I can easily smash out a thousand words in under an hour. Hell, I wrote my 10,000-word dissertation in less than three days and got a half decent grade. I’m giving myself a deadline, daily. There’s no excuse.
I’m also a massive perfectionist. Each of my posts gets edited and rewritten so many times it’s ridiculous, especially given the reality that most people skim through them anyway.
Except for my Mum of course. Thanks, Mum!
There’s also so. many. posts on my to-write list that it’s a little ridiculous. I’ve got posts I should have written about my Divemaster and I left my little island home almost 14 months ago. I don’t want my memories to fade before I have the chance to write them down.
My writing is also getting pretty rusty! They say if you don’t use a skill you lose it, and I think that is definitely true of my ability to craft engaging content. I find myself relying on cliches or favourite phrases to describe something, or struggling to properly articulate situations and scenes. I’ve always spent a lot of time writing but I’ve probably committed fewer words to paper (or keyboard) this year than in the whole of my life. That’s not a trend I wish to see continued.
So here’s to a month filled with words, increased output and a whole lot of creativity. Or, y’know, numerous breakdowns and quitting halfway through.
Wish me luck!
What do you think – will you be reading along or are you going to be sick of me after 28 new posts?
I was very much inspired by one of my favourite bloggers Lauren who undertook the same challenge last October. Here’s hoping after a month of practice my writing will be half as good as hers!