Every October Crystal Stein and Myquillyn Smith host a series called Write 31 Days where they challenge writers to do just that. To write everyday for the month of October. Without really thinking about it I signed up a few weeks ago. As the end of September loomed I grew more and more doubtful of my participation. Other participants had clear themes for their 31 day journey. Other writers had pretty graphics for the month long series. I don’t have any of that, just have yearning in my soul to write. Write often. Write deeply and share it. It’s a yearning I’ve been ignoring for a while. One that I shove deeper down the dark recesses of nomansland each time I get caught in the comparison trap.
As I thought about the 31 day challengeI realized (and truthfully not for the first time) that I let comparison immobilize me. It is like my mind and my fingers get stuck. Unable to move or let the words come. I get distracted by what other people are doing, the work my blog needs, my lack of graphic design prowess. I become paralyzed by fear and inadequacy.
It’s not just in writing that this happens if I’m honest. I allow myself to get stuck there in every facet of my life.
So for me, I think the write 31 days series will be one of freedom. For the next 31 days, I’m going to write everyday. I’m going to write the truth of my story and the words living in my mind and heart. And I’m going to put on blinders. Will I read what others have written? Of course! But I’m going to focus on giving life to my words. I’m confident that I will find freedom along the way.
Wanna read more? Here are links to the posts in this series- friendly reminder my goal is to write everyday, not necessarily post everyday!
#1- Write 31 Days (you are here!)
#2- Pesky Prayers
#5- On Being Stuck
#7- On Enemies
#10- Halfway There
#11- About A Prostitute