Writing Challenge Day 1: This entry may not be that organized as my assignment was to Unblock the Mind and to write, just write, for 20 minutes without stopping. Looking forward to having fun
Today is my first day of Writing 101, where I will be challenged daily to stretch my writing capacity. What do I want to learn from this challenge? I would like to be able to write cleverly and more concise, so that not everything sounds like a rant or a journal entry. I like to keep journal entries and rants in my personal journal where I write it out in my hand and write out my stress, sadness, joy, etc. until my hand gets tired. I’ve been so amazed to see the power of writing things down. Many times, I’m all caught up in the emotion of the moment and I forget what I wrote, it’s like I just needed to release the stress, then I look back and read past entries and am stunned to find that I accomplished this or that goal.
I’ve also been trying to take my writing more seriously and, after a period of writing nothing for months, I now have designated a ‘writing day’ for myself. I’ve done what I call “copy days” for years in my job — copy days are the designated days that I try to write all of the commercials, promotional announcements, web updates, social media posts, etc. that I need to submit for the week. I found that once I designated a copy day, that my week was much more efficient and I was able to handle the mountain of other tasks and, as one of my assistants told me once, “no matter where you look in that case, there is always work” referring to my work briefcase.
I would love to be able to translate the excitement that I have for writing into other areas of my life. Once I start writing, off my fingers go on the keyboard and, the next time I look up, like 3 hours have passed! For years, although I loved writing, I would discount it, saying to myself that it wasn’t really about anything, that I had more important things to do, that it was boring. Then I realized that I was seeing the task of writing through others’ eyes, or what I assumed that they thought about writing. Now it’s so different. I can actually feel when it’s time to write, it’s like I “have” to write, I guess that means that I’m finally listening to my Inner Chingona voice. Writing was the first way that I could truly hear myself, what I was thinking, what I want, what I need. Now it’s all about fine-tuning my passion for writing so that I can learn to develop my writing and take it to the next level.