When I decided to do this Thirty B4 Thirty series, I thought it would be a great way to force myself to sharpen up on my writing. And that’s all because prior to this, I had taken a 3 month-long hiatus from this blog, my baby, all because of writer’s block.
Yes, me the girl who is so long winded all of a sudden had nothing to say.
I had approximately 26 unfinished drafts of other posts saved in my WordPress queue with having all intentions of posting them during that hiatus. But I couldn’t, because I had so much to say in each of them that I didn’t even know how to make them concise and interesting enough to post them. So two days before November I came up with this “brilliant” idea to write a blog post per day and post them until November 30th. I like to think of this series as the pop-up shop of INTREEGME.
Can I let you in on a little secret though?….
This ish is hard as HELL.
I mean really it is. It’s basically like writing an essay everyday, and no one gives you the topic to write about, so that’s left up to you to brainstorm too. It’s just so friggin challenging to write something and make it internet ready in less than a day (keep in mind I keep a 9 to 5 too people). And that’s mainly because my approach to writing blog posts usually takes over the course of a few days, because first I need to be inspired.
Writing is another form of art to me, and like any art form, the artist (/writer/actor/dancer) needs inspiration to dig from, in order to create. And it’s not that I don’t have the inspiration, there’s a trillion and one things to write about. It’s that I don’t have the time each day to create a post from start to finish and post it exactly the way I want it to be. I usually like taking time to hash out my thoughts (usually in the notes section of my phone when I’m on the subway), then typing it out and giving myself a couple of days to make sure I have all my thoughts out on the topic before posting. During this 30 days, what I didn’t want to get into the habit of doing was half-assing each post this month, just to be able to say I completed it. And half-assing I have not.
But this is good for me. It’s forcing me to get it together. I didn’t create list of 30 posts to write of ahead of time. I’m pretty much just flying by the seat of my pants. It’s forcing me to buckle down and promptly figure out my feelings and express myself without thinking too hard.
Yes, I have a tendency to think too hard, which sometimes hinders me. And when I think too much about how I’m going to write something, it usually doesn’t get written.
And to let you in another secret…
If you wonder if I wrote this post because I truly didn’t know what else to write about tonight, then I #PleadTheFifth
And those 26 drafts remained untouched.
(Oh and I was kidding about quitting…where they do that at??? Lol…. The saga continues tomorrow)