Things I learned Doing The #30Layers30Days

I was nervous about doing the #30layers30day November Challenge, by GG of I knew it would force me to be creative and challenge me to write daily. However, I also understood the challenge would reveal my strengths and weakness.

None-the-less, I did it.

I wrote and published daily. I was proud of my accomplishments even though towards the end I could not keep up with publishing everyday. I quickly learned that if I am remolding floors, trying to organize my house, and host a Thanksgiving dinner for eight, my writing would be pushed to the side. At least until the very last guest left.

Before I knew it, the challenge was over and I had eight phrases left. By this time I was tired and I hated the fact I didn’t complete the challenge.

Ladyi Iris, are you going to continue with your story? I can’t be the only one who’s hooked!” Lindsey posted on Face Book. Lindsey is one of the ladies I met through a Face Book group also hosted by GG. I smiled at the request. I knew I had to complete the story but I wasn’t interested in writing the November challenge in December. So instead I wrote the last installment with all eight phrases. It was forced. It was rushed. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my best work.

Yet, I would not change a thing. I learned a lot about my writing, my flaws and strengths.

#30layers30days was a good reminder of what I can accomplish writing if I just make time to write. Even if my writing is not epic, writing everyday is a great habit to have. If you’re a writer.

Since the challenge, I have been challenging myself to write everyday for at least 1 hour, with no distractions. I also dedicate each hour to writing with a purpose. Sometimes I write for my blog, other times for my novel. Then there are those days where I want to write freely.

I was also reminded of an important rule I made for myself long ago. It’s just as important as writing daily. I can’t rush my work. Some people work best under-pressure. I don’t. I have to give myself time to write, re-write, edit, and write again. When I post my last installment, I was so focused on finishing the project I didn’t focus on finishing the project well. This left my post lacking the same creativity as the other posts, and filled with typos. I’ve made the mistake of rushing in the past, and no matter how many times I think to myself, “I got this,” if I rush my work it shows. I am just not a writer that can finish a great piece in a couple of hours. At least not yet.

I also learned I have a love for poetry. I must have been in grade school the last time I wrote poems. I forgot how easy the words came to me, or how I felt relaxed writing poetry.  I am not sure what made me stop writing poems. It may have been after someone I looked up to told me they don’t like poems. I remember thinking most people probably don’t. Eventually I felt like, why should I write for a dying genre. Yet, this writing exercise made me love the rhythms of the words. It became easy to do. Soon it felt less of a challenge.  That’s when I started to write a short story on a woman having a one night-stand. Which made me realize the many layers of me, the writer. 

I wondered if I should tempt to write a short story. In the past I would find it hard to get a story to transition from one scene to the next with a natural flow. This time I didn’t struggle. The story seemed to write itself, as I created scenes and dialogues, which received positive feedback. I am not sure if I was inspired by my readers who said they were nearly at the edge of their seats, or if the prompts helped. Whatever it was I could write with ease. I felt like I got over a big hurdle in my writing. 

I guess that was the purpose.

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  • Ava Griffith

    Very insightful. I enjoyed experiencing the journey with you. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Ava. I am glad you’re enjoying the journey. Thank you for your support.

  • First let me commend you for completing the challenge! I had to back out because I was already doing a lot of writing for work which triggered my anxiety. Once the anxiety took over I had to quit for a little while. One thing you mentioned is recognizing the need to write, re-write and edit, I have found that to be true for myself as well. The more time I spend with my writing the better the results. It’s one of the reasons I have limited myself to one post per week. At least for now.

    • Thank you Anekia for all of your support. Yes, one post a week for me too. I am hoping over time that I can graduate to at least three. But for now I am trying to post every Friday. Writing an hour a day with no distractions has made publishing more seem doable. Maybe next year.