Reflections on writing every day

Today is day 28 of my 28 Day Writing Challenge. I am so glad I decided to tried writing every day--I haven’t done anything like this before and I’ve learned a lot about my writing process, time management, and capacity to push through writer’s block and brain fatigue. Reflections on writing every day

Reflections:

  • I put together an editorial calendar for the month. I found it helpful, especially as a place to put links to articles that inspired writing topics, but I didn’t stick to it 100%.
  • It’s really hard to squeeze daily writing into a hectic schedule. Not only do I work full time, but because I work in Maryland and live in Philadelphia, I only see my husband on the weekends. Because we have limited time together, I found it difficult to make time to write on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • I often began a piece at night and then finished it before work the next morning. After work, I would start the next day’s.
  • Sometimes, due to the time restraints, I didn’t have the time or bandwidth to write an in-depth post.
  • I missed a few days. Not too many, but a few.
  • Likewise, having to produce a piece every day meant that, even though I tried to keep a few days ahead, I didn’t always have enough time to research as much as I would have liked.
  • I also didn’t have much time to let a piece sit so I could come back to it the next day with fresh eyes. There are almost certainly stylistic faux pas and grammatical errors that I would have caught if I’d been able to self-edit.
  • That said, there are some pieces that I’m proud of writing and plan to expand upon in the coming weeks. The most popular post I’ve ever written: “Eating clean” is dangerous to your health. The antimicrobial resistance series (Part I, Part II, Part III). Suicide prevention gets a new partner: Facebook.

I’m not going to continue posting every day. It’s just not sustainable for me at this point. However, I plan to write (at least) two pieces per week, one of which will be an in depth, longer exploration of a topic.

I want to be sure that I am producing quality work, not just quantity. I take writing seriously, and while I’m glad I did this as a kick in the pants to get me back into it, I think my work will improve if I can take time to write, rewrite, and rewrite again.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me. It’s been fun, and I’m glad you were here with me.