I wrote and published something every day throughout the entire month of June. I'm still not a fan of writing; that much hasn't changed. However, this challenge did change me for the better. Every person that accepts this challenge will likely experience some change, but it's different for everyone. In order to give you a better idea of what the benefits might be for you, here is how this 30 days of writing made me a better person.
I'm more resilient.
The GIF to the left is an accurate representation of what this month was like for me. Often times, I would finish a post late at night only to be stressed about what I was going to write when I woke up the next morning. Over the course of the month, I've learned to deal with that stress. Repeating the same frustrating task day in and day out has made me a more resilient person. I'm a firm believer in the fact that every time you do something that you hate, an opportunity at self-improvement presents itself. This writing challenge was no exception.
I'm more persistent.
Writing a blog post every single day may be easy for some people, but it wasn't for me. Although I wrote something different each day, that didn't stop me from becoming bored with the process. Because I was committed to seeing this challenge though, I learned to just keep going, no matter how I was feeling on a particular day. Whether I had a busy schedule, was physically or mentally exhausted, didn't have access to a computer, or was simply bored, I still wrote and published something.
I'm less prone to procrastination.
Usually, when I commit to producing some type of writing that must be completed by a certain date, I associate it with homework and put it off until the "last minute". I'll admit that I had the "school assignment" mindset for most of this challenge, but about two weeks in, I decided to test myself. Just for the sake of proving to myself that I could do it, I tried writing my posts in the morning instead of before I went to bed. Although procrastination is still an issue for me for these types of "assignments", I don't think it's as big of an issue as it was before I started this challenge.
I'm more creative.
Although I was advised to write down as many ideas as possible, I decided not to. Whether it was part laziness or just due to the fact that I wanted to test my on-the-spot creativity, I came up with the majority of my ideas the same day that I wrote about them. Although the person who uttered this quote is debated upon, the phrase "I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning." was quite relevant for me this month. As the month went by, it became easier and easier to think of ideas on what to write about.
I'm a better writer.
When you do anything for 30-days straight, it's almost impossible not to improve at it; writing is no exception. Throughout the course the month, I've improved my writing not just through my own posts, but by reading and analyzing other material. In addition to my actual skill improving, the speed at which I write has also increased. Instead of spending multiple hours on each post, I've now learned to buckle down and write an entire post (however long it may be) in under an hour (usually).
If you're on the fence about starting a writing challenge for yourself, I highly recommend doing so, even if you hate writing. As someone that hates writing themselves, don't get me wrong, I'm glad that it's over. However, I'm more glad that I actually did it.