3 Important Lessons I Learned Writing an Article Every Day for a Month
The month of February was a trial in writing for me. For quite some time I’ve dabbled on Medium and had modest success with my articles. But at the end of 2020, I wanted to become more focused on my craft and invest in myself. I follow quite a few writers on Medium several of which I read regularly John P Weiss, Ayodeji Awosika, Ryan Holiday, and Anthony Moore to name some of my favorites. I strive to meet the content and consistency these writers produce. But until this month I wasn’t putting forth the effort to make that a reality.
“Consistency is the most fundamental virtue to becoming the person you want to be.” — Benjamin Hardy
The first weekend of 2021 I joined a live webinar hosted by Anthony Moore. The main topic of the webinar was how to Achieve Your 12-Month Goal in 30 Days. Anthony had lots of good advice, but the part that resonated with me is the repetition and intensity he was advocating for. After the webinar, I made myself a promise to increase my output. For the month of February, I decided to write an article every single day. I learned so much from this process; the most important are highlighted below.
1. Open Your Eyes & Ears, Subject Matter is All Around You
Prior to this month-long dive into extreme writing, I would labor over content and what to write about. I never felt like I had a subject that struck me, and I felt like I was grasping for subject matter. But when I committed to this endeavor, I knew that I’d have to really concentrate on finding things to write about. The last week in January I started writing down title concepts and subject matter. I had a list of fifteen ideas and thought this will get me halfway through the month; I should be ok.
“Ideas come from everything”― Alfred Hitchcock
As I started writing, I stuck to my list for about the first five articles. After those articles, my content started coming directly from the conversations I was having with others, the books I was reading, or the thoughts I was contemplating. The rest of the month I never had a brainstorming session about content. Ideas are all around us, we just have to open our minds to all of the content people and the world have to offer.
2. Consistency of Action
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” ― James Clear
I’ve written several articles this month, where I reference Atomic Habits by James Clear. If you haven’t picked up a copy or listened to it on Audible, I recommend doing for anyone attempting a serious change in their life. The compounding effects of consistency of action create the person you want to be.
“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”― James Clear
I spent this month cultivating a habit that has given me more confidence in the craft and a better understanding of what it actually takes to become a prolific writer. It wasn’t perfect, it was about the process and make it part of my identity and life. John Dryden said, “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” This process has proven Mr. Dryden’s statement to me.
3. Life is about Adaptation
This experiment was more than just a test, it was an opportunity to show myself the power of being present, being consistent, and learning to adapt. If you looked back on my articles this month, you would see a litany of different pictures, topics, titles, and composition styles. I’m discovering my way, through practice and flexibility to determine my style. The growth can be challenging and scary at times, but it’s also wonderful.
“Life is a concept, like the “universe”, that expands as soon as we reach what we think is its edge.” ― Kamand Kojouri
I don’t see myself repeating this experiment again, but I do see myself facing challenges similar to this one head-on. This process provided a litmus test for future actions, and the opportunity to explore how much more I can grow through the process.