Hello dear readers, I hope you’re well.
It’s been nearly a week since launching the Publish Everything Challenge, my big self-kick-to-the-backside to reconnect with writing, and I stumbled a bit with the process today, so I thought I would pop on here for a bit of an update.
Aside from the first time (for reasons explained here), I have been honouring the rules and publishing whatever the slip I pull out of the envelope tells me to. It has been a really great way to do things, and I have been looking forward to picking a slip each morning, feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement about what it might hold.
As the rules are that I must post whatever is on the slip, I haven’t been spending ages agonising over what to write or whether it is suitable for the eyes of others – I have just been getting on with it. But, because the piece is going to be read, I have been forced to look at it through a reader’s eyes and tidy things up. Just a quick tidy up, that is – limited time on most days due to having to get to work means I can’t get bogged down in an editing process for ages either. There is no time for procrastination or perfectionism if we are to hit the goal of publication.
So far so good then… until this morning. I picked out a slip from the envelope and didn’t like what I saw, so I picked another. I didn’t like that either, and so I picked another. And then I stopped and asked myself what was going on. Why all the rule breaking? Why all the resistance? How were those pieces any worse or less publishable than anything else I have posted to the website this week?
I didn’t dwell on that question for long. It wasn’t about those pieces. It was about the process. And it didn’t matter why I was resisting it. It just mattered that I was resistant, full stop. It just mattered that I was hitting a wall and thinking it was okay to break the rules. So, what did I do? Well, I did the only thing there was to do: I smashed the wall to smithereens by publishing all of the pieces from the slips I had rejected. This isn’t called a #challenge for nothing, after all!
So that’s where we’re at – partying hard in the discomfort zone. Long may it continue 🙂
Peace and blessings,
2 thoughts on “Hand me the sledgehammer”
Absolutely brilliant! By sticking to your original goal, you’ve shown great strength and resilience!
Amazing attitude and amazing words!
All power to you! Long may it continue! And a huge WELL DONE! 😁😁😁
Thanks Sidra! Inspired by the example you and our other lovely Koyal friends have set with their blogging and by being true to their passions. Long may that continue too 🙂