what i learned from writing 50,000 words in 30 days.
1. that i am capable of producing more creative output than i think i am.
2. routine is the chief gateway to get anything creative done.
3. getting up at 5.30 every morning starts the night before.
4.being lonely and afraid has it’s own surprising rewards like bravery and poignancy.
5. life moves very quickly and i want to minimize my regrets on my death-bed about what i wanted to do and experience in my life but didn’t for all the usual hollow reasons.
6. being cheered on by people online through twitter that you have never met brought me a feeling of connection and support that is the best part of humanity.
7. setting a goal that is slightly outside my known level of attainment is a good stretch for my skin and my heart/mind, and then accomplishing that goal through daily commitment brings an inner sense of pride and confidence.
8. that the hours of pre-dawn darkness to light is some of the most beautiful, powerful atmosphere i have been in.
9. that having a ritual, like making tea, lighting a candle and offering my work on behalf of all beings made things easier somehow.
10. that monday, when i begin another round of 2,000 words a day until the end of january, that i have a frame of reference for what feels overwhelming. i can do this, i tell myself. i have done it before. and what an abiding joy self-comfort is.