It was great to see my friend Joe Walker at Guns Out CrossFit today. It has been a while because his schedule has changed so he works out at a different time now. In case you missed it, Joe is the guy who inspired me with the 365 daily render challenge he did and I just modified it to meet my skill set. We had a a moment to exchange thoughts and appreciations about 365 challenges even though his medium differs from mine.
Having only minutes, probably less than five, to chat it was great to quickly cover how we experience the same difficulties and joys with the time, joy, frustration, and discipline that daily postings take up in our respective creative processes.
Like today. For me it is simply about choosing one thing in my brain and then begin write about it.
When I first started, I thought I was going to die. I could not focus. I spent hours some days in front of the screen thinking What am I going to write about. It was like I was a boneless chicken, sliding off the couch. Other times it was begining and scrapping numerous starts to blurbs that ended up being flubs.
Then there was a day I wrote a thought but forgot to press publish. Another day, several days in fact, I forgot to tag pieces and/or categorize articles. The lamest was misnumbering pieces and forgetting to number them at all.
Today I told Joe that I was on article 34 even though I am tracking things on a spreadsheet and in fact, today is Day 44. Hard to believe it let alone remember it.
There are days when a short post is the best I can throw together. There may be days when it is a hurried last minute post or, on rare ocassion as in yesterday, a post may done fairly early. It is just about the discipline of posting something every day.
What has been great about this experience so far is how quickly I am able to put things together in such a short time, but more so the joy in accomplishing the daily challenge.
It is like CrossFit for writing. It is #CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations.