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                   --Lee Pound

Day 365 - The Writer Who Could

It started as a sudden thought deep in the writer’s mind about one year ago. The thought was absurd. Start writing stories and keep writing stories for a year. Every day. This from a writer who had maybe written a blog post once or twice a month (well, a couple of times this writer did 15 posts in a row).

The writer, having had the thought, took action. He bought a domain name, downloaded a copy of WordPress and installed a fresh new blog, untouched by typewriter keys (age showing, its computer keyboard keys now), a blank white page fresh and ready to accept words.

This blank page is no different from the blank piece of paper we used to put in typewriters years ago. You still have to stare at it for a while before hitting the keys that make letters appear. On August 25, 2010, our writer entered the words “A Story a Day for a Year??” in the subject line and declared his intentions to the world. Well, maybe not to the world but at least to whoever should stumble upon this piece of nonsense. He posted it, then wrote the words “Day 1″ in the next blank post box and wrote a story. One down, 364 to go.

Now imagine looking at the calendar for the upcoming year. It looks pretty intimidating with all those little boxes to be filled in. Most of us have a hard time doing a regular task every day for a week without wanting the weekend off. No weekends off for this writer, that’s part of the bargain. Do it every day or forget it. Ask yourself how long you would last under these circumstances.

Suddenly August 26, 2010 arrived and our writer had to write another story. Which he did. And day after day new stories appeared. Some were good, some were bad, some were barely stories but then our writer gets to define the word story as well since after all it is his blog. The next day, the next day, the next day and after a while it starts to get old. However, our writer did make a commitment to write and did it in public, at least potentially public, although that doesn’t make much difference. A commitment is a commitment.

So the writing continues. Five, 10, 15, 20, a few close calls but no forgetting. Each one met the midnight deadline every day. It starts to become routine, like a train rolling down a track. Every day a story gets written.

From time to time a comment appeared. Events happened. Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. BlogWorld in Las Vegas. Stories every day. Vacation stays in Santa Barbara. Christmas, New Years, so forth and so on.

The stories ranged from fiction to personal to family to fiction and around and around again. Each one was mostly different although a few got elaborated on. At times the words didn’t come immediately, mostly because of censoring on our writer’s part. When he stopped it, the words flowed again.

So the stories mounted up, dozens, then a hundred, then two hundred and our writer knew there was no way he could stop now. The writing would continue every day, every day, no matter what, and it did, every day. It was work, no doubt about that. It was drudgery at times. A few times it was done in five minutes. But it is the result that counts, not the details. As long as a story went up, the string remained unbroken.

And now our writer has reached the 365th day, the goal, the desired achievement and it all seems so easy looking back. Of course, I am that writer. I was a different person back then. A lot has changed in the course of the year, most of it chronicled on the blog. Last August I wondered if it could be done. Today I know it can. Today I know that if I set my mind to do virtually anything, I can do it. Nothing much could be as hard as writing a story every day for a year, even writing a book. I suspect this year-long effort amounted to about 100,000 words, a good sized book. This isn’t the first big goal I’ve accomplished and most of these are covered in the blog.

So now that this is over, what are the big goals coming up? Looks like there are a lot of them. Selling lots of copies of the Adapt or Perish book. Selling a lot of copies of the Profitable Social Media book. Putting my business into overdrive so it thrives and I help a lot of people get books written and published. Setting up a mastermind program. Getting more people into my protege program so they can learn powerful writing skills.

None of these will be easy but then writing all the stories wasn’t easy either. This blog? I’ll continue to write on it every day. After all, why break the streak now. The stories will change a bit as we go along. I’d love to hear some success stories from my readers. Tell me what worked for you and I’ll share it with some of the world. I’ll also write more on the Writing for Marketers blog as well.

The biggest lesson for everyone out is this: If you are struggling with your writing, if you can’t seem to get started, seem to be blocked, just remember, it is all in your head. Nothing is stopping you except for your own thoughts and beliefs. If you believe in blocks, you will get blocked. If you believe it is hard to write, it will be hard to write. If you believe you can’t do a task you have set for yourself, you will fail. Change your mind, change your results.

The journey isn’t over. It has just started. And it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

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