My 500 Words Challenge…

We have finally arrived to 2014 and I have managed to neglect this blog for far too long. My last post was in May of last year and I’m not happy about that at all. I call myself a writer and I want to be a writer, yet I fail to write often enough far too frequently. I need to be writing daily and that has become a New Year’s resolution for me heading into the clean slate that the annual turning of the calendar offers to every single one of us.

I recently came across a writing challenge designed to push anyone with a passion for writing or a desire to write to do just that. Write. Everyday. For the entire month of January. Everyone who participates in the challenge is tasked with writing 500 words per day. It can be on any subject and in any format, but 500 words must be produced every day. And no, emails do not count. This blog post is to announce that I have accepted the challenge.

(If you want to be a part of the My 500 Words challenge, you can find a link to the instructions in the top right corner of my blog.)

As I challenge myself to find the dedication necessary to successfully participate, I also see this as an opportunity to really get back into the swing of things with this blog. I hope to post much more frequently. Even more frequently than I was when I was updating my blog regularly last year.

It is my hope that completing this challenge will turn into me having the habit of writing every single day. Ask any successful writer or author for advice on how to improve your craft and you will likely hear that you must write every single day. No matter what. Not that you should write every day, but that you must.

I have always heard that it takes approximately three weeks to form a habit, so I really hope that holds true in this situation. It’s something that I want to do and I really have no excuse as to why I haven’t been. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to how easy it is to become distracted. It’s so easy to make excuses or plan on getting to something the next day or later. It’s hard to hold yourself accountable. This challenge and my blog should help me avoid those situations. At least that’s my hope.

Hope. I’ve said that a lot in this post so far. I think that hope is renewed in a lot of people when a year is as young as 2014 still is. It could be hope in countless different things. For me this year, it is hope to become a better, more dedicated writer. It is hope to push myself to improve instead of settling for the status quo and above everything else, it is hope to be able to focus on the positive things in my life instead of putting too much focus into the things I don’t have or the things I cannot change. Luckily, my writing frequency is something that I can easily change and I am going to push myself to do just that.