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This November, I'm challenging myself to write every day. You can read them all under the "Shorts" category, where each post should be around 500-1k words. Think of them as "less polished" than my usual longer blog posts. This is Day 1. I did something similar before back in June this year, by writing every day at least 100 words for 100 days. Since then, I've been writing and publishing at least once a month, up from none previously. This time I'll be writing in a more structured manner, mainly because I want to improve my writing skills as well as the other three listed below.
Reason 1: I want to think betterReason 2: I want to express myself betterReason 3: I want to boost visibility online
Reason 1: I want to think better
I write to get my thoughts out so that I can see them clearly. I want to improve how I process information, so what better way to do it through the written word. Writing things down forces us to bring more clarity to our thoughts so they become more concrete. Even with journaling, I'm able to see all of my thoughts, fears and concerns clearly, allowing me to better understand myself. I realise I faced many of them before in the past, so they're not so bad after all because I'm able to slowly overcome them. It also reduces brain fog caused by the daily content (over)consumption, helping to process my thoughts more effectively. Sometimes I struggle to find the right words. A lot of times I find it difficult to communicate the things I want to say because of the lack of clearer thoughts. With writing, I can sort and filter them, put ideas together, rearrange them in order, and even form new ideas. It contributes to the improvement of my thinking process which may help lay out and bring more clarity to my ideas. Writing makes you think. Writing and thinking are closely linked. You can't write without thinking. So that's why writing regularly can help us think more clearly. I'll also leave this quote by David McCullough here:
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard."
Reason 2: I want to express myself better
I've always found it hard to express myself because I don't know how to translate my thoughts into spoken words well enough. As I slowly get better at writing, my thoughts become less jumbled which allows me to communicate and hold discussions better along with more confidence. With that, I express myself better by sharing more of my opinions with others. Maybe that's why I haven't really found my "authentic" self because I'm still haven't been able to explore and communicate better about the things I do, enjoy, hate, strive for. And with improved communication, I hope to build stronger relationships and connections with both old and new people alike.
Reason 3: I want to boost visibility online
When I write and publish my works online, I'm openly sharing my knowledge with the world. Even if they have already been written by someone else, I still share them regardless because maybe I might have something unique to offer from my perspective. I'll consider it a success if I can inspire a few people through the internet. If someone found me through my writing because it spoke to them, I can meet and network with like-minded people who I might not have met otherwise. If I continue writing as much as I can, I'll be able to reach and inspire more people while also expressing myself more authentically. If that isn't a great deal, then I don't know what is.
Writing is a powerful medium, and it's a form of creativity itself. The creativity of putting words together, forming sentences, forming paragraphs and eventually posts, articles, and books. Imagine bringing and creating something to life through words! And I think, best of all, it's amazing to see how much we've learned and grown when we read back our older writing.