A Writing Project

Last weekend, two friends and I ventured to Nashville, TN, aka “Music City,” for our first annual girlfriend getaway. We left behind our husbands, the seven children we have between us, our busy lives that demand most of our energy everyday, our routines, and our expectations. We took with us a feeling of freedom, a sense of appreciation, suitcases of simple summer dresses and sandals, and a readiness for whatever was next.

I have so much to say, so many amazing moments I want to share with just about anybody who will listen (or read). My two friends are singer/songwriters, and since we went to Nashville to take part in the annual Songwriter’s Festival that takes place there, we spent a lot of time talking about the songwriting process and writing in general. (Thankfully, we also spent a lot of time writing a song and even more time singing.)

We decided to support each others’ goals to “write more” by creating a writing project. My friends, Karen and Janet, are writing songs, and I’m writing blog posts. Our project is called: “10 Ditties in 10 Days.” It began yesterday and will continue through June 17th. I’m starting a day late, but I’m still committed to meeting the goal of writing 10 posts (feel free to set them to music if you want to :-)).

10 Ditties in 10 Days

Here are our rules:

  • Write something everyday.
  • Give yourself permission to write something that’s not perfect.
  • Stay committed.
  • Don’t get hung up in the details (“Do I have to write a whole song, or is just a verse or chorus okay?” or “I usually blog about business stuff, so do I have to create 10 business blog posts?”). Just write.

So here’s the coaching part: I want to focus more on my blog, but I’ve been resisting posting to it on a regular schedule for a long time. I know it takes about 28 days to create a new habit, but 28 days seems just too much to commit to right now. So I’m gonna take a baby step and commit to 10 days of practicing a new habit I want to form. And I’m sharing this goal with two friends who are committed to the same thing. And I’m sharing it publicly so you can see me working through it and help keep me accountable.

Want to join me? Leave a comment below and let me know you’re participating in “10 Ditties in 10 Days.” I’ll check in on you (just leave me your email or twitter handle.) I’d appreciate you keeping tabs on me and bugging me to keep it up. I really want to do this, but right now it feels hard. That’s how change feels sometimes.

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  1. Hey, Lara,

    I am in the midst of a similar challenge myself and for the same reasons you and your friends have embarked on “10 Ditties in 10 Days.” And while my rules aren’t written down, they are pretty much the same as yours.

    My challenge is to write and post to my blog daily for 19 days. Why 19 days, because there were 19 days from the time i decided to do the challenge to the time I leave to go to Denver for the College Speaker’s Academy.

    Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
    * It’s easy to get distracted and put off posting to the last task of the day, even sometimes barely making it before the clock strikes midnight.
    * It’s not easy to miss a day. This commitment is so real for me that I don’t WANT to miss a day.
    * Writing a blog post doesn’t have to take that long, but formatting it so the picture shows up right where you want them can take way more time than you thought it would (or wanted it to.)
    * Allowing yourself to be “imperfect” is so easy in theory but not as easy in real life.
    * Writing and getting your message out to the world is so rewarding — for us and for those who benefit from finally hearing our message.

    I could go on and on re: lessons learned, but I’ll wrap with this:

    I’m going to make sure and check in on how things are going!

    Good luck and great job!

  2. Shannon,

    I am so excited for you and your trip to the College Speaker’s Academy! That sounds fantastic! I love that you picked a goal that had a lot of relevance and meaning for you. And I really appreciate you sharing it here, in a public forum. I know that when we tell the world what we’re up to, we have that much more skin in the game and are about 3x more likely to get it done than if we just tell ourselves.

    Your lessons learned are awesome. My favorite is the last one, about how rewarding it is for us and the rest of the world who benefit from hearing the message we share.

    I’m gonna go subscribe to your blog so I can keep up with you!

    You have a message that the world needs to hear!

    Hugs and best wishes to you–