I found a Twitter hashtag the other day while surfing the home feed. With a bit of research, I discovered a group of writers doing 500 words a day and supporting each other. Pretty cool. So I posted about it.
— J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) August 5, 2018
There were several replies and new friends right after I made that tweet. One really stuck out though.
You can jump in ANYTIME of the month, any day, anywhere. Go for it! Make a splash! You will be welcomed into the #AugWritingChallenge; unless you are holding yourself back?
— SCARLO Folsom (@veganlife_lopez) August 5, 2018
unless you are holding yourself back
Am I holding myself back? Do I do that?
At first I thought, “No.” But then it nagged at me.
I have some surgery scheduled for this month. Self-care? I don’t plan to write after, while I’m coming off the anesthesia and recovering. (That isn’t to say I definitely won’t, just that it’s not planned.) Am I holding myself back by not intending to write that day or two?
Snookums and I are going on a mini-vacation as part of my birthday plans. Away from technology. (That’s not to say I won’t scratch things out with a rock or ash, but I won’t be typing.) Any words I would write, if I write them, during that time would have to be rewritten/ typed in. Meaning more work. I’m not saying that’s bad, but do the words that are rewritten count to the day or not… Is that an excuse, am I holding myself back? Maybe.
And there are days where I plan to just read. And other goals and to-do list items, plus work and family and stuff. Am I holding myself back?
Because I planned August with certain goals in mind. And daily writing wasn’t part of the goals. Am I holding myself back by achieving some goals instead of others?
As a writer, maybe. As a rounded person, maybe not.
This is an interesting conundrum.
Word count: 350
Unless I count the emails I wrote, the text-based conversation I just had, the instructions written, plus this post, I’m not at 500 for the day. But I’m running low on time if I want to get other things done tonight. (Like having dinner, bathing, and getting ready for work tomorrow.)
Am I holding myself back? Am I?
I really don’t know. Maybe I am.
Word count: 416
WordPress might be counting the HTML in from the Twitter embedded posts. The number might be inflated. I’m debating how guilty I feel about that. When I’m writing, really focused, 500 words is nothing. It’s easy. But I’m not doing that today. I did not make plans for that day. I maybe should have. I’d have to not do something else. Decide who to disappoint. Though, some of the groundwork I did today means less work for me later, because it sets up a delegation system. Fail today to succeed tomorrow?
Am I holding myself back? I don’t honestly know now.
Word count: 518