My word of the year for 2021 is Yes. And a big part of that is I’m committed to writing bravely again.
This means that I’m going try new forms, take on new challenges and venture into finding new readers for my writing.
Writing Bravely Again
Last week I took part in the Hope Writers’ Instagram Writing Challenge. While I wasn’t able to post in time because of some problems with my time, I made time write down my responses to each prompt. I’m happy to share them with you today.
Day 1 prompt – New You
This month, I complete 13 years of blogging. But I’ve decided that I’m going to be looking at my writing with a beginner’s mind. I’m going to try out new forms, new challenges and push myself to write more. I’ve never claimed to be an expert writer, but this year, I want to be like a new writer. Absorbing everything I can learn. Being adventurous with my writing and constantly reminding myself about why I write. ⠀
I write – to express myself, to heal myself, to challenge myself and to change myself. If in the process of reading my writing, someone else is healed, challenged or motivated to change, that is a bonus.
Day 2 prompt – Progress
Does progress mean success – or does it mean daring greatly. Daring to be vulnerable. ⠀
I want to really stick my neck out this year. Pushing forward with my writing. Working on my craft. Yes, I love to keep my writing simple, but that doesn’t mean it should be boring. What can I learn? What new methods can I try? How can I be adventurous with my writing? ⠀
Day 3 prompt – Shine
The most important part of writing is showing up! Putting your buttocks in the chair and writing. Every day. Writing your heart out. Writing to show the world parts of you that sometimes even you don’t fully appreciate! Writing is a process in self-discovery. The more you show up – the more YOU show up! I’m writing to discover myself, to uncover parts of myself that are hidden. Today, I’m reminding myself to show up, take my crown off the stand, dust it off and shine on!⠀
Day 4 prompt – 21
Yes’! That’s my word for 2021. And when I thought about it, I definitely wanted to say yes to a lot more writing from the heart. Less writing out of habit, and more writing out of intent. Less writing because I have to, and more writing because I want to. Because I need to. I recall Wordsworth’s words: Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. That’s the way I want to write. Heart-filled writing. Authentic writing.
Day 5 prompt – Fresh
This prompt was linked to Kate Motaung’s #FiveMinuteFriday link up. I published my response to the prompt on Everyday Gyaan. You can read ‘Freshly Cut Roses‘ there.
Day 6 prompt – Rhythm
Writing has its own rhythm. Like life, I guess. I’m not talking about the arrangement of words or alliteration, but about getting into the rhythm of writing. Writing regularly. Writing every day. This year, I’ve started doing that. And you know what? I’ve fallen in love with writing all over again. Try writing every day and I promise you that the rhythm is going to get you! ;)⠀
Day 7 prompt – Celebrate
Today I’m celebrating the fact that in the midst of a lot of things happening at home, I’ve still managed to complete this writing challenge. I’ve written small bits and all of them centre on writing, but that’s what’s been on my mind since the start of this year. I’ve created a folder on my computer called My Writing Journey, acknowledging that I’m starting over with a beginner’s mind! I’ve started participating in a lot more challenges and link ups both to challenge myself and also to connect with a variety of writers.⠀
Today I celebrate writing and my writing journey!⠀
Today I’m recommitting myself to writing bravely again!