Day 2, Take 2 (Reverb 10)

My previous entry was 462 words. That fact is of interest to me because at the same time I am attempting the Reverb 10 challenge, I am also attempting the challenge. I like to multitask. In this case, double-duty is no doubt ill advised, designed to accomplish nothing more than drive me crazy. That never really stopped me before, though. I see no reason why it would now.

So the question of the day is “What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?”

My first answer was “write.” My second answer is “rush.”

I’m always in a hurry when I write these days. Note my previous confession that I normally write as the last thing I do before I go to bed. I’m tired. I’m yawning. I’m worried about the alarm going off too early the next morning. I’m ready to crash.

As a result, I just toss something out there without lingering over it. If you are a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed I don’t take the time to proofread. Sometimes I wake up in the night picturing my own errors, in which case I do come back and fix them. I don’t come back looking for them, though.

I don’t much care. Errors are just surface issues. I care more about the writing itself, and of course I would turn a finer phrase or two if I took more time. I’d like to believe I would at any rate.

So “rush” is my second issue, which is basically just another way of stating my first issue of “write.” I don’t have time to write because I write too much for my job; therefore, I rush.

But you know what? I still write. I’ve made writing a priority despite every obstacle. Of that I am proud.

If I continue to make it a priority, in 29 days I will have put in one full year without missing a single day of posting at least something to the blog. If I can do that, maybe it doesn’t matter if I meet every single other goal I set. Maybe it doesn’t matter if I rush a little too often. I rush, but I write, and that’s okay.

Maybe it doesn’t even matter if I finish out my 750 words.

This post plus the other one, by the way, add up to 867 words. Cheers.

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