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Favorite Find: 750 Words

11.14.2011

One of my favorite things to do is write. I guess that’s pretty obvious if I keep writing this blog, right? But truly, I really do enjoy writing.

When I was younger I used to write stories with all kinds of characters with elaborate back stories. However, as much as I liked to write, I never let anyone read any of it. I don’t really know where this fear of other people reading my work grew out of. Partially because I was embarrased. Partially because I didn’t want to get laughed at. So I always kept all of my stories and writing to myself. I was fiercely protective. Until I started blogging.

Blogging opened up a new outlet, a public one at that, to start writing. Not only for myself but for others, too. It has allowed me to be brave, and hit publish. There have been so many times when I’ve hesitated to hit publish, for one reason or another. But I push myself to do it. To keep writing, even if no one is reading it. To keep writing, even if no one likes it.

Last week I discovered a site called 750Words.com and it’s quickly become one of my new favorite sites. It’s based on the idea of writing Morning Pages, as found in the book The Artist’s Way, as a way of doing a daily morning “brain dump” of ideas and stream of consciousness, just to get it all out of your head. And I love it because it’s all online and private, oh and FREE. Because honestly, if I were to write 3 pages daily longhand, I’d probably need an wrist brace. Each month 750 Words has a challenge to complete 30 consecutive days of writing 750 words. While I started on 11.11.11, I will gladly start the challenge again on 12.1.11.

I’ve reignited a new love for writing. Maybe something I write in the next 30 days will make an appearance on the blog, too. Because since I started writing 750 words a day just a few days ago, I’ve found that I want to return to writing from an authentic place. Writing from the heart and chronicling my journey as a photographer and in life, whether or not anybody reads it. Because it’s for me.

Want to join me in December and write 750 Words a day? Let me know in the comments!

 

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