30 Things I Learned After Writing 500 Words a Day for 30 Days (Part 2)


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This is the last day of my 500 Words A Day challenge, and as promised here’s the rest of the things I learned:


16. When I sit down to write, stories of my my childhood come up. I’m not sure what that says about me, but posting here is much cheaper than going to therapy so let’s get to the bottom of it together, shall we?

17. I should probably go to therapy.

18. Everyone could use a little therapy.

19. My mom cries at most things I write.

20. My dad almost never cries, but I made him tear up on Father’s Day and isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about? Making your dad cry?

21. My sister has only read one of these posts, the one about her. If I want her to read more of my writing, I need to write more posts about her.

22. I didn’t write a specific post about my brother, but he’ll get a couple chapters in the book which I’m sure he’s looking forward to.

23. Yesterday I couldn’t think of what to write about so I started this list, but today I have roughly 437 ideas, so stay tuned for my forthcoming “500 Words a Day for 437 Days” challenge.

24. The people in my life are incredible and supportive and hilarious and kind and on days when I didn’t think I have anything important or relevant or funny or useful to say, they made me feel like a superstar. Cheer your friends on, cheer your family on, cheer complete strangers on — the world needs more cheer.

25. If you’ve always wanted to try something, try it. I sat on this challenge for months after seeing a friend post hers, when I should have just started the next day. What if I had been hit by a bus and the world would have been deprived of my thoughts on sleeping? Tragic.

26. When you move towards your goals, you inspire others to do the same. I’ve gotten a couple notes throughout this month from friends and strangers telling me they’re going to start on their own challenge, and nothing made me happier.

27. They say it takes twenty-one days to form a habit, which is something I’ve always read but have never really committed to trying. I think this is the first thing I’ve done every day for a month straight, other than drink coffee and maybe showering? I plan on taking this newly engrained habit and running with it. In fact, a friend and I pledged to each other to have something ready to submit to literary agents by August 1st.

28. It helps to make pledges public on the internet.

29. I pledge that’s my last pledge on the internet. (For now.)

30. Writing can be a solitary activity, just you and your brain hunched over a blank piece of paper or screen, dumping out words. Sometimes your words can create worlds in people’s heads and sometimes they can move actual heads in the world. The stories we tell about ourselves and each other matter, probably now more than ever. Be careful what stories you believe and even more careful with the stories you tell yourself. But when you share your stories with the people you love (and also complete strangers on the internet), it helps us all understand we’re so much more alike than we are different.



This is post #30/30 in a 500 Words-A-Day Challenge. Read them all here.