I started this plan to write everyday using Jerry Seinfeld’s don’t-break-the-chain method back in 2016.
We are now in 2021 and even after the hardest year of my life, I did not break the chain.
Not when the pandemic hit.
Not when our yoga studio has had to temporarily close.
Not when my husband was furloughed for six months.
Not when he took an earlier retirement than we had planned.
Not when we had to scramble and pay for own health insurance.
Not even when my BFF of 40 years died unexpectedly.
After 5 years of daily writing, it has become an integral part of my day. An integral part of who I am.
It’s how I know who I am, who I was, who I am becoming.
It’s how I process life.
It’s a practice. I write with the intention of just showing up. Of being present to this moment.
Writing daily keeps me tethered to something larger than myself, especially when I have felt so untethered this year.
Writing daily takes the decision out of writing. I don’t have to decide whether to write or not. I just write.
Even though I haven’t written on my fiction as much as I want to, writing daily improves my craft. It improves my discipline. It connects me to my voice.
When I made those first red “x’s” in all 365 squares I thought I could maybe continue it by filling in each triangle the “x” made. If I did that I will have written for 1,825 in a row. It was an admirable goal but I never ever thought I would actually follow through and do it.
But I did.
There’s the board. Completely filled.
I did it.
And now writing every day is as natural as breathing.