So what have I learned from this writing exercise?

So what have I learned from all this? A lot. I feel I’m more observant about the things going on around me. I pay attention to the smaller details during the day. It was sort of like the first time I picked up the camera, I saw things a little differently and thought about them from a different angle.

I also learned that once I drop my inhibitions I can write freely and with great speed. I feel I can put together ideas and thoughts more easily than I did when I started. If anything, I may have become too wordy. I want to explain, to chronicle, to give details, to remember when it came to the end of the year. I’ve also got a ton of material to use for word analysis; to see how my sentences go together and words I overuse. I tell you what though, after I got through those first couple of weeks, this project has been a ton of fun.

Will I do it again next year? That’s a good question. I’m pretty sure I will. However, I wrote down so many new ideas during the year that I’d like to try and work through one or two of them. This writing project has been such a learning experience that I don’t think I want to bring it to an end. I’m not even sure I could. If anything I might try and scale back a little bit. Perhaps I will try to be a little more precise.

I don’t fear the blank page anymore. The next challenge is to turn this writing into something useful. Maybe it will be more journal entries, maybe a short story. If nothing else this exercise has helped me think on my feet, put ideas down and move forward as quickly as possible knowing that editing if different than writing.

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