365 Days Writing Challenge – Checkpoint Five

5 months later, I’m still doing it. In total, including this one, I published an article on my blog every day for the last 151 days. The 365 days writing challenge I started at the beginning of the year is still going on. Not even to the half of it yet, but it’s still going on.

May was less a chaotic month than April, but still a difficult one. Although I am living in Portugal since the beginning of it, and didn’t travel anymore, there was still a lot on my plate, coming from other areas (work, mostly). So, times was still scarce. One evening I literally had to wake up from bed, go to the laptop and write and publish my daily article in the last 30 minutes before midnight. That’s how close it got.

But there was improvement. I was able to work on some drafts I saved for later before, which didn’t happen in April. Still didn’t get to the point where I could schedule posts in advance, to have a little bit of a breather, but I have the feeling that this may happen sometimes in June.

In terms of living (as opposed to just writing) the goal of the month was finding a suitable place to work from. Although it was hit big by Covid-19 measures, Lisbon still has way more to offer in this area than Valencia, plenty of coffee shops and many co-working spaces. I changed about 4 different coffee shops and tried a co-working space once. I found a setup that works relatively well, but I’m still searching. I like to have at least 2-3 places that I work from, not only for variety, but just in case the main one is closed. Being left searching for a place to work for the day, even if it’s motivating, can be disconcerting, especially if you have to urgently deliver some work, or have scheduled meetings.

During this process of identifying coffee shops I was able to write the daily article before anything else started, meaning it was contemporary with my morning coffee. At times, this may show up in this month’s articles as confusion or lack of coherence, but I think you already noticed it.

Another interesting improvement is that I can write easier now, even without a topic. I can just sit at the computer and something will come up. If it doesn’t, I just then do some free writing, and in a few sentences some thread starts to form and I just follow it. One of the goals of this challenge was, and still is, working on my writing skills. This may be done at many levels, but the ability to be able to sit at the computer and write every day, is one of them. Of course, there’s still a lot to be improved, but I choose to focus on the trends, lately, not on the day to day changes.

All in all, May was better than April, let’s hope it will be worse than June!

Onwards and upwards.

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