Day 30: The Eternal Optimist and Notes on a Damaged Culture

If I’m going to be honest with myself, I just know that there’s no way I’d ever find time to write a novel. It’s just not going to happen. Luckily, Nanowrimo has been persistent. I received an email two months ago about potentially participating so I thought I’d do 30 days of blogging in October as a practice run. Now that I achieved that, I think I’ve got a chance!

Love at first sight.

The first eight words.

The first paragraph.

The first chapter.

In eight pages.


I wanted to write about the Filipino community and make a reference to an article written called “Notes on a Damaged Culture”. Then I thought I was going to write about how I am always an optimist and I don’t know why. Are some people born to have a happier disposition than others? Why do I always see the silver lining? I was even thinking about Nanowrimo and how that would mean waking up at 5.30am to get at least an hour of writing each day. Then immediately I thought: “No, it’s not about waking up an hour early, think of it as being able to see the sunrise every day for 30 days. Thirty Sunrises. See what I just did there?”

But after running more than 7km today (around Lady Macquarie’s Point then to the NSW Art Gallery. Yay!), a short gym sesh (I was in the zone!) and two hours of YouTube videos on how to write a novel, I’ve decided I will write about this YouTube video I’m currently watching, titled “How Editors Know If Your Writing is Good“.

It’s so true – clickbait blogging, clickbait journalism and clickbait ‘stuff’ has dominated a lot of content online now. Writing to ride on predictive behaviour (we all want to read about violence, watch cat memes, etc.)

I’ve long decided clickbait journalism is not me. Yes, you can be a lot smarter about positioning articles to generate views but I don’t want to game the system, or fool a reader, just so I can make extra advertising dollars. The reader traffic should be there because someone out there decided to read the article, not because it had a clickbait headline but because the story mattered to them. I told you. Eternal optimist.

On to what I want to talk about …

So …

I did it!

I’ve managed to write 30 days in a row. Well, almost. I missed Day 11 and I’ve had to do extra posts in the one day, and instead of blogging, it’s more rambling and just publishing it online … but, I did it. I’ve managed to squeeze in time to write everyday despite my hectic schedule.

How did I do it?

  1. Routine – most of my posts were written while I was on the bus, mainly on my way home. That 30 minutes on the bus gave me time to write.
  2. Commitment – no matter how tired I got or how busy my day got (like, when I was at a three-day conference), I followed through my promise to myself to write every day.
  3. Actively thinking about writing a blog – for the past 30 days, I’ve made an effort thinking of ideas to blog about. I did this actively over the course of the day, not just in the five minutes before I wanted to write.
  4. Going online and YouTube to read ‘how to write novels’ content. This got me into the zone of blogging.
  5. Frustration – if I’m going to be honest with myself, I just know that there’s no way I’d ever find time to write a novel. It’s just not going to happen. Lucky Nanowrimo was persistent. I’ve been a member since 2011 but never quite got around to writing. I received an email again two months ago about potentially participating. So I thought I’d do a dry-run. Now that I achieved that, I’m more motivated to do Nanowrimo. It’s the only way I would ever get around to writing a novel – or at least a first draft of a novel.

So that’s it. Congratulations to me! Woo Hoo! 30 Days of Blogging. Mission Accomplished!


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