Building confidence on a foundation of practice

In March, I appeared as a guest on my friend Michael’s podcast and discussed the creative process and daily blogging. Shortly after, he decided to blog every day for 100 days. I really enjoyed his writing—some highlights include his reflections on identity, mental health, and leaning into your strengths—and I found myself checking his blog every day.

While Michael move his daily writing to X, he reflects 100 days of blogging:

This was one of the best choices I’ve made. It has helped me think more clearly and organize my ideas. I feel like a real writer now, and I love it. I am not the best writer yet, but I enjoy the process of improving 1% every day.

In Creative Doing, I wrote two prompts entitled choose a creative operation and do it for 10 days. Michael’s 100 days of blogging combined these prompts, and he showed up every day for 100 days. His practice enabled him to build confidence as a writer, and I’m really excited to read more of his work. I’ve gotten a lot from his writing, and I know I will continue to—and I think that’s the same for his other readers as well. In big and small ways, the world will be better off with him writing more.

That could be the case for you, too. You’ve got something good to share with the world—but your certainty about what it is wavers. And that’s totally normal. 

Whatever stage you are in your writing journey, a daily practice like this through the easy times and the hard ones really helps maintain your energy and confidence. It reminds me of this excerpt from Creative Doing:

Michael Saviello, a manager at Astor Place Hairstylists, was inspired to pick up his paintbrush after he saw his friend and customer Rafael Hines self-publish his book Bishop’s War by writing from midnight to 3 a.m., sleeping until 6 a.m., and going to his full-time job. He resolved to paint during his lunch hour; several months into this habit, he debuted at his local art gallery. He said in an interview with Humans of New York, “My entire life, I’d been saying, ‘I can do that.’ I always knew it. But I finally did it. So now other people know it too.”

P.S., More on why I write at this blog every day (more on that here, here, here, here, and here).

P.P.S., My full interview with Michael below:

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