As pointless and exhausting as it was, I’m glad I did it

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On the 1st of November, as everyone geared up for NaNoWriMo, I decided to set myself a writing challenge: to write and publish at least 100 words every day.

Not very impressive, I know. But after being almost completely blocked for more than two years, there was absolutely no chance in hell I would be able to write 50,000 words and finish a novel draft like all the NaNoWriMo heroes out there. It would be unwise to aim any higher than I did.

Thirty days later, I am proud to call the experiment a success.

I did not write a…

Why I ditched my online courses to build Lego robots with my son

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I had planned the perfect self-improvement schedule for this Saturday: books, podcasts, online courses.

It’s not the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday but, having recently changed careers and started work in a new field, I need to make the most of my weekends if I want to catch up with my peers.

My son was part of the plan, too. I prepared a table with children’s books and two boxes of Legos so he could spend the day playing quietly by my side while I worked.

There was only one problem: his table looked a lot more fun…

100-Word Writing Challenge, Day 27

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After giving it a lot of thought, I concluded that my fear of missing a day of writing is irrational.

It is absurd for me to believe that I will fall into another two-year rut just because I let 24 hours go by without posting anything. Complete nonsense.

I understand that the only way to beat my fear is to confront it.

It ends today.

I will not write or publish anything at all for day 27 of my November writing challenge. I will skip it and go straight from day 26 to day 28.

I am not a superstitious…

A tired father tries to answer his son’s bedtime question

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I was in the middle of my son’s bedtime story when he interrupted me.

— Dad.

— Wait, let’s finish this page first.

— Dad.

— Okay. What?

— When I am 35 years old just like you are, will I be able to touch the ceiling?

He has been going through this information-seeking stage for a while, as all children do, but I am still thrown off by the timing of his questions.

A couple of days ago my wife and I had to scramble to explain “how flowers worked” while his ice cream melted — he wouldn’t eat…

100-Word Writing Challenge, Day 25

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As this challenge approaches its end, I am worried that I might drop my newly-recovered writing habit without the daily obligation to publish something here.

It’s illogical, of course, but that is how I ended up being blocked the last time.

I started by missing one day. Then I thought it would be fine to miss the next one, then another.

I missed nearly two years of writing, one day at a time.

On the one hand, the need to write and publish something every day is a source of stress and anxiety. …

Dan Belmont

I write short stories. I also write about writing. If I'm procrastinating on both, I write about why I haven't been writing. E-mail:

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