A premature recap of lessons learned so far2 min read

I thought about waiting to write a recap of my experiences producing these Monologues until I reach 200 days but the truth is, I don’t want to wait another 33 days to do that. So here we are, at day 167 of my 365 project for 2021. Penning down some thoughts I have about the process so far.

I’m not sure where I want to go with this so let’s just begin.

I noticed a trend where I start most of my entries with ‘I’, which I’m now trying to avoid whenever I can.1 It’s not so much that I don’t want to write about myself but I also don’t want to be egocentric doing it. It’s a little difficult to describe but the word ‘I’ has started to become a pain point for me that I prefer to circumvent.2 Perhaps my next point can help further illustrate the sentiment.

I’m still looking for my voice as a writer. Daily writing has certainly helped training to write more quickly and intently. The tone of voice has been inconsistent to say the least though. Obviously this is part of the whole point of this project anyway so I’m not mad about it. I’m just not quite done experimenting with different perspectives and angles. This also pertains to my usage of the word ‘I’ so much and perhaps I’ll find more elaborate ways to share personal stories in the future. It’s very much a work in progress.

Talking about work in progress, having a project like this really helps push my creativity. Most days are still pretty uneventful but this project forces me to find the notable in the boring. It’s a good exercise and I cherish that process very much.

Tapping in to that previous point, and perhaps slightly contradicting it, the seemingly uneventful days will turn out to be precious memories someday, I’m sure. Even when nothing happens, so many things happen. It’s a good thing to keep record of those. Even when there’s no immediate point to it.

Finally, I’m absolutely amazed with the things I come up with everyday. It’s a struggle to write anything sometimes but I manage everyday again and again. I surprise myself quite a lot. I’m not sure what my point with that is. I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder, though I do like to give myself one at this moment. Good job kid. Let’s see what you come up with tomorrow.


  1. Fully realizing this is exactly how the current entry started. ↩︎

  2. Though, looking at the paragraph just written, I don’t think there could be any more I’s in there. ↩︎

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