At the time of writing this post, I’m about eight days into my 100 Days of Writing Challenge. The goal? Write 30 minutes every day for 100 days. So far, so good.
Day one through six felt like a dream. Words flowed easily. Blog posts, emails, newsletters, and several chapters in my current WIP.
And then, day seven.
Day seven was a bastard. My executive dysfunction flared its evil head. And as a result, I found myself staring blankly at my computer for hours on end. I somehow still managed two minutes, barely, but it wasn’t my best work.
Day eight was more of the same. This post actually counted for ten of my thirty minutes. The power of this challenge is I don’t feel overwhelmed by it.
Even on a bad mental health day, I can eke out at least ten minutes or even twenty.
And as an added bonus, eking out those ten-minute sprints help me feel as though I’ve accomplished something, which in turn boosts my spirits on days like today.
So, eight days in, this challenge feels perfect for me.
Less stressful than NaNoWriMo, which usually leaves me feeling like a wrung out dishrag. I feel energized. And I’m writing.
Have you ever done a 100 or 365-day challenge? How did it go for you?
One of my goals this year was to watch online education and/or inspirational videos. I got a two-month freebie to Skill Share and wound up watching “How To Start (And Finish!) Your Very Own 365 Day Project” which inspired my challenge and this post. Also, (This link takes you to the videos and also offers a Skillshare Premium free for 2 months. https://skl.sh/2Udq0rI)
I was drawn to this lesson on Skill Share because I recognized the teacher from a sticker shop I love on Esty. After watching, I decided maybe I could get over my spring writing hump with a challenge. And I chose to get really specific.
100 Days of writing 30 minutes a day in 10-minute increments. I can write on a WIP, a blog post, a personal journal, a newsletter, or a letter to a penpal. The goal is simply to show up and put words on paper in some form or another.
Ten-minute increments work well for me because I’m less likely to get completely distracted.
I also set specific times for writing. One after breakfast, one before lunch, and the third can be any time in the afternoon but before dinner.
One other critical aspect is I’m bringing along others for the ride. I shared my challenge on social media, and several author friends are taking part. I’m less likely to fail if I have others joining me.
I am keeping track two ways. One in a bullet journal (see photo below) and two by posting an Instagram photo daily.
Since blogging is one of the acceptable forms of writing, I’ll likely update on my progress and lessons I’ve learned along the way.
How about you?
Have you done a 100 days or 365 days challenge before? Were you successful? Feel free to hop onto my 100-day challenge if you’re a writer.