Over and over again I hear from people how they would like to write…if they only had the time.
It’s one of the most common excuses or explanations for not writing there is. I’ve used it myself on numerous occasions.
The trouble is, there will never be enough time to write that poem, that essay, that short story or novel. There will never be enough time to try your hand at travel writing or blogging or journalism or freelancing. Life is busy, and it only gets busier.
Writing is a choice. It demands discipline and commitment. Very few of us will ever enjoy the luxury of having time to write. (Even if we do, I imagine it will still be far more difficult than we envisioned.) Instead, we must learn to make the time.
The time to write will not happen naturally. But that doesn’t mean the time isn’t there.
Write 100 is about harvesting the time we do have. It’s about setting aside a few moments in our day and choosing to write.
I created Write 100 because I experienced the effectiveness of choosing to write firsthand. Although I was studying literature and writing in college, I found it difficult to pursue my writing projects. I was always busy with some other task or assignment. There were a hundred things far more pressing. I, quite simply, didn’t have the time.
Then a professor impressed upon me the importance of my choice–to write or to not write–and handed me a paper with a calendar grid.
That semester, every night before bed I pulled out my work-in-progress, set a timer, and wrote. Some nights were slow, while other evenings found me whisked into the story scribbling away or pounding at the keys well after the timer left off.
Nothing else in my schedule changed. I simply altered my routine ever so slightly and made writing for 15-30 minutes nonnegotiable. So maybe I gave up watching one last episode of Friends before bed or even delayed the college student’s most coveted commodity–sleep–for a few moments more. Maybe I gave up an extra 15 minutes of studying for that one exam.
I tell you, it was worth it.
At the end of the semester I’d generated more material on a regular basis than I had in years. The novel I’d spent years envisioning was finally taking shape on the page. Little by little, brick upon brick, I was learning not only to choose to write but also to carve out the time to invest in the things I valued most, to pay attention to the practices and habits that shaped the patterns of life. It only takes a little to go a long way.
If you write for just 15 minutes for 100 days, at the end you will have written for…
If you write for just 30 minutes every day for 100 days, you double your numbers…
Want to kick it up a notch? If you commit to writing for just 1 hour every day, well, you can do the math…
100 hours of writing
Can you imagine what can be accomplished in 25, 50, or 100 hours spent focused on your writing? Small steps add up to big impact.
By writing regularly you will condition yourself to keep writing. If you write today, you are more likely to write the next day. And the following day. And the day after that. It’s a snowball effect of faithfulness and routine.
Though the hours it takes to see a project through appear daunting, the time is there, hidden in the mix of busyness and the mundane. With Write 100 we invite you to explore that time, to put it to good use.
So, are you ready to discover what story your time will tell? We are. I hope you’ll join us.