So you’re ready to embark on the Write 100 challenge. You’re excited to commit yourself to writing more.
But it’s not enough to print off your challenge calendar and just write. The excitement and energy of the challenge is fresh on this first, but it’s important to give yourself what you need to cross the finish line, even on Day 1.
Here’s one very important thing to remember as you begin Write 100.
Write 100 is not a substitute for your own writing goals. It is a framework to support you and provide the accountability and encouragement you need to make your own goals a reality. Write 100 is a worthy goal, but it’s intended to serve as a stepping stone to something bigger. Write 100 is not the end itself.
If Write 100 isn’t the goal, what is? You need to know where you’re going. To get the most out of this challenge, you need to have a picture of what you want to accomplish.
On this first day of the Write 100 challenge, set aside some time to clarify what you are doing and where you want to end up.
Why are you doing Write 100? Why do you want to challenge yourself to write every day for 100 days?
Know why you are doing this. Write it down so you don’t forget.
What will you write during your Write 100 challenge?
Some writers need to have one project to focus on at a time. Others thrive with variety. Determine whether you should keep focused on one thing or provide yourself a short list of what writing you will dedicate time to during the next 100 days. Whatever you decide, make sure you specify what projects will count towards your writing time each day.
How will you structure your writing? How will you measure success on any given day?
Will you measure a day of writing by words written? Will you measure with time spent with your work?
When will you write?
When are you most ready to write? What time of day can you give yourself the space to sit down, set aside the to-do list, and put pen to paper? When is the voice of your inner editor weakest? Or, if you’re in an editing stage, when is it sharpest?
Is that time before bed? Early in the morning? Sometime in the middle?
It won’t be the same every day, but consistency in when you write will help you stop avoiding it and actually get it done. Plus, when that time of day rolls around again you’ll have a built in reminder to write.
Now that you’ve worked through these simple questions, write down your answers. Post your goal where you’ll see it again, perhaps close to your Write 100 calendar.
Over the next 100 days revisit your goal. Keep it in the forefront of your mind, especially when the going gets tough. But also allow yourself the freedom to revise and tweak your goal as necessary.
Things will change during these 100 days. It won’t go the way you expect. That’s the writing life. Your goals will help to see you through the ups and downs. Your goals will help you remain consistent and focused on the purpose for your challenge.