I’m participating in Merrilee Faber’s 100 Words for 100 Days challenge at the moment. Like the name of the challenge suggests, I have to write 100+ words for 100 days and report in each day with my word count.
I was a little unsure of signing up for it at first, because 100 days is a long time, and part of me was a bit scared of the commitment. But then I realised that I was already making a 300+ words per day commitment, and doing Merrilee’s challenge was simply keeping me accountable.
As far as my writing’s concerned, joining this challenge is the best thing I’ve done all year. There are five of us so far, and we’re all roughly 12 days into it (a few are a day ahead/behind) and it’s definitely keeping me accountable. There have been a few days where I’ve been tired and want to go to bed. The only thing that gets me writing is this challenge. I sit down to write 100 words, but I find that once I start writing, I can’t stop, and I quickly write over 300 words!
I’ve now realised that when life gets in the way, we just need to start writing. All we have to do is sit down to write even 50 words. But once you start, you get into the story and the next thing you know, you’ve beaten your daily goal!
Not including today (Day 12) I’ve written nearly 4K words, which is nowhere near as much as I would have written without this accountability.
For the comments: how do you keep yourself accountable?