As I said on Wednesday, I’ve finished the 100x100 writing challenge. I leant heaps of things in the past 100 days, and I wanted to share a few of the major ones with you.
Get into a good habit: This was the biggest thing I leant. Before I did this challenge, I was aiming to write every day, but I just couldn’t manage it. This challenge really made me accountable, and I quickly got into the habit of writing every day without fail. If you have trouble writing daily, get a friend to keep you accountable. I found that it only took me a couple of weeks to get into the right habit.
It’s easier to write more: Before I started the challenge, I was writing 250 – 300 words each day that I wrote. Once I was able to write daily, I found it easier to write more and more. I kept my word count at 300 words a day for about half the challenge before I raised the bar to 500 words a day, which I’m currently doing. Soon, I’ll be ready to try increasing my word count even more!
Breaks are important: Sometimes you need to take a break from writing, and it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. I took a break towards the 100x100 challenge, but when I came back I was fired up to write! If you’re starting to become tired of your WIP (as I was just before the break), having a few days off might be all you need.
I recommend doing a challenge like this if you’re struggling with your writing. It’s all about personal goals, so even if you start out at 50 words a day, at least you’re writing.