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Before Christmas I (rather foolishly?) joined the 100k in 100 days challenge, aiming to write 1000 words a day, beginning on January 1st…
Of course the Christmas holidays and my (almost) blog break hindered my start somewhat and now, 12 days into the challenge I have written a grand total of 2991 words, largely because story-telling blog posts can be counted towards my total.
Obviously, I have until April to complete the challenge, and I never expected to write every day (or actually write 100,000 words!); I do have a life and small children. But, part of the aim of the challenge is to get into the daily habit of writing.
As someone who has only written short pieces to date, this is something that I am keen to develop; the ability to sit down and write for longer periods of time. And, to write longer pieces.
Being slightly obsessive about my blog, the biggest difficulty I envisage is setting aside time to write something, without the sole intention of publishing it on the blog. Reprioritising and carving out time to write purely for the enjoyment of writing.
Although, even as I write that, I realise it sounds as if I don’t love writing for the blog, which of course I do!
I also write poetry. Which does not generate a high word count. And, I’m not going to stop writing poetry…
This will be my first full week of trying to develop this new writing habit, and I know that it isn’t going to be easy, or happen overnight. I do wonder how others manage it? To find the time, while still eating/sleeping/entertaining the children.
This challenge is all about the habit of writing, not necessarily about writing a novel, so my piecemeal approach is fine. In theory. But, that is what I do now, and surely I should be using this as an opportunity to develop ideas and to write something more involved, alongside my usual pieces, rather than maintaining the status quo?
But, already I am wondering if I should admit defeat on writing anything longer than a blog post until the wee girl starts preschool and I have a few hours each day to devote. My opportunities to write are currently squeezed in around so many other things; my ability to concentrate and focus is severely hampered!
Or, should I stop procrastinating and leave the second guessing for now, and just begin?!