The 365 Day Writing Streak

Arch Cape VacationWhat it’s about.

The idea is to create a writing habit.  We’re all busy.  We all have dogs to walk and dragons to slay, and most days writing can feel impossible.  But if you build the habit, then you will write no matter what happens.

Leo Babauta, a champion of writing every day, puts it perfectly:  “Any kind of writing qualifies as writing.  You’re working on the habit, not trying to accomplish some other writing goal (write a novel, become a top blogger, etc).  Those other goals might happen later, but first you have to establish the habit.  So write whatever moves you.”

Not sure if this is for you?

The writing streak is for anyone who wants to create or improve their writing habit.  Commit to writing every day and kick your distractions.

What am I in for?

Here are the guidelines.

  1. Anything goes.  Book, poem, journal, play, screenplay, blog, memoir, or brain vomit.  Work for paid copywriting or freelance writing doesn’t count.  The goal of the writing streak is to encourage people who don’t already write on consistent basis, OR for people who do it for a living and want to write more creatively.
  2. Anyone is welcome to join after January 1st.  Simply mark your calendar and start writing.
  3. Minimum 10 minutes/250 words.
  4. You can always write more/longer if it strikes your fancy
  5. You don’t have to commit to the full 365 days.  You can, say, try it for 7 days or 30 days.  Or if you like prime numbers 29, 51, or 17 days.
  6. Share at #writingstreak on Twitter/Facebook, and show everyone what a badass you are.

If you’re up for the challenge, post your commitment in the comments below.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Exciting. Scary. Exhilarated. A bit overwhelmed. Pray I don’t bore anyone. But…I’m in. Look for my first 250 later today on Twitter. Thanks for the challenge.

    1. wordsavant says:

      Woohoo! Thanks for joining me Susan. You can do it! I’ll look for your status updates.

  2. It’s fairly easy to write every day once you put your mind to it. I’ve been doing it for years. The trick is to change it up. One day it’s a blog post, the next it might be a theater/book/movie review, and the next might be a super long email to a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Pretty soon, you see how easy it is, and the pages can then start adding up to a short story. Or — surprise, surprise, surprise–a novel! One page a day, and you have a full-length novel in a year 🙂

    1. wordsavant says:

      Thanks Dawn, that’s great advice! You’re right, even a little writing can take you a long way.

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