As a freelance writer, I’m always looking for new ways to keep the spark alive when it comes to working on personal projects. After a long day of “work writing”, sometimes personal writing is the last thing you want to do. I enjoy NaNoWriMo (and even wrote a post about it), but sometimes I want to set myself a challenge outside of November.
My partner is a software developer, and he recently told me about a challenge he was thinking of doing; 100 Days of Code. The idea is that you do a little bit of coding every day, so by the end of it you have a daily habit and a project you wouldn’t have otherwise done.
There are only two rules. You have to code for at least an hour a day for 100 days, and you have to tweet your daily progress with the hashtag #100DaysofCode.
I thought this sounded really cool, but I’m not a coder. “Why not do this for writing?” I thought. I wasn’t the first to think of this, of course; if you go to the 100 Days of X site, you’ll see they have a whole list of 100 Days challenges that people are taking up. Some people are even doing a #100DaysWithout challenge to help them give up a bad habit.
So, here I am on day one of #100DaysofWriting. I’m not even going to try and pretend I’ll be able to write for an hour every day a hundred days in a row, so I’ve decided to switch things up a little bit. I’ll do 100 days of writing, but they won’t necessarily be consecutive. I’ve got some time-consuming stuff coming up and sometimes life just gets in the way, but if you wait for 100 days when you know you’ll have free time, you’ll never complete the challenge. So today is my day one, but tomorrow won’t necessarily be my day two.
For me, the important thing is that I’m going to add 100 hours to the time I spend writing. That’s going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what I’ve created by the end of it. I’ll make sure to tweet using the hashtag and post my stuff here where possible. Let’s see what happens after #100DaysofWriting!