Gearing Up and Doubling Down: #200wordsaday and #100daysofwriting

If you read my last post, you know that I’ve given myself a year to turn my life around.

Last year, I uprooted everything I knew to accept a job in which I’m foundering. Hired into a conflict-ridden organization, I’m ignored, bullied and scared to admit that I’m struggling.

This derailment has led me to consider what I really want – which has always been to be a writer.

Now I am setting out to carve a new path for myself over the course of the next twelve months and, even as I type this, I’m not sure if that dream is thrilling or preposterous.

I have never been published and I have no connections in the industry. Moreover, I’ve never written anything longer than a short story.

My plan is to challenge myself through increasingly difficult projects to build my stamina and learn as much as I can as quickly as possible.

The hope is that this blog will help me hold myself accountable and feel a little less alone along the way.

What is certain is that one year isn’t much time, so the first challenge I’ve decided to undertake is a double dose of two popular writing challenges: #200wordsaday and #100daysofwriting.

With this in mind, I will commit to writing no less than 200 words a day toward a piece of fiction that I will finish and share (even if it’s awful).

just keep writing
I will write these 200 words every single day for 100 consecutive days – no matter what else happens. I will not allow word counts to “roll over” and I will commit my weekends to intensive writing.

I will document my progress and, if I skip a day, I commit to publicly owning that in this blog and starting my 100 days all over again.

As formidable as this challenge feels in this moment, it isn’t enough to help me be anything more than socially-awkward non-profit manager who writes a paragraph a day, so I will increase the intensity of my efforts with each hurdle I clear.

I’ve let myself down before – allowing “life” to get in the way of the life I really want, but I also know that anything can happen in a year.

Today, I will take this step, and then another step will follow.

If someone happens to read this, I would love to hear any advice that has worked for you. If you aren’t a writer, I’d still love to hear from you – we’re all in this together!

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