You can start on June 13th and do the same challenge as I am, OR you can start whenever you want (or read this) and change “the word count” to suit yourself.
The IMPORTANT THING is to engage in your challenge EVERY DAY no matter what.
Here’s what I am planning, why I am doing it, and the rationale behind the numbers.
I WILL write a minimum of 100 words on my romance novel every day for 100 days consecutively.
Seems pretty simple, right? Maybe even brainless. Why not 1000 words or more?
Why Am I Doing This Challenge?
The reason I am doing this challenge is because over the years, I have constantly failed to complete a novel. I have started many, and have never got past the first 20 pages in any of them.
Yes … I have written over 30 NON-FICTION books. Some for myself, many for clients. One of my client’s books was over 400 pages. One of my own non-fiction books was over 500 pages. I have NO problem writing non-fiction. I apparently have a massive problem writing fiction.
I finally decided to just DO IT. Even if it turns out terribly, THIS TIME I will finish.
My decision to write romance was based on two things. I love romance. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite romance authors and has penned over 200 books under her own name and under her pseudonym, J.D. Robb. I think I’ve read every single one of her books.
Though her books are fabulous, I know I cannot tackle anything even approximating them. They are too long and over the years she has become better and better at her craft.
The second reason I decided to do romance is because novellas of 16,000 to 20,000 words seem to sell reasonably well on Kindle. 16,000 words is 160 words a day. Who knows, I might just get a whole book written in 100 days if I have a few days of 1000 words or more.
Why 100 words?
Because I want to build success and consistency vs. failure and rabbit-sprints that end no where.
I can write 100 words easily. In fact it is a no brainer. There are zero excuses for me to avoid 100 words whereas there are loads of reasons not to start when I am faced with the prospect of 1000 words.
So 100 words it is. When I do 100 words I can put a nice big, satisfying red X on my calendar. The goal is to have an unbroken chain of one hundred red X’s.
The reality is, that once I get started, I know I will probably write more than 100 words on most days. I also know there might be days when even 100 words will be pushing it. In the next few months I have a big birthday bash that is out of town, I also plan on a few short road trips. I know that I can still do the 100 words each day, even if I am racing the clock minutes before midnight.
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I’d love it if we could do this together starting June 13 and ending Sept 20th, but if you miss the starting date, don’t let that stop you! Set your own 100 days and let us know your start and finish dates.
Add your name (or pseudonym) and tell us what you are aiming for with YOUR 100 Day Challenge. Be sure to let us know the day you are starting on and your targeted daily word count. Keep it small, don’t sabotage yourself!
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PS … see those blue boxes with the tweety birds? Click on the birds and send the message your twitter friends. Have them join you with their own challenge, encourage each other onward and upward.
This post is 741 words. It DID NOT count toward my challenge nor did it get me a delicious big red X!