This challenge, by the pure length of it, is more like a lifestyle. You can’t put your life on hold for a third of the year like you can for a month. With all challenges it’s not just a word count or finished story you end up with but writing lessons and life lessons.
Kerryn makes an excellent point here. The end result of a challenge like 100×100 is not words, it is a better understanding of yourself.
I’ve learned more about how I can fit writing into my new life. I’ve learned when I am most likely to struggle and, more importantly, I’ve learned how I can overcome it. I’ve learned that if I just sit down to write 100 words, exhaustion, stress, distractions just fall away. I get into the moment and before you know it, the words are done.
I’ve also found that it takes me a lot less time than I thought to write 1,000 words. I’ve been tracking my progress over at 750 Words. Turns out that 1,000 words takes me about 40 minutes. Which is nothing in the scope of an entire day.
If I can’t find 40 minutes a day to write, then I might as well stop writing.
There are 4 of us embarking on this challenge at the moment, and it’s been great to see the wordcounts grow from 100 a day to up to 1,000 as people hit their stride.
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