I missed the end of 100 x 100. Hell, I missed the last half thanks to my family’s and my own health issues.
But it was a glorious ride. I wrote a phenomenal amount in the first half, 45,000 words in 50 days. If I’d managed to finish, I would have been close to 100,000 words. That, my friends, is an entire novel.
Kerryn and Matt both wrote summaries of their experiences, which I think you will find interesting.
Distractions are my writing kryptonite. Whenever I tried to write, even with a timer, surrounded by other people or the TV I couldn’t sink into the story and the words would be stilted and slow. I tried blocking the distractions out with music and sitting with my back to the TV but still my super-human hearing caught onto the other storyline. I have to physically remove myself from distractions so it’s just me, my story and my timer.
Before I did this challenge, I was aiming to write every day, but I just couldn’t manage it. This challenge really made me accountable, and I quickly got into the habit of writing every day without fail. If you have trouble writing daily, get a friend to keep you accountable. I found that it only took me a couple of weeks to get into the right habit.
Drop in and see what other lessons they have to share.
So, will I run 100 x 100 again? I’m not sure. If there’s interest out there I might. Otherwise I will add it to the list of tools-that-have-helped-me-write, which also includes the Novel Push Initiative (NPI) and 750 Words.