Jeff Goins, writer, publisher, and entrepreneur, has put forth a challenge to write 500 words every day in January.
I’ve decided to take it on. For my own part, I am only going to be counting my work on The Worms Of Heaven, not anything I write in my blog or any work I do on creating my character database.
The most important thing (and the reason why I am taking this challenge and not, say, NaWriNoMo) is that every day is a new start.
It’s not based on a total wordcount, it’s a daily goal. So if I only write 50 words one day, I don’t start the next day in the hole–I don’t try to make up for day before, I just move on. If I write 1,000 words one day, it doesn’t mean I can skip the next day either–the counter resets at zero every day.
On days when I make my goal (and I’m 2 for 2 as of today) I’ll post it to twitter with the hashtag #my500words. If I don’t make it, I’ll try not beat myself up about it. (Yeah, like I can ever resist a chance for self-flagellation.)
I think 500 words is a reasonable daily goal for me, seeing as I am still working my day job full time. Today, for example, I started two hours early for snow removal, which makes for a really long day. But I came home, sat myself down, and got my 500.
I think this is a good challenge for writers, and I’d advise checking out the link. Last year at about this time I got myself into the habit of writing something every day, but over the year I lost it. I want to try to get it back.