Day #4,031 of This Blog…
Never missed, as I said yesterday. So why do this, or any other writing streak for that matter?
The answer is simple…
You do it for yourself. Last year I wrote over 100 short stories in 100 days. Why? Because I wanted to. Thought it would be fun, and it was.
Over the last few years WMG has had challenges we offer to writers on Teachable. A no-lose challenge. If they miss, they get what they paid in credit in workshops, if they hit the challenge, they get a lifetime subscription of their choice.
Story a week, novel every two months, novella a month, publish something every month. Fun challenges to help writers get focused. But the writers who tend to make it all the way through are the ones that are doing it for themselves. I even stopped one writer from trying a challenge because they wanted to show their friends they could do it.
Nope, wrong reason completely.
Now granted, challenges and streaks have amazing power to people like me who give the challenge or streak power. But for others, a challenge or a streak just freezes them up and lets critical voice win. Always good to be aware of what type of writer you are and what motivates you.
But never have I seen work letting what other people think motivate you. It fails quickly and in ugly ways. Each writer must find our own motivation.
So why do I do challenges of a story per day for 100 days, or continue this blog streak night after night? Because, to be honest, for me challenges and steaks are fun.
And let me tell you, a daily streak of over 11 years has an amazing amount of power. Not because I care about what others would think if I missed.
Nope. I just don’t want to miss for me.
So when you set up a challenge or a streak, just do it for yourself. It just might work if you do that.