I have to face up to it. I’m never going to write 100,000 words in 100 days, which is what I
pledged set out to attempt to do by joining Sally Quilford’s challenge.
BUT I’m not disappointed. I have written something every day since the challenge began. Sometimes I managed over 1,000 words. Other days I wrote fewer words. Today, I wrote all 120 words of a whole piece and that’s enough for today. I shall spend the rest of the day reading, editing and critiquing.
For me, writing 1,000 words every day is too much. Writing something every day is possible and is a practice I plan to continue after the challenge ends.
Happiness is being proud of your achievements.
9 replies on “Facing Facts”
I agree. Challenging yourself is great, but they need to be realistic challenges. You might not do the 100,000 words but it sounds like you’ve got yourself into a good new habit.
Writing every day is far more important than hitting some arbitrary target. Unless it’s for a publisher, that is.
Hi Miriam, I asked before what was the point of these challenges. I still don’t get it completely.
I think the result you had was exactly what I’d have found too.
Quality is surely more important that quantity?
I’m reminded of an old thing from British TV: “Never mind the quality feel the width.” You may recall that, but I seem to think it had a caricatured Jewish tailor?
Pride in ones’ achievements is necessary fuel I think.
I missed that programme, but just saw some of it on YouTube – quite funny but very dated. There are two tailors – one Jewish, the other Irish 🙂
The point of challenges? To boost confidence, provide incentives and aid social interaction.
I would say “well done” – because just writing something every day takes discipline and most people could not manage that any more than they could go on a diet and not break it!
Thank you, Cat 🙂
I agree. Kudos for you to realize such before giving yourself a brain aneurysm.
You should just write on your own time, not write to reach a goal. There’s less pressure to do it on your own time.
Yes, a writer’s reach should exceed their own grasp, at least some of the times. Some of the times our stretch goals have too much stretch in them, and hopefully we realize that before we strain an inspiration. 😉
Writing every day is a great thing, though. I’ve been doing that for a while, sometimes just a few hundred words a day, but it keeps me engaged with my creativity!