I bet you thought that because I didn’t post triumphantly right away, that I totally screwed the pooch on this little experiment. Surprise! I completed the experiment. I can’t say that I actually managed to write every day, but I did manage to write about 20 out of the 31. I would say that’s pretty darn good!
So did this make writing into a habit? Yes and no. Writing is already pretty much an addiction for me, it just hasn’t been a very productive one of late. This definitely helped get my butt moving on a few different projects and has
unfortunately prompted a few new ones. (You know. To work on in my spare time. heh.)
1. Writing a little every day actually is better than marathon sessions; for your sanity and carpel tunnel, if nothing else.
2. Skipping a day here or there (or a week due to injury) isn’t the end of the world. Life happens. Chill.
2b. Relaxing the pressure actually makes the words flow faster. When it doesn’t matter what you write on, you’ll find you can write about anything with greater ease.
3. Plotting and outlining count as writing. This may seem obvious to
non-writers most people, but I think writers forget that coming up with the actual story and mapping it – and the characters – out, is just as important. The actual outline won’t end up being published (unless you’re, you know, JK Rowling), but without the plot, there wouldn’t be a finished piece of work. Also, three hundred words of an outline can be just as damn hard/annoying as three hundred words in the actual story.
I think everyone should do a daily writing experiment to find their own lessons learned. It’s well worth it. And if writing isn’t a habit/addiction for you already, perhaps this is the match to spark your passion. :o)