I started my writing challenge in June 2015. Since then, every single day I have written and published a new blog post. It’s been both tough and easy, depending on the day. I’ve had times when the words just flew across the page, where I was done before I had even started. I liked those days. I also had times where it was an incredible struggle, where I had to use more discipline than I knew I had to finish my day’s quota.
I’ve had good days and bad days. I’ve just never had so many bad days in a row like this session.
I try to write in the morning, to get it out of the way so to speak. I mean, that expression has a negative connotation, which doesn’t really fit here. You eat your vegetables first to get them out of the way, so you have ample room for dessert. This isn’t like that. Rather, I try to write in the morning because I know I’ll have time and energy. At night, after work, it’s far too easy to take the easy way out, to just go to sleep and leave my writing streak stranded.
Over the last five days, I haven’t written in the morning, and I’ve barely kept my streak alive. Continue reading →
A few months ago I wrote how little things add up. Doing a little bit every day is often better than doing a lot at once. If you’re going to eat an elephant, it’s a lot easier to do it bite by bite rather than one big gulp. The same is true for most things. Not everything, but most things. The bigger the goal, the better this approach works.
I now have evidence of just how much this works. Since June 2015, I’ve written a blog post every single day. They started small, but they’ve gotten better and better as I’ve gotten used to writing more. I’m also enjoying it far more, but I want to focus purely on the numbers. So far, I’ve written a little bit more each day in 2016 than I did in 2015. It’s just a little bit more each day … but that’s every day, and 2016 is more than half over. Those little bits have really added up.
Added up to over 40,000 words, to be exact.
Back on August 5th, that marked the 218th day of the year. From June 1st, 2015 until the end of the year, that worked out to be 218 days as well. In both cases, over 200 days of of writing, but one averaged an extra 200 words a day. That’s three paragraphs… and three paragraphs times 218 days equals 43,000 extra words.
Today is July 1st, a very special day. Most importantly, it’s Canada Day, a national holiday. That’s always nice. Of secondary importance, it’s the beginning of the NHL free agency period, one of the busiest days in terms of player movement. There may be no better day for a Canadian hockey fan than July 1.
More than that, though, today is the beginning of July, the seventh month. The year is officially half over. Six months have gone, six months remain. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2016, and now it’s half over and soon it will be done. That’s … quite sobering, really.
Most people have long since abandoned their new year’s resolutions, but not me. I’m constantly thinking about how I can improve, where I need to improve and what I need to do to get there. I set some pretty lofty goals back at the beginning of the year, and now is the perfect time to make sure I’m still trending in the right direction or if I need to change something. Continue reading →
YEE-HAW! I’ve done it! I’ve gone a complete year of writing every single day!!
I’m not sure which of these cats describes me best. Probably all of them.
On June 1st, 2015, I made a committment. I said I’d publish a new blog post every single day. I said I would do it for the summer, two months. That seemed reasonable. Two months then became four. Winter came and went and still I was writing, still I was publishing. My daily streak kept growing and growing, and now, today, I’ve done something I would have thought completely impossible one year ago.
It’s March 27th, which means it’s a bunch of famous people’s birthday. Well, at least a few famous people. I checked for famous birthdays today, and I didn’t get much. Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Manuel Neuer. Okay, that’s not bad. That’s also it. The rest of the list is populated with people I don’t know or, even stranger, ‘YouTube stars.’ That’s right, there are so few celebrities born on this day that Youtube celebrities make up a sizable percentage.
Maybe someday I will join those illustrious ranks, for today, March 27th, is my birthday! Happy birthday, me!
Somehow, I turned 31 today. I don’t know how. There must be some type of mistake. I don’t feel 31. I don’t feel 25. I don’t even feel like an adult. I mean, adults are supposed to be these serious people with serious things to do, jobs and careers and responsibilities. Adults are supposed to do adult things. I’ve never felt like an adult. Honestly, I feel and think virtually the same as I did when I was 16, but that’s a topic for a different day. Continue reading →
I am going to do an experiment today: how much can I write in half an hour? I’ve been wondering this for awhile, actually. I track how many words I write each day, and that varies slightly, but I don’t track how long it takes me to write. Some days I’m in and out in under 45min with well over a thousand words, and other times I labour for nearly two hours and barely squeeze out a page. Writing is frustrating that way, but that’s par for the course.
I would say it’s essential.
If you asked me how long it takes to write X number of words, I couldn’t tell you. If you asked me what the fastest is that I’ve ever written, I couldn’t tell you. I want to fix that, or at least get an idea, even only in approximation. That’s where today comes in. I’ve set a timer for 30min and I’m just going to hit it until it rings, and then I can stop and look at the findings. Continue reading →
This section may be a slight misnomer, as I’m not focused completely on writing, or more accurately, the focus isn’t on getting better at writing itself. With my physical fitness goals, for instance, I desired to become more fit, flexible and healthy; similarly, my chess goals were to become better at chess. While I do desire to get better at writing, that’s not the main thrust of my 2016 resolution.
I should learn to write like that. It looks beautiful … though on closer inspection does not appear to be English.
I suppose I can divide this goal into two categories, if you will. On the one hand, I’m writing for my personal growth. I want to write a lot, to keep staying consistent, to explore and push the boundaries of me as a writer and author. This is writing for writing’s sake. The other category, then, would be writing as a job, or writing for an income.
This year, I figured I’d change that. Since I easily handled three goals last year, I’ll set more this year. Indeed, I’ll go into greater detail, completely outlining my expectations and my plan of attack. At this time next year, there will be no mystery about whether I achieved or failed these goals. I also think writing them down in detail is both more motivating and lets me plan it out better, as opposed to just “let’s hope and pray it works.”
Today the world says goodbye to 2015, but before we do that, it’s always beneficial to look back at where we came from. At the beginning of the year I had three main goals involving my flexibility, my chess and my writing. I had some ups and downs, but mostly ups, and I can end the year feeling pretty good about my efforts. I also went through some interesting personal developments.
This was designed to get me out of my writing funk. I originally started this blog as a way to write more. It was my New Year’s resolution, actually, to get back to writing, something I hadn’t done in far too long. A blog should be fun, and I guess it was … but I only wrote two or three times a month. If I wanted to get better at writing, I’d have to write a whole lot more than that. Continue reading →