Writing a novel has been one of my longstanding dreams. I’ve written almost daily in pursuit of it. However, it quickly became apparent that I’ve been running headfirst into the same setbacks for years on end. Perfectionism, constantly jumping ship to new ideas as they occur, fear of failure, etc. My self-defeating behavior quickly killed any attempts at what I truly wanted.
Recently, though, I came across a book titled ‘How to Write a Novel in 100 Days.’ I had heard and tried my hand at writing projects like NaNoWriMo before, but the 30 day time limit was too stifling for me to finish. But 100 days? The length of a season? Now it seemed possible.
Inspired by this idea, I’ve developed my own personal ‘100 Day Novel Writing Project’ system to achieve this goal. Basically, I’ll focus single-mindedly on writing a novel for about three months and post regular updates on my progress.
Now my theory is that the system will work because:
• There will be a concrete deadline (April 9, 2018) to provide daily structure.
• I’ll be held publicly accountable. (I’ll join a writing group to boot)
• I’ll have support, encouragement, and feedback.
• There will be real consequences if I fail. (I’ll sell off my favorite video games, for example)
• There will be incentives/rewards if I succeed.
But a hypothesis must be tested for it to be proven. Thus, over the course of the next 100 days I ask that you join me on my quest. Hold me to my word, spur me on, and share in my victories. With your support I can give back to the world. Of course, the journey won’t end there. I’ll still have plenty of editing and revisions to do, but I have the conviction to see this through. Wish me luck!