I have completed my first round of #100daysofwriting and as a result I now have a first draft of Book 2 – Tubular Swirls, Chutes and Ladders, which will be available Summer this Year to buy! What I want to say about the process of the 100days, which I put to the test to try and reignite my routine and discipline of writing, fitting it around an already busy life – and that is, I really don’t believe that this book draft would exist now if it hasn’t been for this 100day process.
The brainchild of Jenn Ashworth, this process sets out to gently keep your writing close and bring about a daily discipline of writing, no matter how much. Some days I pondering a scene, what characters would do or say, some days I have no idea what would happen in a chapter and set about pantsing, only to produce a solid, and may I say – effortless flow of writing in a near completed whole chapter.
To add to the discipline, I committed to posting on Instagram every day – to hold myself accountable. It did. And what I wasn’t expecting was how I looked forward to posting and this kicked started my day, every day, for those 100 days with the reminder that I have a purpose to write and write, I will. Sure, I will be the first one to admit that the addiction to Instagram is real; my novice excitement on the app meant that some evenings and parts of the weekend, I was forever twitching wanting to check my posts and in the 100 days my following increased from 240 to 900 (largely due to my fellow writers and author groups out there who I looped in with.
My 100th day finishes mid-January and I will be taking a short detox from the world of social media and will be starting up a self-created group of #100daysofediting because if it’s one thing I’ve learned is that with focused commitment and daily accountability, this process works. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to change your life, so I’m hoping with an extra 10 for any of the 100day undertakings I commit to that anything really is possible.