As of this morning, I’ve written my “morning pages” on the 750words.com website 322 days in a row. It’s little more than a daily word dump, but the important thing is that I write 750 words or more every day. I mentioned last week that I wanted to bring the freedom that I experience when I’m doing that to the writing I do for submission, and do that every day.
Last week, Hunter mentioned something that I should have realized, but didn’t: there’s an incentive to keep the chain going. In my old factory days, we had a sign near the time clocks that “this plant has gone ____ days without an accident.” It was an encouragement to do everything we could to keep that string going. I’m sure that Cal Ripken felt the same way when he was breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record. He didn’t want to break the chain until he was ready, which he did after 2,632 games.
What I’m hoping to do, starting with this round of ROW80, is to start a couple of chains:
- Write every day
- Read every day
I’m going to start at thirty minutes: write for thirty, read for thirty, every day. I can go over, but I won’t go under. I’ve printed a couple of calendars from timeanddate.com to keep track of how many days in a row I can do each of these things. Seeing the progress is key to the exercise.
There’s a third objective for this round: to comment on two ROW80 blog posts a day. I wasn’t good about this last time.
So, those are my objectives: read for 30, write for 30, comment on 2.
Good luck, my fellow ROWers!