First a disclaimer.
I have no idea if this is actually true, or where I even heard it—but I read somewhere that Jerry Seinfeld credits his success with the daily writing of new material and he said the best piece of advice he could pass on to new comics was to buy one of those wall calendars. One of those big ones that has all the months and days on one sheet of paper. He said to set a realistic, easy to accomplish daily goal, something you know you can accomplish no matter what is going on around you. Then on the first day, after you accomplish that goal, mark that day off on the calendar with a heavy red X. Every day that you accomplish the goal, mark it on the calendar with a heavy X. Pretty soon all those Xs will make a red chain. You will be able to see your progress, and it will become increasing important NOT to break that chain by missing a day.
Jerry Seinfeld is brilliant. (even if he didn’t actually say this. *G)
So for 2011 I'm buying a wall calendar and a red pen and I am going to keep that red chain going for 365 days.
Only not just in writing, but blogging as well.
Now, realistically I know I won’t have the time to write a long blog every day. So for my blogging challenge the length of the posts and the content are open to whim. If all I have time for is one sentence, that will still constitute a blog for that day. If I can’t think of anything to post- then a short blog that amounts to “Sorry, nothing to say today” will still count for my daily blog. The point is to train myself to think about blogging, and the easiest way to do that is by forcing a daily blogging habit.
On the writing end of the challenge, I’m setting my daily minimum goat at 250 words. This is for either new words written or for the first round of revisions- which is basically rewriting. This does not include editing, tinkering or trimming. So when I reach the tinkering/polishing/trimming stage in Zane—which is coming up fast. My 250 word goal will be written on the new project.
I started both these challenges yesterday.
Anyone else want to come along for the ride?