Back when the 365K club started, I was excited. I was looking forward to the challenge of writing daily for 365 days. It seemed like an easy feat. The first few days of January, I logged more than a thousand words a day. I was certain the year was going to fly by and that I’d end up writing thousands of words and not missing a day.
And then it happened. I missed a day. Then another. On some days, I wrote less than a thousand words a day. Others, less than a hundred.
Then, came the day when I considered bagging the whole thing. I had other things to do with my time than try to count up words (when I was writing by hand) and log them into a massive spreadsheet. I even had the nerve to email the team lead of the group I was assigned to.
I think I’m going to bow out. This isn’t working for me.
Of course, I had a brief reprieve when the competitor in me heard about what I was doing and before the end of the day; I reneged on my plan to quit. I hate losing. I hate quitting and giving up even more.
So, I’m still in the game at almost six months into the program. And I’ve come up with ten things I love about the 365K club.
1. It’s a chance to push myself to write more every single day. A thousand words a day? Please, let’s try three thousand.
2. Random writing prompts that turn into short stories. Who’s to say if they’ll ever be read by anyone other than me or the folks who read my blog (or this one) but at least I’m writing.
3. I’ve learned there’s a lot to learn in this writing business. So, to increase my daily word count, I took a writing class…and ended up applying to (and getting accepted to) an MFA program. Who knew?
4. The lost art of letter writing might just come back into style. If not, I’ll at least be a one woman show trying to get it back. By the way, when you get a letter from me, please disregard the little circled numbers in the left margin and the fact that I almost never use a conjunction. Just trying to get my word count in while regaling you with whatever else is going on in my little world.
5. There are pretty notebooks (and writing apps) everywhere that are excited to be written in. How do I know? I’ve gone through one and a half notebooks so far and bought two more pretty ones the other day. They were on sale…a bonus!
6. The 365K club gives me a chance to encourage others. Not only in writing (go #leadingladies!) but in other things too. And isn’t that part of what life is all about? Encouraging others? Empowering them to follow their dreams?
7. Writing daily is a lot of fun.
8. Badges are given away to writers who meet certain writer type goals in the 365K club. I’d like to think that if I keep plugging along, I’ll actually win one. So cool that would be.
9. There are opportunities everywhere for writing. All you have to do is look for them. There are newsletters waiting to be written, letters that people want to read, blog posts that come out of nowhere in the sleepy morning hours when everyone else is still dreaming. You simply have to start looking for them.
10. It reminds me to love myself a little bit by engaging in a hobby I love. Will it always be a hobby? I hope not. But the only way to make it into a business or the next bestseller is to keep at it.
Are you a member of the 365K club? Do you engage daily in a hobby that fuels your creative spirit? Care to tell me all about it? I’m looking for something else to write about.