Do you struggle to write as much as you would like? I sometimes have that problem, too. When I was in a slump last year, I found a solution in a daily writing challenge on Facebook. To help me keep up my writing, I’m inviting you to join me in a daily writing challenge during the month of April.
Daily Writing Challenge rules
Here’s how it works:
- You set a goal of averaging X words/day during the month. Note: it’s an average. You don’t have to write that amount every single day.
- You check in daily on the Investment Writing Facebook page for accountability and encouragement.
- People who reach their goal for April get the right to brag. I’ll trust you to report your success honestly.
What to share when you check in
What do you write in your daily check-in? You can
- Share your word count for the day
- Post your intention for the next day
- Share a tip for writing despite leading a busy life
- Ask for encouragement or helping in cracking a writing challenge
- Encourage others
It’s up to you to choose what you share. I don’t want to ensnare you in complicated rules. I’d like this challenge to work for you.
If it works for me, it might work for you
I find that accountability to an individual or group is very motivating for me. As I mentioned in “How a blogging buddy can help your financial planning or investment blog,” I have a goal buddy with whom I check in weekly by phone. That has been invaluable.
I’ve been working with a goal of averaging 300 words daily on my blog and other non-routine, non-client writing. I hit my goal in December, January, and February. I’m not sure that I’m going to make it in March. That’s partly why I’m recruiting you to join me in my April challenge. I also figure it’s a good way to encourage the students who recently completed my financial blogging class to keep on writing.
I find that setting my intention—for example, a word count goal or planning to work on a specific blog post—the evening before my work day helps me to deliver. Also, it means that I don’t approach my computer with a blank mind. My first step is clear when it’s time for me to tackle my daily word count.
When it’s time to pick a topic to write about, I can go to the Microsoft Outlook task list where I keep a list of potential blog post topics.
I also appreciate the support of others who struggle with keeping up the writing despite the demands of our work and personal lives.
To help me track my word count, I enter my word count daily in an Excel spreadsheet. I mostly write on a computer, so it’s easy for me to generate an accurate word count. If I were writing longhand, I’d use the old-fashioned trick of counting the number of words on three lines, calculating the average number of works per line, and the multiplying the number of lines times the average word count per line. It’s less time-consuming than counting word by handwritten word.
Declare your intention to participate in the Daily Writing Challenge!
If you’d like to participate, go to the Investment Writing Facebook page and declare your intention on this post.
Then, on April 1, post what you achieve for the day. Although April 1 is April Fool’s Day, this is no joke. I hope you’ll join me.
Note: I edited this post on Nov. 28, 2016, when I tweaked the rules of the challenge.