A few weeks ago, I started an experiment to see if writing a little bit every day for 66 days straight would create a long-lasting daily writing habit. This was inspired by the notion that it takes 66 days to form a habit.
Things started off well enough, but a week or two in, I began skipping days. I tried to keep up with it anyway and stick to the program but the more I tried to push through this, the more erratic my writing habits became. I would write nothing one day, then write 1,000 words the next day and 2,000 words the day after that, then it’d be right back down to zero for several days before things picked up again. Last week, I lost track of where I was in this challenge entirely. I don’t even know what day I’m on anymore. All I know is I’ve been writing 1,000 words pretty consistently the past few days.
This is actually pretty close to my normal writing routine. I write consistently, but I don’t write every single day. When I do sit down to write, it’s usually in large chunks of 1,000 or more words. I write in large chunks for a few days, then take a day or two to relax before getting back to work. That’s how I’ve always been. Sometimes, I go through long periods of inspiration and inactivity, but that’s another matter. Check out my blog post Why Writing Every Day Kills the Writer for more on my experiences with that.
So what does this mean for my #66dayswrite experiment? Well, I’m calling it a failed experiment on my end, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a failure for you, too! I encourage you to try this yourself or, if you’ve already started, keep going with it.
The beautiful thing about being a writer is that we’re all different. We have different ways of inspiring ourselves and achieving our one singular goal of publishing books. The destination is the same but the journey is filled with endless paths to take. It’s up to us to find the scenic route we like the best.
As for me? I’m not upset at all! I’m making great progress on my manuscript. It just didn’t want to mold itself into a 66-day schedule. Be free, manuscript! Go forth and become a novel in your own, beautiful way!
As always, let me know how you’re doing with this experiment and use the hashtag #66dayswrite to talk about this on social media.