30 Day Writing Challenge

I always complain, mostly to myself, that I do not write enough. “I need to write every day,” I mutter out loud. “Writer’s write. Just do it.” Still, even with the all the self motivation turned self loathing, I find excuses and reasons to not get it done. Peer pressure and accountability, however, add a whole different dimension to the mix.

Imagine my surprise – a very pleasant surprise, I might add – when my wife came to me and said, “I want to write every day. I want to launch my blog site and write something, anything, every day.” It’s kinda’ like going to the gym. By myself, it’s simply not going to happen. When driven by someone else, however, I may get around to actually doing it.

So this is a prologue to a challenge Lee and I have imposed on ourselves; to blog every day for thirty days. It’s a month of January show down. A blog-off, if you will.

As you might imagine, we had to come up with guidelines and a game plan in order to make this work. It’s very easy to run out of ideas if you’re trying to write on a daily basis. We also don’t want the blogging to be fluff or uninteresting. It’s for that reason we came up with the target road map listed below.

We also want to commit to this exercise and not make it overbearing, yet ensure the content is readable. For this reason, we agreed on word count parameters whereby each entry must be at least 250 words in length but no more than 1000, unless, of course, the power of inspiration kicks in and the piece basically writes itself.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out and thank our friend Rebecca Smith for the idea of this writing challenge. Her blog entry, Thirty Days of Truth, gave us a starting point for this project. Couple that with the writing project being covered by The Daily Post and we have a very solid framework on which we can build our writing challenge.

We go into this knowing full well we’ll fail – we’re on a vacation cruise from 1/6 – 1/10 – but we’re allowing for the brief hiatus. As for the other days in the month, here is what we plan to discuss. Let’s hope everything goes according to plan.

  • Day 01: Something you’re looking forward to this year.
  • Day 02: Something you regret not having done last year.
  • Day 03: Something with which you struggle.
  • Day 04: Something that is part of your routine that you enjoy.
  • Day 05: Something in life that gives you balance.
  • Day 06: Something that excites you and fills you with joy.
  • Day 07: Vacation Hiatus
  • Day 08: Vacation Hiatus
  • Day 09: Vacation Hiatus
  • Day 10: Something at which you’ve been a champion or the best.
  • Day 11: Something about which people seem to compliment you.
  • Day 12: Something you hope to change about yourself and why.
  • Day 13: Discuss some of the things on your bucket list.
  • Day 14: Someone who has made your life worth living.
  • Day 15: A band/musical artist whose music impacted your life.
  • Day 16: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
  • Day 17: Someone with whom you shared a friendship/relationship that simply drifted out of your life.
  • Day 18: Someone you met randomly that’s made an impact on your life.
  • Day 19: Something that shook your belief system to its core (a big disappointment in your life).
  • Day 20: Discuss your favorite movie and why it’s so special to you.
  • Day 21: Write about your best friend (not significant other) and what makes them special.
  • Day 22: Describe a dark/turbulent moment in your life.
  • Day 23: Describe a truly spiritual moment in your life.
  • Day 24: Discuss a spontaneous moment in your life that that turned out to be fantastic.
  • Day 25: Discuss something you planned that ended up not being what you expected.
  • Day 26: How do you handle/deal with both success and failure?
  • Day 27: What is your vocation (why are you here on earth)?
  • Day 28: What is your biggest dream in life (what one great thing do you want to accomplish)?
  • Day 29: What WAS your biggest dream in life (you wanted to do as a kid but no longer can)?
  • Day 30: Someone in your family that means so much to you.
  • Day 31: Epilogue: Write a letter to yourself.

(1/31/11) – The following is a recap and review of our writing challenge, as well as a look ahead to writing in February.

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