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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012 edited
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    So I've been working on something this year that I picked it up on the bendisboards. I thought, perhaps this would be a good idea to spread here.

    It's called 'Club 100'. Here are the rules:

    -Write 100 words every single day for 100 consecutive days.
    -If for ANY reason you miss a day, you go back to Day One and start again.

    That's it. Very simple.

    The idea is not to break the 'thread' of daily words, and it becomes a challenge to see those days and words pile up. It's something that encourages the DAILY ACT OF WRITING. And, you know... 100 words is barely half-a-page of dialogue in a novel or short story manuscript. It's just one paragraph (one paragraph!) of description.

    You can write one paragraph a day, right? Even if you scribble it down on a piece of paper before you go to sleep. Even if you do it handwritten in a notebook on your daily commute (I did that for a while). Or on your lunch break. It doesn't take more than about 10 minutes to write 100 words, as long as you don't allow yourself to agonise over every single one of those words. (Which is part of the trick, I know.)

    Of course, you can write way more than 100 words - and you'll probably find that many times you will end up writing several pages, or whatever. But it's a great way of getting past the "I can't write every day" block that hits so many of us. On the days where you really DON'T have time, you can still squeeze in your 100 words. Write them in the bath! Or... anywhere else...

    NOW, remember the board rules. This is not meant to be a place to put your words, just a fun way to write a little bit, everyday. I'm currently 15 days strong and am developing a new comic.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    This sounds like a great idea! I think I'm going to have to give this a shot.

    Quick clarification question, though: I assume that all of these words don't have to be part of the same project?
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    Absolutely not. Go nuts.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    I actually did 200 words today writing up a comic script, so yeah, I think I'll start doing this.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    Well, got my 100 in for the day. Off to a good start, I think.
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    Yup! I started my usual 'chunk a day' again today after a weekend off....

    The discipline of having to report is quite useful :-)
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012 edited
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    Great idea Beamish. I threw down some last night, and am about to tonight as well. I have been working on consistently producing in some form or manner, being a musician and to a much lesser extent a writer. This ideas reminds me of a quote I came across a while back, and have shared a lot lately. It is from Ira Glass, of This American Life fame, who I respect a ton.

    "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
    ? Ira Glass


    I think it hits on what you were getting at, in the means of constantly creating.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure it was another Whitechapeler that shared that quote when I first saw it, haha.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    That's a great quote, I've finished my days work.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    Day two is done, and the scary thing is, I actually kind of like both days of writing so far. This is a great practical idea Beamish, at least for me. Now, we'll see what I say around day 35.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    Yeah, alright.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    Did it for day two as well. Going to start day three now, despite the hour, 'cause I got a metric fuckton of things to do today.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    I'm in.
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    Done for the day... stream of conciousness, woo!
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
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    For the record: I am counting one "day" as the waking period between two sleeps. Much of my writing seems to take place after midnight.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
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    Morac, sounds good to me.

    And... back to day one for me. Damn you busy life that's full of changes and exhaustion.
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    Good idea, I'm in too. Though I think that the results will start to look like the diary of a crazy person
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    Great idea. I'm in.
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    Yesterdays 100 turned into major heavy duty IDEAS. I do love it when inspiration strikes. Now I just have to work out what to do with this lovely new squishy universe in my head...
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
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    I've been kind of blocked these last few days so I decided to start a blog to dump non-story words. Introducing, MeMish.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
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    Huh. Yeah I'm in. I let days slide by and then can't remember the details. I'll toss 'em on my LJ. They're not going to come from the same project or have the same idea. Some of them might be emails I wrote, but specifically they'll be about something I'm thinking about or explaining, something that matters to me and is heading somewhere.

    Yeah. I like it.