My friends, Marieka and Kate, and I did a writing challenge in January. We called it Dissertation to Monograph Writing Month, or DiMoWriMo for short. The challenge: Write or revise 1,000 words a day every day in January, or pay $50 to the Conservative Party of Canada. Marieka and I are writing books while Kate is finishing her dissertation. The idea was inspired by NaNoWriMo. Needless to say, we were successful.
Between the three of us, we wrote or revised over 120,000 words. I wrote or revised 43,639 words in total, which resulted in 23,363 good enough words for two chapters. On average, my pace was about 1,458 words a day.
DiMoWriMo II (for February) started a few days ago, off Facebook and off Twitter. If you want to join? Message me.
One of my new challenges, in addition to the 1,000 words a day for the book, is writing for different venues, including this blog. The goal is 300 words a day for the blog, for newsletters, or for other non-peer reviewed venues.
Sstay tuned for some notes on what I've learned about making writing a habit over the last month.