I didn’t think I’d make it this far.
Twenty-five days ago, at the end of April, I told the internet that I was going to write one thousand words every single day in May. I did so, hoping to make myself accountable; I didn’t want the world to see me fail1 – and so far, it seems to have worked. Here we are at day twenty-four, with just seven days to go. We’re on the home stretch!
While I’m not going to claim to have written something meaningful and worthwhile every single day, I have managed to reach my word count – and that’s what matters. This isn’t an exercise in producing quality content (that bit comes later). It’s about building a habit. Even when I’ve been utterly exhausted after roller derby training, or stuck in a slightly dodgy motel room in Burnie, I’ve still managed to write.
This past Friday night was the hardest. Fighting fatigue during the interval of Fresh Comedy, all I wanted to do was crawl under the covers and fall asleep. The mental excuses came hard and fast:
“I’ve written every other day – surely if I only miss one it’s still enough of an achievement.”2
“I could just lie and pretend I wrote something. Nobody needs to know.”3
“I’ll blame it on the Melbourne Bitter. What was I thinking?”
But at the end of the evening, after the cold walk uphill woke me up, I opened my computer and began to type.
I didn’t think I’d make it this far. I’ve been failing NaNoWriMo since 2005. But here we are.
They say it takes twenty-one days to build a habit, and we’ve reached day twenty-four. Whether you’ve kept up, missed a few days, only just joined the ride, or dropped out along the way, it’s been great to work at this together. I didn’t think I’d make it this far, but the #WriteEveryDayinMay community has helped me do so.
With seven days left, there’s no point stopping now.
And soon it’ll be time for Write Every Day in June4.
1. [And by “the world”, I mean my 550-odd Twitter followers.]↩
2. [True, but beside the point.]↩
3. [But that would be cheating. I have date-stamped documents from each day to prove that I have not done this. But please don’t ask to see them – that would be creepy.]↩