For years, I've wanted to get into the habit of writing Every Day. I've known that I need that kind of structure and self-discipline to keep myself motivated and working. And for years, it didn't happen. I would get excited about a project and would write regularly for a while, but then I would hit a sticky spot in a piece or I would finish a draft, my enthusiasm would curb, and the next thing I knew months would pass without my writing anything. I would chide myself, but not do anything about it.
Then early last September, something happened. I'm not really sure what made me keep it up, but I started writing daily while working on the first draft of my novel. And unlike in the past, the streak lasted more than two weeks. As it passed one month, I thought it would be fun to keep track of it on this blog, to show everyone how long I'd gone. The next few months passed and I didn't stop. Then the number on my sidebar became a matter of pride. I didn't want to stop writing and have to reset the thing to zero. So I kept going.
Some days have been great and extremely productive. Others have been tiny, with me forcing myself to reach a minimum few hundred words or 15-20 minutes of revisions to make sure I did something. But I haven't taken a day off. Not a single one. And today, I reached the year mark. 365 days of writing!
Now technically I haven't done 365 days straight. If I had, this post would have appeared in September. But something happened during that time, as you likely know: I had a baby. And I didn't think it was fair to reset the counter when all jobs worth anything allow for maternity leave--so I decided mine would allow for a leave too. I gave myself a break and am now back on the horse, albeit I often have to deprive myself of sleep to get anything done (crazy boys won't always nap at the same time!)
So now I've done it. A whole year. And I still don't want to reset the counter. Realistically I know I can't keep this up for the rest of my life, but for now I intend to keep going strong. Hopefully, even after I do miss a day or a week, the self-discipline I've developed will help me get started right away again. We'll see if I can't write another of these posts next year!