I was first introduced to the idea of starting a 100 day writing journal after reading Paula Williams’s article in the Writers’ Forum magazine, whereby she wrote about the 100 day journal, the brainchild of Australian businesswoman Julia Bickerstaff (www.thebusinessbakery.com.au).
Now on my 5th 100 day writing journal, I’ve found it to be an exceptional motivator – it may suit you too.
Zizzi’s 3 tips to starting a journal –
- Make sure to select a notepad and pen that raises your spirits – mine are always bright and colourful.
- Don’t give yourself big targets to complete – this will discourage your writing endeavours – be kind to yourself.
- If you’re not the kind of person who likes targets, then record what you have achieved each day – such as – how many words you wrote; if you wrote a new story outline; or an insightful piece of reading you came across that has spurred ideas.
Zizzi’s 3 benefits to starting a writing journal –
- After a couple of weeks entering daily – one page per day – you will feel disloyal to yourself if you miss a day; this motivates when you would otherwise decide to have a day off…
- Helps to focus your writing ambitions.
- When reading back on your 100 days you will be surprised just how much you have achieved – encouragement to begin another 100 days .
Memo: Julia Bickerstaff says, “some 100 day goalers like to give themselves a reward after every 7 days…”
What would be your first reward to self – when pursuing a 100 day writing journal?