In 2011, I went offline for a hundred days and blogged about its effects on me and my work. Now, for 2012, I’m going to do another 100 day project, but this time it will be attached to one of my goals, and that is to finish the revisions on my urban fantasy novel.
For a hundred days, regardless of what I’m doing (and where I am in the country), I pledge to open my manuscript every day and work on the revisions. If I can remove myself from most online interactions for a hundred days, then I can certainly spend almost a third of the year devoted to a story I love to pieces.
Some of this is going to be difficult because I do have some travel planned in January, February, and March. That’s part of the reason why I’m taking this project on now, instead of during lower travel times during the year, because I have no excuse. My challenge is balancing work (and life) with my original tales, and travel is just a small piece to that puzzle.
There are a lot of other reasons why I’m doing this, too, and some of those I’ll probably explore as we go. I’m going to blog about this in addition to whatever else I have planned, so it won’t be as much of an interruption for you as it was last time. (Thank you to everyone who requested blog topics, by the way. It helped immensely.)
The big thing to remember, is that this isn’t about how many words I pen or whether or not I get the revisions done, it’s about time. It’s about taking the time — regardless if it’s fifteen minutes or four hours — to put my butt in the chair, open this manuscript, and give it the love it sorely needs after my other obligations are done. Or, to put it another way, this 100 Days Project will take place after I punch out of my other work.
Wish me luck! The next 100 Days project will begin on New Year’s Day!