100 DAY PROJECT NUMBER TWO UPDATE
Well, I originally planned to start my second 100 day project on August 28th. Dutifully, I began, but soon after starting, I took a trip to Vegas …
… and everything went to pot.
I’ll have to be honest, Vegas was just not my kind of town. I felt out of sorts during my entire stay there.
I should preface these remarks by saying that I don’t consider myself a prude. I don’t mind walking into the midst of decadence and debauchery, because I know I’m able to rise above it. However, Vegas is just too much.
One issue I had with Vegas is that you can’t really escape Vegas when you’re in Vegas. In NYC, for example, you can go see Times Square, be wowed by all the lights, and then go find a diner and be a normal person again. Not so on the Strip. There’s no place where a person can just be a person. This makes it especially difficult for a person like me, who prefers not to drive when travelling.
Not having a coffee shop where I can sit down, away from the crowd, to read, write, and reflect, was particularly unnerving for me.
The other thing is that there’s nothing else but gambling, women, food, drink, rides, and shows. Vegas is essentially a bazillion dollar adult amusement park.
When I go to a city, I want to go to the art museum, the library, and of course, a nice coffee shop. Vegas doesn’t really have that stuff.
AS a result, I did not get any writing done while there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I went. The place is nutty, and everyone should experience it once. But I don’t plan on going back.
That said, I did get a fair amount of writing done on my novel before Vegas rudely interrupted me.
REFLECTIONS ON MY FIRST THWARTED ATTEMPT AT WRITING CONSISTENTLY
So, one task in my second 100 day project is to write 125 words a day on my novel. I did this for a few days before Vegas.
IT’S NOT TOO DIFFICULT
Getting out 125 words really isn’t too hard. I was able to knock them out usually under an hour (I’m a slow writer). Not to say that my output didn’t need some retooling, but it was relatively clean, understandable writing. And that’s what I was aiming for in a first draft.
IT ADDS UP
I was rather impressed with the how much I had written. The daily output adds up! That was an eye-opener. Chip away at it, and little by little, you’ll make progress.
At any rate, I’m going to start fresh and anew this Monday, September 11th (that date doesn’t seem particularly propitious, but I’m gonna roll with it, anyway).
The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.