30 Day Creativity Challenge

Calendar PlannerWhat are you resolving for the New Year?

Do you plan to get your blog going?  Are you hoping to be more creative?

New Year’s resolutions are powerless without an action to make them real.

So, in the name of creativity and blog building, I’ve given myself a challenge.

I’m calling it my 30 Day Creativity Challenge and I want you to join me.

Obviously, creativity can mean anything, so your challenge can be different from mine.  But in my case, I’m a writer, so my challenge is to write 1500 words/day, 6 days/week for the next 30 days.  If all goes well, by the end of 4 weeks, I should have at least 36,000 words written.

I’ve set some rules for myself:

  • Anything I write for my clients does NOT count.  This challenge is about my creativity and about my projects.
  • If I skip a day, I can make it up later.
  • These words only count if they are from something substantial.  A quick email confirming an appointment does not count.  A blog comment could count if it is a well thought-out comment.  The intention, however, is to write 3 substantial pieces/day–a blog post, an article, a good email, or work on some of my projects.
  • Quality is a bonus.  If I hit a day when I really can’t write, I will crank out my words anyway.

The inspiration for this challenge comes from the National Novel Writing Month Every November, writers all over the world commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in one month.  In 2010, over 200,000 people participated and over 37,000 made it to the finish line.  In my own community, I know several  NaNoWriMo writers, including some homeschooled teenagers.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get words on paper, and obviously, if you are cranking out text, you are likely to not have good writing.  No one cares if the novel is good; the point is to start.

Sometimes we worry so much about what we are going to say that we let that blank computer screen stop us from saying anything.  Making a word challenge gets you started–and you just may find that the world doesn’t end if you wite something bad!

I’m excited for this challenge because I have found that I grow a lot as an artist when I vary between quality and quality.

This post is a call-out for you to join me in my challenge.  If you aren’t a writer, think of some challenge in your own art: compose a song/day or paint a picture/day.  Make your challenge difficult enough that you get a pit in your stomach wondering if you can do it, but not so difficult that you fall behind your first day.

Let’s make 2011 a record breaking year!

Make a comment below with your challenge and we’ll keep each other on track.

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