Last year, I participated in a writing challenge where I posted a flash fiction story every day for 365 days straight (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017). It was a wonderful experience and I feel like it helped me to grow as a writer with both dedication and creativity. The “rules” I gave myself were to write a story between 100 and 350 words and each story had to be posted on my blog daily at noon. Another rule was that each story had to be unique and couldn’t be a sequel or a sort of fan fiction based in a previously established world. Overall I felt rather proud that I was able to complete the challenge, though I did have to use some prompts I found on the internet for inspiration on some of the days where I just felt little motivation or inspiration to write. One of the most important things I found was to know when I wouldn’t have time to write and be sure to prepare something in advance.
I strange thing that I gained form this that was completely unexpected was a change in my sleeping schedule. Since I had to post stories by noon, and I’m a natural procrastinator, I would often write them the morning of, before getting ready for work. This meant I would have to drag my normally sleeping self out of bed early enough to write something, check it for errors, and schedule it for posting all in time to leave for work (which arguably isn’t that early, I usually leave around 9:30 or 10 am to get to work on time). This also meant I couldn’t laze about on my weekends sleeping in until or past noon, as I needed to get writing done. I still definitely have issues waking up in the morning, but, I feel like I’m more capable of waking up and slightly less grumpy if I wake up before I need to for work.
Oh, and if you’re interested, you can find my collection of short stories here. I plan on doing something like this again soon and plan to write about the experience (the second time around) as I go.