Oh hey! If you follow me on Intagram (@thisbusylifeblog) you may have seen that I am participating in #the100dayproject.
The 100 Day Project is a free global art project that encourages participants to do something creative for 100 days in a row. It was created by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson. Check out the hashtag to see what other people are doing.
I have wanted to participate in The 100 Day Project since first hearing about it about 2 years ago. This year, since I am maternity leave, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. The official 100 day project campaign runs from April 4-July 15, but since I start my next Master’s semester early July, I decided to start my 100 day project about 8 days earlier than the official project, so that it doesn’t run into my course work. After giving a lot of thought to what I wanted to do, I decided that I wanted to write down memories from my life and write about the people and things that are most important to me. I wouldn’t call it a memoir, but more like a journal. I am going to write these memories and thoughts in Word and after the 100 days I am going to use lulu.com to compile my writing into a self-published, hardcover case wrap book. I have always wanted to write a book and decided that it was time to just start writing. The object of self-publishing isn’t that someone will read it, necessarily, instead it is that I will get to physically hold something that I spend time compiling and writing. I am so looking forward to seeing this project completed and to hold that book in my hands.
I knew that to make this project successful I have to make some rules for myself to work within. Here is what I came up with:
- I must spend at least 30 minutes on the project each day.
- Time can be spend writing, editing or formatting.
- No ‘looking for inspiration’ on Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
I also made a spreadsheet before starting with the ideas I had for essays and sorted them into columns with ‘written, edited and title’ so I could organize the essays once written and get them ready to format into the template.
I am excited to update you on how my project is going. I post often about it on Instagram using the hashtag #lizwritesfor100days. It isn’t a very photogenic or glamorous project, like some of the others people are doing, but it means a lot to me to have the finished product so I hope that will be the motivation I need to persevere through the next 80-some days!
Have you ever taken on a big creative project? I would love to hear about it and any tips you might have for me to keep motivated and inspired!