Last night, I added about 1,200 words to the current story and that made it official: I have, for the second time this year, reached 100 consecutive days of writing. For those just tuning in, I began to try to write every day back on February 27. I wrote for 140 consecutive days before I missed a day. I wrote another day, and then missed one more day. Those two missed days took place while I was attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.
After that second missed day, I got back into the saddle and started over. My goal was to break my 140 day streak and then keep going. Last night, I managed to make it to the 100 consecutive day mark. The last day on which I did not write any fiction was July 21, 2013. Here is a chart that plots the 7-day moving average of my fiction writing over the last 245 days:
As of last night, I have written fiction 243 out of the last 245 days, for a grand total of about 214,000 words of fiction. This includes the novel that I wrote between March 1 and mid-September. That is very likely more fiction than I have written in the last 10 years combined. And I have no intention of stopping. This has become part of my routine. I look forward to it for both the creative outlet, the stress relief it provides, as well as the challenge of keeping the streak going.
If my math is right, I will break my 140-day streak (in 41 more days) on Monday, December 9, just a few days before we head on our end-of-year vacation.
How should I celebrate that milestone? I’m open to suggestions.