Day Forty-Five, and Some Thoughts about Perseverance
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 23 2012, 12:03 pm
As we move towards the end of the Winter Writing Festival, I’m thinking a lot about what’s made some people super-productive over the course of the last 45 days, and what’s made some folks (who seemed enthusiastic on January 11) drop out before the end.
In some cases, I’m sure Life just came up with some surprises that got in the way. Others may have fallen victim to self-doubt or confusion about their stories, and couldn’t quite force themselves to push through it (one of the positives of being the coordinator of this Festival is that I COULDN’T drop out, and so kept pushing through my own rougher moments–and the good energy kept coming back).
It’s also clear to me that, with a 50 day Festival, it’s really important to have a VARIETY of ways to earn your points. They shouldn’t all be equivalent to each other, either. You need some “quickie” ways to earn a point on Bad Days, or Busy Days, or Low-Energy Days, so you stay engaged with your story without feeling like you need to be Superwoman. Even just “spend five minutes glancing at what I wrote yesterday,” or “take a walk and think about my story” would be fine ways to earn points.
Do you have any thoughts on the subject?
And how are you doing today?