Januari Challenge: 1,000 words a day

In 2015, I will set myself a new 30-day challenge every single month. That’s 12 30-day challenges. Some will be harder than others but all of them will be related to one of my five areas of focus this year: family, health, emotional mastery, financial empowerment and helping others through coaching.

My first challenge of the year was the easiest to come up with and could be the hardest to complete (but let’s not get ahead of ourselves): writing 30,000 words or 1,000 words a day!

The challenge is inspired by the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo event. NaNoWriMo is a global event that takes place every November. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. It’s really quite awe-inspiring.

I took part in NaNoWriMo once. Didn’t make it past 5,000 words.

That’s just to put this challenge into perspective. It’s going to be hard.

So why put myself through this?

One of my dreams is to be an author. One day I will write a book on personal development that will really matter. In the meantime I’d love to have a blog where people go to get inspired and to find the tools they need to make their life better, in any way.

To do all that, I have to write. Plain and simple. And I don’t mean the haphazard, slapdash way I have been writing before. I mean dedicated, sit-down, focused writing.

And that’s what this challenge is for. To help me get into the habit of focused writing. After Januari, I don’t expect myself to churn out 1,000 words a day. But I do expect to be consistent in writing every day.

Why 1,000?

Easy. A NaNoWriMo participant has to write 1,667 words a day. That sounded like way over my head. And 500 words a day (that’s about one page) was going to be too easy.

In my intro post I mentioned that the key to a successful challenge is that it gets you out of your comfort zone and into your stretch zone. But not so much that you end up in the stress zone.

1,000 words seemed to be just right.

What do you think?

I’d love to hear what you think about my Januari Challenge. Am I stretching myself enough? What Challenge would you set yourself if you were going after the same goal? Let me know in the comments!