It is with a sorta-heavy heart that I report: I have broken my streak at 750words.com. I had 45 days under my belt – 45 days! – almost half way to the coveted Phoenix badge (awarded to those who write 100 days in a row).
If you’re not familiar with 750words, I encourage you to check it out. It’s a very simple, basic idea. It gives you an online space to start and stick to a writing habit. You write 750 words a day, you win cute little meaningless animal badges for writing so many days in row, or writing without distraction (ie. a 3-minute break), or completing a one-month challenge.
Even though I knew the cute little badges amounted to nothing really, I was actually mysteriously motivated by them. Before I broke my streak, I had accumulated 9 badges – 9! Including things like the Speedy Cheetah and the Undistractable Hamster. I was on a roll, man.
But the most mysterious thing of all? … I’m actually not that disappointed about breaking the streak. No, really. Maybe if I had been actively trying to write my post and wasn’t able to because of the cable went out, I might be upset. In reality, I just plum forgot. I had a wonderful day yesterday – got off work early, lunched at our favorite coffee shop, did some errands, made cookies, watched the X-Files pilot (which I had never seen and, heck, it was on Netflix Streaming), read a bunch out of a really great book I’m into — all around, a superbly relaxing day. Writing? Didn’t even occur to me.
So now I’m looking at this mishap as an opportunity – a chance to take a week off from writing, and focus more on all the reading I’ve piled up for myself, which will be mentioned in a separate post.
And I have to give 750words credit for doing the unexpected — it got me writing again on a regular basis. Something I haven’t had with that much consistency in *years*. In grad school, writing had become a laborious, painful punishment. Considering I used to keep a journal, used to write poetry, used to *love* writing (before grad school) this was a pretty major change in attitude for me. The silly animal badges and the colorful graphs showing progress in 750words helped me love writing again, even if it was just a simple journal entry. So even if I won’t get that Phoenix badge as soon as I hoped, I am now looking forward to writing an article in the near future and I’m even considering getting on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon.
That can all start in a week. For now, I will pause this newfound love of writing to revisit my love of reading. Another beauty of 750words — I can always start again.