I Challenged Myself to Write an Article for Medium Every Day, for 30 Days
For years, I’ve wanted to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The challenge is to write an entire novel (50,000 words) throughout the month of November. There are entire planning guides and YouTube videos dedicated to NaNoWriMo prep: it’s a serious commitment for 30 days.
I’ve tried to do NaNoWriMo, many times, and failed miserably. Usually after a few days I’ll find myself so drastically behind on my word count that it feels impossible to catch up. My intentions are good. Last year, I did a lot of planning.
But life happens, I have kids, we have the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Plus I’m a freelance writer, so I’m churning out thousands of words per week for clients, let alone adding NaNoWriMo to the mix.
This year, I decided to try something different. I wanted to write one article for Medium per day. At ~1,200 words per article, this felt much more manageable. Plus, writing more consistently on Medium has been my goal for a long time. I knew I wouldn’t publish every day, but a side benefit would be creating a backlog of articles to publish in the future.
Thirty days later, I was more than a little surprised by the results.
I planned out topics for 30 days.
For years, I’ve published 2–3 stories per month on Medium. I’d tell myself that I wanted to publish at least one per week and it just… didn’t happen.
I also publish a weekly Substack and bi-weekly newsletter and manage to get that work published as planned. Something about having a specific due date (when I know the audience is expecting new work) is more motivating than Medium. I’ve been accepted into many Medium publications, but have no control over how quickly they publish. So it’s always felt haphazard.
But even with my inconsistent publishing, I’ve continued to save ideas for Medium articles. I use Trello to plan my content calendar. So ahead of my November challenge, I selected 30 ideas and scheduled them out over the course of the month.