Do you know about the Day Zero Project? It's a goal-setting website that I've been obsessed with since June 2011. Basically, it helps you track 101 goals in a time limit of 1001 days. You can use it for huge bucket list items (Meet Tom Robbins, Visit Amsterdam, Paris, & London), goals you'd like to become habits (floss every day), baby steps (go one week without a cigarette, go one month without a cigarette, go three months without a cigarette), personal growth stuff (write a letter to yourself to open on the 1001st day)...you get the idea.
One of my Day Zero goals is to read 50 new-to-me books in 2015. I realize now, when it's November 7th and I've only read 28 (and reread two favorites), that goal might have been a little unrealistic. I'm in the middle of two books right now and I always have a long queue of ebooks on the Philadelphia Free Library site, so it's possible I could get to 35, but even if I only get to 30, that's 2 & 1/2 books a month! I'm considering the goal reached, because that's a lot of books! I love reading!
I love reading. And I love writing. Right now, I'm reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It's non-fiction, it's "some instructions on writing and life." Though I'm really enjoying it, I can't relate to some of it because it's geared more toward fiction writers. Still, it's inspiring me. It's reminding me why I write and it's encouraging me to write more.
As I was writing this blog post, I had an idea. An idea that proves Lamott's point that when you start writing, you never know where you're going to end up. I have a new Day Zero goal! (The beauty of the Day Zero List is that it's fluid--you can always delete goals that are no longer meaningful to you, edit goals, add new ones.) So my idea was that I should write every day in 2016 and the train of thought (and google) took me here: 365 Days of Writing Prompts.
I started to check out the prompts, but then I decided to let myself be surprised by not looking too far ahead. I'm doing it. Every morning. I'm going to start each day in 2016 writing. Who wants to join me?