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Mission Accomplished - 100 Articles in 100 Days


This year, in mid-April, I set myself an outrageous challenge. To write 100 articles in 100 days. It was outrageous because I averaged just 2–3 articles a week, spending 5–6 hours per article. 

If I were to make article writing an integral part of my routine, I have to reduce that time to 1–2 hours per article. 

The only way I knew how to achieve that was to follow Violinist Hilary Hahn’s 100 Days of practice model. So I announced my crazy idea and started keeping the score on Austin Kleon’s PRACTICE to SUCK LESS grid.

My aim was threefold.

  1. To get better.
  2. To bring the article writing time down from 5–6 hours to 1–2 hours.
  3. To build a system to publish every day.

I told myself, I will not worry about whether my headlines were good or not, or whether my article was plain right boring; I will aim at publishing every day.

I didn’t bother to send my article to prestigious publications. Instead, I published them on my profile first and then sent them to those publications that accepted pre-published articles (usually on the same day).

I didn’t look at the stats or monthly statements to check how much money I was making. I just kept writing.

Some days, I wrote fluently; other days, I struggled. Some days I managed to write and publish within an hour; other days, I had to stay up late at night to finish the damn thing. But I didn’t miss a day.

Now here I am, 100 days later, proud that I kept my promise to myself.

Here are some of my humble achievements:

  • Published 100 articles in nine publications — The Ascent, ILLUMINATION, World Traveler’s Blog, DataDrivenInvestor, Age of Awareness, The Shadow, Age of Awareness, Loud Updates, and my own publication Authorpreneurs.
  • 62 of my articles were chosen for further distribution. All of my short stories (except one) and all of my travel articles (except one) were chosen for further distribution. 
  • I became the top Travel Writer twice.
  • My follower numbers grew from 900 to 2195.
  • Earned a bonus check of $500 in May.
  • My average article writing time now is 1.5 hours. 
  • I wrote and published my first book in one week, in the public eye, writing a daily article to share my progress.

But real achievements were different.

  • My confidence in myself has grown through the roof. Not only can I write for long hours, but I wrote for three and half months without breaking the chain.
  • I have won several friends who are my cheer squad, my motivators, and my bedrock. Without their encouragement, I would not have been able to keep going. So a big thank you to you all.
  • I have built myself a system to write. 
  • I wrote what I wanted to write rather than what other people were writing. I went where curiosity took me and aimed at things, habits, and topics I wanted to learn. I am surprised that 62% of my article were curated. It meant my offbeat topics were noticed.
  • I chose speed over quality. Speed comes with consistency, and with consistency comes quality. I knew if I continue to take 5 hours to write an article, sooner or later, I will give up because I don’t have that many spare hours a day to write just one article. But I can certainly spare 1 -2 hours a day to write an article. Now that I have achieved speed, I will aim for quality.

Where to from here?

First, I would love to have a break. 

Not a long one, just small ones.

I am going to take weekends off. After reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath, I see the importance of taking time off regularly. 

I would aim to write five articles a week. However, if, on certain weeks, I could only manage two articles, I will not kill myself over that. 

I will be directing my focus to write books from now on. 

I have already published one, the second one is in the draft, and the idea of the third one is not letting me sleep at night. I intend to write and publish six books this calendar year. 

I am also going to concentrate on writing for my publication Authorpreneurs. It is a small publication to serve a small niche of readers who want to take their writing to the next level.

In the past decade, self-published authors have started dominating the writing industry, and the trend is not only going to continue but explode. If you are serious about your craft, you should consider writing books and building a business around it simply because books have longer shelf life than articles. 

In Authorpreneurs, I will be sharing insights about writing, publishing, and marketing books. 

Join the publication if it is the direction you want to go as well.

Last but not least.

Thank you for reading and encouraging me all through the journey. 

Below is a list of 100 articles, in case you missed any.

List of 100 articles:

100 Articles in 100 Days

So You Made A Mistake (Chosen for further distribution)

A Writer’s Graduation

What I Learned About Being Vulnerable Online This Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Can Acceptance of Death Make Us Live Better (Chosen for further distribution)

I Announced My First Course And Was Too Glad When Nobody Bought It (Chosen for further distribution)

Five Rules To Overcome Self-doubt (Chosen for further distribution)

3 Habits Of A Freshman Writer

Why I Am Not Intimidated By A Blank Page And Why You shouldn’t Either

I Posted On Social Media For 100 Consecutive Days (Chosen for further distribution)

Why We Write (Chosen for further distribution)

3 Habits Of A Sophomore Writer

Why I Want To Write Fiction In 2021 (Chosen for further distribution)

I Have Banned Myself From Buying Any More Online Courses

Get Fast Before Getting Good (Chosen for further distribution)

Oh My God, I Am All Over Twitter

Three Kinds Of Mentors (Chosen for further distribution)

Clap Or Not To Clap, That Is The Question

I Am Over The Moon, Happy As A Larry, Overjoyed, Buzzing With Excitement

Rest Assured This Is Not A One-Off Bonus

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting A New Project (Chosen for further distribution)

Everything Changes When You Start Working From The Fourth Level of Consciousness

You Only Need To Learn Five Types Of Sentences To Write Fiction

Time Management Doesn’t Work (Chosen for further distribution)

3 Pieces of Advice For Creative People (Chosen for further distribution)

How To Make Sure You Listen To Inspiration When It Whispers

Do You Have Any Regrets (Chosen for further distribution)

If You Want To Change Your Life, Make Your Bed

How to Create From the Higher State of Consciousness

Edinburgh — The Tale Of Two Cities

Filing is a Critical Skill That Most Writers Ignore (Chosen for further distribution)

A Question To All Fiction Writers On Medium

How To Look Death In the Eye And Live Intensely

How To Write Stories From Everyday Life (Part 1) 

How To Write Stories From Everyday Life (Part 2) (Chosen for further distribution)

How To Write Stories From Everyday Life (Part 3) (Chosen for further distribution)

Telling Stories With Images

The Art of Noticing

I Am Half Way Through My 100 Articles In 100 Days Challenge

I Am Learning About Crowdfunding (Chosen for further distribution)

Crowdfunding for Writers (Chosen for further distribution)

Shout-out for Three Fellow Writers (Chosen for further distribution)

Is Worry Wearing You Down

What Is Your End Game As A Writer (Chosen for further distribution)

What Is The End Game For Literary Writers (Chosen for further distribution)

The Half-year Reset

Three Articles That Impacted Me This Week

An Afternoon At The Redhill (Chosen for further distribution)

Forget About Year, Forget About Months — Focus On Days

I Am Writing An eBook In A Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Day 1 — Writing An EBook In One Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Day 2 — Writing An eBook In One Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Day 3 — Writing An eBook In One Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Day 4 — Writing An eBook In One Week

Day 5 — Writing An eBook In One Week

Day 6 — Writing An eBook In One Week (Chosen for further distribution)

Day 7 — Writing An eBook In One Week (Chosen for further distribution)

7 Lessons Learnt By Writing And Publishing an eBook In One Week

I Am Forcing Myself To Do ‘Nothing’

When You Can’t Put Together Your Writing In Any Coherent Manner (Chosen for further distribution)

Why Is Everyone Around Me So Irrational? (Chosen for further distribution)

Let’s Talk About Writing Books (Chosen for further distribution)

Publications Are Still The Key To Reach The Wider Audience (Chosen for further distribution)

Five Future Technologies That Will Change The Game Of Writing Forever

How To Read Books

You Are Not On Medium To Make Money

So You Want To Be A Blogger (Chosen for further distribution)

First Read, Then Write (Chosen for further distribution)

I Am Reviving Authorpreneurs Publication

Finding Balance (Chosen for further distribution)

Building A Bliss Station (Chosen for further distribution)

Make Someone’s Day (Chosen for further distribution)

Writing Books Is A Mindset Shift (Chosen for further distribution)

Dear Writers, A Fellow Writer Needs Our Help (Chosen for further distribution)

Writing eBooks Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Do A Print Version (Chosen for further distribution)

How To Structure Your Novel (Chosen for further distribution)

Your Productivity Problem Is Over-Expectation, Not Distractions

My Ultimate List of Writing Advice (Chosen for further distribution)

One True Fan, Was All I Needed (Chosen for further distribution)

Work-Life Balance — Have We Got It All Wrong (Chosen for further distribution)

Don’t Make Earning Plans, Make Learning Plans (Chosen for further distribution)

Travel

Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral (Chosen for further distribution)

Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the National Gallery (Chosen for further distribution)

The London Eye, Palace of Westminster, and Westminster Abbey (Chosen for further distribution)

Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge (Chosen for further distribution)

Edinburgh — The Tale Of Two Cities (Chosen for further distribution)

Inverness and the Monster of Loch Ness (Chosen for further distribution)

Edinburgh — The Writer’s Museum (Chosen for further distribution)

London — Museums and Art Galleries (Chosen for further distribution)

Paris — the City of Dreams (Chosen for further distribution)

Paris — Louvre (Chosen for further distribution)

Paris — Versailles (Chosen for further distribution)

The Hidden Gems and Secret Paris

Istanbul — A City of 3,200 Mosques (Chosen for further distribution)

Short Stories

The Flight (Chosen for further distribution)

Aunt Olivia (Chosen for further distribution)

A Christmas Wish

The Blessed (Chosen for further distribution)

The Goddess (Chosen for further distribution)

The Teapot (Chosen for further distribution)


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