100 Days Of Writing (Round 1)

Main Commitment: I will write every day for the next 100 days.

Start Date: 2018-03-23


  1. I will go to the gym to take classes every day. My focus is on yoga. But not every day has a class suitable for my schedule.
  2. I will tweet my progress every day, with the hashtag #100DaysOfWriting #100DaysOfX #academicwriting #writing and note which day of the challenge I’m on.
  3. I will track my progress here and push to GitHub.
  4. I will only skip a day if something important comes up. And when I resume, I won’t count the day I skipped as one of my 100 days.
  5. I will encourage and support at least two people each day in the #100DaysOfWriting challenge on Twitter. I can read at most 5 tweets about #100DaysOfWriting each day. Less is more. Don’t spend more than enough time on the social networking website.

Some important additional considerations

  • Don’t skip two days in a row, and try not to skip more than 1 day in 2 weeks.


Writing academic paper and dissertation is daunting. The idea of writing every day gives me a lot of pressure, too. Recording the journey in the 100-day challenge may be a solution to reduce the stress.


Template for Log

### Day :

**Today's Progress (achievements and frustrations)**:

* -min writing
* words

**Thoughts and Emotions**

**Tomorrow's plan**



Day 1: 2018-03-23 Friday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 30-min writing
  • Started a draft of a methodology paper
  • 199 words

Thoughts and Emotions

I should write the methodology paper this time last year. Today meeting with the advisor gave me impulsion to start writing, and then I followed the emotion. I struggled to find English words to describe my ideas, and decided to use my mother-tongue Chinese to express in the first draft. It is a draft, not a final paper, and nobody will care which language you have used in a no-one-will-see draft. This writing strategy was inspired by my Japanese writing. My level of Japanese is so low that it adds blockage to thinking flow if I write in Japanese directly. Hence, the first draft is written in Chinese, and then it is translated into Japanese. Separating thinking and languages help me understand which part I have difficulty.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • 30-min writing of the 1st draft of a methodology paper

Day 2: 2018-04-20 Friday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 2-hour writing

Thoughts and Emotions

I wrote from 10:30 pm and 1:30 am. Before writing, stress initiated headache. After writing, I felt delighted.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • continue to write

Day 3: 2018-04-23 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 3-hour writing
  • Finished the soft draft paper

Thoughts and Emotions

My customized planning book gave me a lot of courage.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • continue to write another paper

Day 4: 2018-04-25 Wednesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 1-hour writing

Thoughts and Emotions

I see the hope to finish the project. It is a big move.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • correct the paper based on today’s meeting

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