100 Days Of Writing (Round 1)

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

Start Date: 2018-03-23

Rules

  1. I will write every day. My focus is to write academic paper or related literature or notes.
  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.

Motivations

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.

Milestone

Template for Log

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

* -min writing
* words

**Thoughts and Emotions**

**Tomorrow's plan**

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LOG

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

Day 5: 2018-08-13 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 3-hour writing
  • Edited a paper and sent to my advisor
  • Wrote new contents for a paper

Thoughts and Emotions

I felt more relaxed today than before to write paper.

Last Friday our department was moved from 650 Frist Ave. to 140 Madison. I like the new space very very much. I did not have any struggle or delay to start editing and writing. It was a productive day.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Wait for my advisor’s email to schedule a meeting to review the paper
  • Continue to write the methodology paper

Day 6: 2018-08-14 Tuesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 3-hour writing
  • Continued to add new contents to the methodology paper
  • Started a new applicaiton paper

Thoughts and Emotions

Not as productive as yesterday. The difficulty level of contents increases.

I started a paper for application instead of methodology paper.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper

Day 7: 2018-08-16 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 2-hour writing

Thoughts and Emotions

I felt upset and the productivity was low.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Edit the paper
  • Continue to write the application paper

Day 8: 2018-08-27 Monday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 4-hour writing
  • Edit the paper
  • Continue to write the application paper

Thoughts and Emotions

It can be considered a productive day.

I reached a limit to continue to write the application paper. I tried playing games to have a rest and then resume to write. Though the work is not deep work (editing tables in the paper), I at least was doing something and finished a little.

I procrastinated to do things since 2018-08-17. My advisor said it had been 10 days and the work can be done in one afternoon. I know. I will try changing the behavior.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper

Day 9: 2018-08-28 Tuesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • Continue to write the application paper

Thoughts and Emotions

After yesterday’s meeting, I edited part of paper. Today I finished the rest of it.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper

Day 10: 2018-08-29 Wednesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • Continue to write the application paper
  • Edit paper

Thoughts and Emotions

I felt it was hard to concentrate. If I felt nervous, I would play games or recite Japanese words on Duolingo app on my iPhone.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper
  • Meet with advisor

Day 11: 2018-08-30 Thursday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • Continue to write the application paper
  • Edit paper
  • Meet with advisor
  • Send out the edited paper

Thoughts and Emotions

Finally, my advisor said it was ok to send to doctors. A milestone!

I will attend a baby shower on Saturday. I will leave on Friday afternoon and will be back on Saturday. I am not sure whether I can work tomorrow and definitely cannot work on Saturday.

It is a good week. I work every day this week. Even if I cannot concentrate all the time, small progress is being made all the time.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper

Day 12: 2018-09-04 Tuesday

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • 3-hour writing

Thoughts and Emotions

Though I didn’t feel passion for writing the result, the progress was made.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Continue to write the application paper

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