Video: 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing

Here’s a video that we put together based on our experience of writing every day for a year, and based off our post 100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing.


100 Things Learned from 365 Days of Writing

Writing Every Day

Last year was our year of 365 days of writing prompts. By writing every day we learned about the craft, reaching goals, and ourselves. We highly recommend the experience to anyone, but in case you don’t feel like taking on the challenge we thought we would share the top 100 things we gained from the year:

  1. When writing everyday is a given, it becomes a priority. If you want it to be a high priority, make it a given.
  2. Promises documented publicly are easier to keep. Try it, you’ll see.
  3. When every day matters there is intention given to each 1,440 minutes you get.
  4. Sometimes you’ll be surprised by what you can create by just getting words on the page.
  5. Other times when you feel like garbage, you’ll write garbage.
  6. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try.
  7. Write outside of your genre, because who said you’ve actually found it? You might surprise yourself.
  8. Just because it’s not what you typically write, doesn’t mean it won’t help you grow.
  9. Answer questions you don’t know the answers to, halfway through babbling you might find them.
  10. The days not technically over until midnight, even one-word down is something Cinderella.
  11. Some days and weeks and months are easier, but it’s always possible.
  12. There is a fine balance between quality and quantity, create now and question which one you found after a night’s sleep.
  13. Sometimes all it takes is a sentence to spark a corner of your mind you didn’t know was there.
  14. Celebrate small victories, you earned them.
  15. People and life get in the way, don’t let them be dead ends, there is a detour somewhere.
  16. Writing is fun.
  17. Writing sucks.
  18. Writing is a way to understand.
  19. Don’t forget that writing gives back. Start and it can soothe you.
  20. When you add up a bunch of little days you get one massive product. Don’t forget the importance of the bottom block of your tower.
  21. Don’t waste your precious time with excuses. You can overcome them all.
  22. One day you’ll reach at least a portion of your goal and that day will be euphoric. The harder you work the better it will feel.
  23. When you love what you’re doing there is no way to fail.
  24. The light at the end of the tunnel may not be visible for 100 or 256 or 402 days. Trust it is there. If you do, there is a good chance you’ll see it.
  25. No fun, or sleep, or leaving the house if need be… until you do what your heart is telling you to do.
  26. The beach, airport, waiting room, what have you… are great places to write. Pen and paper is all you need, or a phone, or a computer. You have access to something. Writers are creative.
  27. Share your goals with those closest to you. Even if you can let yourself down, you don’t want to let them down.
  28. Don’t open Netflix or Hulu in the middle of trying to do something.
  29. The best way to get in the writing mood is to read.
  30. Appreciate milestones, they mean you’re closer.
  31. Small goals are obtainable. They make the ultimate result possible.
  32. Drink some caffeine and just do it. You’ll thank yourself tomorrow.
  33. At some point it gets easier, because it becomes a part of who you are and what you do.
  34. Everyone’s journey is unique and beautiful. Find yours.
  35. You will fail, because you are human, and that is okay.
  36. Be thankful for what and who you have on your journey. They make it easier at times, and that is a blessing.
  37. Don’t forget how much you want it. If you don’t anymore, find something you do want.
  38. Sometimes write and forget about editing.
  39. When you lose sight of what made you fall in love with what you are doing, revisit the roots of your passion.
  40. If you do everything you can there is no chance for regret.
  41. People will doubt you.
  42. You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
  43. I guarantee there is someone in the world who has been waiting for what you have to say, don’t let that person down. They have great taste that only you can satisfy.
  44. Take a second to look back every now and then. Appreciate how much you have grown.
  45. Tackling something that scares you is exhilarating.
  46. Resilience and persistence are beautiful traits. Practice them.
  47. Believe, because even if it doesn’t get you where you planned on going, it will get you somewhere. It’s the mystery that’s exciting.
  48. Hard work is underrated.
  49. Let yourself shine through. It’s the only unique thing you have to offer this world.
  50. Sometimes the idea is the harder half of the battle, and writing is the easy part.
  51. To write a list like this you should write one each day, not bust them all out in a few sittings.
  52. When you are in a lull, start a project.
  53. Productive distractions are the best kind.
  54. Some people don’t have the courage or willingness to try. Don’t be one of those people.
  55. Save documents in multiple places.
  56. A lot changes in a year.
  57. You need to want it for yourself, because you are the only guaranteed constant in your lifetime.
  58. Don’t write lying down when you are tired.
  59. Look at the same story from a different angle and it will transform into a different story.
  60. Plan ahead for long nights.
  61. Sharing on social media can be the hardest part.
  62. There are seconds in everyday that are underutilized.
  63. Don’t stress about if it’s perfect, just getting it down on paper is enough sometimes.
  64. Writing every day gives you confidence in your writing, you spend less time being hesitant.
  65. Don’t Stop. It’s not an option, unless you make it one.
  66. Decide what you want to hold yourself accountable for.
  67. Don’t believe the lies. You’re a writer, if you write.
  68. It’s best to not procrastinate.
  69. Even if things go wrong like you’re computer is down, you lose power, or you don’t have a Wifi connection don’t let that stop you. Make it work.
  70. Nothing can overpower something you really want to accomplish.
  71. Don’t measure your success with anything that is out of your control. Example: Don’t have a goal to get published, have a goal to send your query to a certain amount of agents and try really hard.
  72. Never give up. Know the difference between changing course and giving up completely.
  73. If you’re going to write at your computer for hours into the night, take out your contact lenses. It’s not worth the trip to the eye doctor.
  74. Set the mood (Comfy spot, music, proper lighting, writing equipment, and being alone).
  75. Writing is a solitary activity. Sometimes you might have to reject plans to do what’s best for you.
  76. If you have someone holding you accountable, they will keep you in check.
  77. Come to think of it, a reminder on your phone might not be a bad idea.
  78. Writing is not like a haircut, it’s like weight loss. You can’t see the slow progress, but someone who hasn’t seen you for six months totally can.
  79. Lack of recognition DOES NOT take away from all you have accomplished.
  80. Just because no one is interested today, doesn’t mean no one will be there tomorrow.
  81. Sometimes all it takes is one person to recognize your potential.
  82. Sometimes that person is you.
  83. What people like to read is down to preference. Not one single person can tell you there is no value to what you created.
  84. Don’t be afraid to invite others in. Never take those special people for granted. Every comment, like, follow, and view is appreciated.
  85. Look for writing tools, websites, and apps to help you out if you need the extra push.
  86. Writing everyday makes editing easier.
  87. Switch up how you develop a story and see what you end up creating. For example, instead of starting with the plot, start with the title.
  88. Experiment with different point-of-views. It may help you find a unique voice.
  89. Things that seem like you’re doing them for practice and just for fun could lead their way into full novels.
  90. It’s always good to practice the element of surprise in your writing.
  91. Don’t be afraid to share what you are working on. It’s something to be proud of.
  92. There are no limits to creativity. You can always come up with something new to write about. It’s surprisingly easy.
  93. Every idea has been done, but it’s your interpretation that makes it unique.
  94. Spending time writing something random everyday gives you confidence in bigger projects. If you can do this, imagine what you can do with a novel.
  95. Your comfort zone is only as small as you allow it to be.
  96. Don’t let writer’s block paralyze you. There are plenty of resources out there that can get your wheels turning.
  97. When you write every day, you don’t have the option of writer’s block. You’ve just have to do it.
  98. You learn what you are capable of.
  99. You might not feel like writing until you are writing.
  100. If we can do it, you can do it. We’re not that great.

Thanks to everyone who has joined in on the journey and/or was supportive to us along the way. It was a great year and we’re looking forward to another one full of writing and adventures!


365Day 365 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about what happens after your character reaches their goal.

Shannon: Know what sucks about reaching a goal? You spend all your time waiting to reach it, but once you get there it’s kind of sad. For a second you wish you could go back, and at the same time you really don’t want to, and you know you can’t. You’ve got to move on even though it’s hard. Even though you don’t know if the next thing will be better. You can only hope.

Erin: Once I finally had what I wanted I already had new goals in my head that were taking over. There was a part of that reality that was unhealthy. However that was how I would grow, was why I was who I was. Life without a harder to reach goal was hopeless. Because there was no hope for anything, just happiness with what already became average in the eye of the beholder. I would never be fully happy, which made me a little happy.

You’re character has finally made it, you have finally made it!


364Day 364 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Let your character look back on what they were able to accomplish this year.

Shannon: This last year I got fired, I got kick out of the apartment, I got lost for a while, I was dumped…a few times, I was lonely, I made mistakes, I was bitter, I was boring, and I was rude. But I was also brave, I got a new job that I really like, I made new friends, I made amends, I started volunteering, I started going to therapy, I got my own place, and I’m still not perfect but it was a good year.

Erin: In a year so much can change. No matter how hard I tried the year had flipped my world upside down. My birth control failed, the father bailed and where did that leave me? In a deep and dark place. I dug myself out though and that may have been my biggest accomplishment of the year. When my daughter was born my life had a new meaning, the years to come had a new meaning.

365 days of things have happened.


363Day 363 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a magical piece of clothing.

Shannon: They were giving away the gloves at the shelter. I just grabbed a pair to keep my hands warm while I walked to school. I didn’t know what the gloves were capable of until one day I decided not to take them off. I just wanted to test them out, because I had developed a theory over time and I was right. If I touched someone with my fabric-covered fingertips, I was suddenly on their radar. Something most people wouldn’t need magic for, but for me it take a miracle to people on my side. Now I guess all I needed was this pair of gloves and a plan for what I should do with my new power.

Erin: My power to make not only me but objects invisible was mostly used for my petty wants. Until the day I made them my legacy and livelihood. That was the day I transformed the bra as women knew them. Strapless, backless, and cutout dresses were no longer a nightmare. As long as users remembered to put on the finder bow on when they were not using them they wouldn’t have a closet full of lost and useless bras in the corner.

Let the clothing work some magic.


362 (2)Day 362 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Send your character into their domain.

Shannon: The school’s art room was had to be one of the best places in the world. I had free rein over all the supplies and my only limitation was my imagination. There wasn’t on tool in the room that I hadn’t learn to master, but choosing was still hard. I was a little unconventional in that way. I liked to mix.

Erin: I didn’t realize school was for me until I had my first college lecture. In that room education started to make sense and how I fit into it started to make sense. There I could thrive. I was no longer feeling stuck and stagnant.

Take us there.


361Day 361 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a character with two sides.

Shannon: “Why are you always so mean to him?”

“Because one of us has to be. You’re a push-over, I’m protecting you. Just appreciate it,” she explained as she continued to cling to the controls.

“From what?” I attempted to overpower her, but I couldn’t win.

“From heartbreak.” She finally looked at me for a second but soon turned back to the screen. “You forget too easily…I don’t.”

Erin: She was programmed with two emotional settings. Happy and angry. The only problem was she wasn’t programmed with any logic. Anything could trigger her. There was no telling what would.

What does each side of your character look like?