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Jun 11, 2019 20:56:20

Re: Re: A streak matters

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Jason Leow

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Parent post: Re: A streak matters

All the various posts on 200wad about the streak had been an interesting read. It's a fascinating lens on the depths of human motivation, and the various techniques on what makes a habit stick.

I thought I just wanted to share my perspective on one thing that seems to come up a lot: writing posts that are trivial or gibberish in an effort to keep the streak. The question is, how much of doing that is considered 'cheating'? Is there any value to it at all, or completely zero? 

The interesting thing I learned about trying to keep my streak is that writing gibberish or trivial things to keep the streak is part of the bigger journey, not against it. Because learning how to navigate and persevere through the low points in my writing enabled me to come back up stronger. It forced me to come up with ever creative ways to write so that I can keep the streak, and through that, I learned loads about creativity, and for instance, how to tap on the boredom that comes with a slump. Writing something trivial despite being completely uninspired is still that one rep in your discipline muscles. It's still showing up, even if the quality of your 'workout' is less than ideal. 

So yeah, but of course, everyone's mileage may vary. You might not agree, and that's ok. I recognise that it's a grey area with no clear rights or wrongs. And I'm definitely not saying that I'm in favour of writing gibberish all the time to keep a streak. It depends on context, and personal motivations. I do believe though, that some value can be found in writing such posts, in the bigger picture of journeying as a creative person/writer. 

Tl;dr - writing gibberish/trivial is not ALL bad. But it depends.

Have you ever experienced something similar in your writing journey here on 200wad before too?

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    @jasonleow after reading your view, I sort of agreed "writing gibberish/trivial is not ALL bad. But it depends"!

    Knight avatar Knight | Jun 12, 2019 06:36:26
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    @jasonleow I think I quit streaking (haha) because I found it too easy. It's not like I had a shortage of places to write, or as if my 200 words made a dent in the overall goal...BUT, it turns out I like streaking with this community of streakers. I like rushing onto the field alongside my fellow desperados. It's not the 200wad, it's the team. #TeamStreakers

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 11, 2019 23:39:49
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    @jasonleow When I started my morning routine today (up 30 mins before everyone else, a cup of tea, 2 biscuits, laptop, 200wad) I sat staring at the screen and could not think of anything to write. I see this as a good thing, seeing as a lot of my posts are around my struggles with depression and the bad thoughts that follow. If there is nothing pressing for me to write, good job! My brain is clearer than it should be and I can take time to think about what to write and do it later.
    I am caught up in the streak though, but I feel that it is a task I want to do, rather than have to. That is quite a big difference.

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jun 11, 2019 14:04:51
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      @twizzle that's great to hear. It's almost like a daily check-in. Nice. Would you mind sharing more about the difference between a task you want to do vs have to?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 11, 2019 21:21:56
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      @jasonleow @twizzle There are ups and downs but it should not be drudgery. If it's drudgery to write every day for someone, that person needs to revisit his or her why and become better aligned with goals and passions.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 06:57:47
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      @brandonwilson hmmm could you define drudgery perhaps? What's the difference between drudgery and downs? My first thoughts upon reading the word is that there were times when I felt drudgery during my slump, but it passed as I wrote through it.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 11, 2019 22:03:42
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      @jasonleow @twizzle To me drudgery is doing something out of obligation and not because you actually want to do it. You're not excited to do it but you know you have to. Classic example for me is exercise. I don't get the people who actually love to go to the gym and work out. That's just not how I am programmed. But I know I need to do it as part of my goals to improve health.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 07:19:30
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      @twizzle @brandonwilson heehee, what's interesting is that, yeah there were definitely some moments when I felt I was doing out of obligation, I was not excited, and because I have to (in order to keep the streak). Those times I really questioned my goals. Now on hindsight, I'm really grateful for the streak mechanism because it helped me stick to it (without which I would have simply stopped) and I came out better off on the other side. There's something emergent to it, that I wouldn't have known had I not just forcibly pushed myself through the process...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 11, 2019 22:35:30
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      @jasonleow @twizzle Well said. The streak enforces discipline. It's easy to say screw it, I don't feel like writing today. We all feel like that at one time or another. Once you stop once it's easy to stop again.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 11, 2019 07:46:01
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      @jasonleow I guess the obvious things are having to do the housework, washing up or cleaning versus spending time being creative or working on your own goals.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jun 11, 2019 16:14:22
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