100 Days of writing with London Writers’ Salon

Meliha Avdic
4 min readSep 29, 2021

Day 7

On Tuesday, 21st of September we had an amazing meeting at the LWS to plan our 100 days of writing. We want to end the year strong. We want to make the most of this opportunity, so when New Year comes we have glorious achievements and a reason to believe that 2022 will be a great year.

To help me achieve this goal, I made a day-to-day progress sheet and my weekly progress pyramid. LWS provided these tools, but I made my own just to feel a connection to them. You know, these sorts of little things are important to get us truly committed to a cause.

The 100 days challenge officially started on Thursday 23rd of September. We’re on day 7 towards our ultimate goal of finishing 2021 like true writing victors. Except that so far, I am FAILING badly. I mean, this is an epic fail. I have got to get my act together, so I am writing myself a strongly worded letter.

Dear Meliha,

What the heck is going on with you? You keep reading, researching and learning new stuff, while a story is burning a hole in your brain. It needs to come out so badly, it’s about to perform a miracle and come out on its own, probably through your ears. Is that what you want? Can you even imagine what kind of a mess that would be?

Alright, I get it. You have some articles that you need to write and they, too, are burning a hole in your brain. You’ve also just published a book, and you need to promote it. Plus, you have family obligations and all kinds of other bits-and-bobs you need to do. So calm down. I got you.

The simple fact is, you can’t get it all perfect. You need to start doing things just to get them done. You really do. I mean it. So, when it comes to bits-and-bobs, just get them done as quickly as possible. Stop trying to turn a small space into a large space. Accept the small space and get on with things that matter. It’s better to have clutter in your apartment than in your head, right? Clear your head by writing and getting all that mess out, and then get on with ‘housework’, or whatever.

Use your frigging schedule! You’ve spent time making it so that every hour is accounted for and so that you can get everything done, and then you go off on a tangent. Stick to the schedule and move new things to a later date. Your idea ‘oh I can get this done quickly so I don’t have to do it later’ is messing up the system. You can’t get it done now, because you already have plans for ‘now’. Stop changing the schedule.

Stop with the idea that your writing time is flexible and tell everyone that you’re working when you’re writing. Why are you complicating your life by allowing everyone and everything to come into your writing? Your writing time is your writing time. Tell everyone and everything that you’re busy. NO! You cannot move your writing to another time because they need you now. They can figure things out on their own. Or at least they should try to learn from their mistakes.

You do want this, right? You do want to end the year with an accomplishment? Well, if you do, you’ll have to sort yourself out. Writing is NOT something you can delegate to another person, unless you can get that person to magically move into your head. Even then, they’ll probably get lost and confused, and they’ll need your help to find a way through the mess of thoughts and ideas you have collected. Delegate other stuff and let others get on with it, writing is not something you can delegate to another. Writing; you have to do it yourself. So do it!

Just think back to Tuesday 23rd of September and how excited you were to start. Keep that excitement. Keep the idea of a New Year like no other, a New Year that will not be just about resolutions (i.e. your flaws and how you can fix them, not that there is anything wrong with that, but you’ve done it for so long, it is time to make changes before the New Year, so that resolutions are already in place), but a true change that is already taking place so that you have hope rather than just vision. Use these last days of 2021 as a springboard to a great 2022.

As you know, I’m not liking you too much right now. But that’s okay. Deep down, you know I still love you. So please love me back and do this for yourself, for us.

Always by your side,

Meliha

P.S. Fingers crossed.

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Meliha Avdic

Born in Bosnia, grew up in the UK-another war child, yes. Passionate about people and the state of society. A bit of a maverick, apparently. www.meliha.uk