Reaching 100 lists in a row is an incredibly exciting accomplishment, and a huge challenge! Here are some tips for making it all the way to a listing streak of 100.
Get to know other List My Five writers and listen to their stories. Many writers here have published hundreds of lists and have listing streaks nearing the 200-mark--and they're all more than willing to help a fellow writer! Don't be afraid to ask for advice from the pros; you'll not only learn some great tips, but you'll also make some great friends.
There will of course be at least a few days out of 100 when you won't be feeling particularly writerly. Plan ahead for these times so that you won't have to worry about cranking out a list when you're under the weather, busy with work or family, or just plain lazy. For some, this could involve keeping a special notebook full of easy-to-write ideas, while others might have a few special "emergency" lists stashed up. Find what works for you and make a plan.
Like planning ahead, it's a good idea for all listing streakers to have a stash of unpublished lists, saved in a word document or notebook. Treat this like your emergency cash fund--and your daily list should be like paying your utility bills, rent, or mortgage. You don't want to sacrifice your listing streak if you don't have to, but you should save those emergency lists for times when you really need them--and be sure to replenish the stash when you can! The number of lists you need will vary, but at least a week's worth should be a solid safety net.
As tempting as it might be to publish 50 lists on a day when you're feeling particularly inspired, don't do it just yet! If your goal is to reach a listing streak, then you might have to make some short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. Instead of publishing all 50 of those lists, store up half in your emergency stash and publish the other half to hedge your bets--you wouldn't want to publish all of them and experience a total writer's block the next day!
Sometimes special days call for a meta-list. If you reach a major milestone, celebrate it by creating a special list about it! The best ones are the ones that encourage or inspire other writers and that are simply fun to write. Give yourself a break, you've earned it!
Different writers on the site will have different strategies, some of which don't involve listing streaks--just be aware of what goals you want to accomplish, and that will help you make the best plan for your own individual preferences. Happy writing and good luck!
Good advice for listing streaks
Great info ... thanks for the list!
Inspiring! Hope I can do it!
Nice advice. High 5 list.
These are good ways to get to 100 listing streak. It sure helps to do the things on your well presented list to be successful in a streak of any kind. Congratulations on 100 streak, my friend.
Congrats on the streak! I broke mine at 84...doh! Great job!
Great tips. H5
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