1. You have to practice. When you do a challenge like this, you're reinforcing the daily practice of writing. You're showing up at the page every day and that's the first step of mindful writing.
2. You have to be present. If you're writing a story every day or trying to finish a novel, you can't allow yourself to be distracted by other ideas or projects. You need to focus all your energy on the project at hand. This is great practice for mindful writing because if a new and sparkly idea comes up, you have to practice setting it aside so you can work on the current story.
3. You have to bounce back. If you miss a day or slip up during the challenge, you have to bounce back and keep writing. You don't have time to mope or beat yourself up for "failing" the challenge; you just have to write the next story. This forces you to set aside those judging thoughts and go back to writing.
Remember: Mindful writing is about being fully present in that moment and in that writing project. That means noticing when your inner critic is trying to barge in and letting those thoughts go. It also means bringing yourself back to that project when your thoughts or ideas start to wander.
Are there any challenges you're facing in your writing? Is there a way you can use the experience to practice mindful writing?