Write for 30 Days – What Can You Accomplish?

If you read my post on the 15-Minute Writer 30-Day Challenge, you’ll know that I’m a proponent of15 minute writer 30 day challenge daily writing. For one thing, it builds your writing muscle; the more you write the better writer you become. Secondly, daily writing is a key to building a consistent writing habit. I know there are days that life interferes, that’s why I encourage the 15-minute habit. No matter how filled your life is, I’m pretty sure you can eke out 15 minutes of writing time.

A recent article in the Huffington Post was all about what the author had learned after 30 straight days of blogging.He started his 30 day project because he felt lost – he had written about specific topics for a long time and had finally hit the wall. He then started writing stream-of-consciousness every morning – his take on Julia Cameron’s morning pages. He discovered that

1.  Creating daily was like mental steroids.

Blogging every day clarifies my thoughts — it helps me notice things. It’s one of the most important practices of my profession.” Seth Godin

2.  The more the author created, the more ideas he had. Infinite.

3.  It’s ok to feel lost, to change directions, to find new pathways.

If you haven’t taken the 15-Minute 30-Day Challenge I encourage you to jump in. I guarantee you’ll be happily surprised at what you can create in those 30 days. If taking my email course doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, write for 30 days on your own. But write.

Anatomy of an Article, Part 2

milky way sky

Click back over to Part 1 of the Anatomy of an Article to refresh your memory. It’s all about note-taking and mind-mapping. In brief, I wanted to write something about my visit to Fort Robinson, Nebraska, the place where Crazy Horse was killed in 1877. On to Part 2:

I decided to write a flash non-fiction piece about this place. If you’re not familiar with flash non-fiction, read this blog post or this book. My challenge was to choose one key idea or image around which to build the piece. Initially, I thought it would be the black butterfly, but as I scrawled notes I realized the one thing that stood out most for me was seeing the Milky Way. Once I had the key element, I began to write. Continue reading