Are you an aspiring writer? Do you want to be published one day? Do you wish you had more time for your writing? Are you tired of saying “one day I will…” and want to get your writing done now?
I wish I had a magic wand that would add two hours to my day – two hours with complete silence and without interruptions. I’d write my heart out during those two hours. Unfortunately, magic wands aren’t real, and our world works on a 24-hour clock. So if you and I want to get our words out into the world, we’ve got to make the time to make it happen. Enter the Write Every Day Challenge 2017. Here are the details:
The challenge is to write 500 words every single day of 2017 (yes, even weekends and holidays). Writing 3,500 words per week is also acceptable. So if you miss a day, you can just write more words on another day. However, I do encourage you to write every single day. It doesn’t even need to be good writing (that’s why we edit – this challenge is about getting words on a page).
What kind of writing?
Absolutely any kind of writing.
Writing for clients counts.
Writing for publications counts.
Writing chapters in your future books counts.
Writing poetry counts.
Journalling by hand counts. If you’re not sure how many words you’ve written by hand, take a guess. For most people, 500 handwritten words will take up 2-4 pages, depending on how large your writing is.
What about Saturdays/Sundays/religious holidays?
If you’re religious and observe a Sabbath/holiday, you can choose one of two options:
1. Skip your writing on these days and tack the words up on another day that week, or
2. Write a prayer or meditation in a journal.
What if I’m out of ideas on what to write about?
Read this list and choose one 🙂
- You could join me on my “All the Nice Things” challenge and write about the nice things that happen each day;
- You could do what I did and plan out your entire content for 2017 ahead of time.
- You could choose to write about the things you read (a rebuttal, a summary, a review, anything).
- You could choose to write about the things you watch (have you seen a movie or TV show lately? What are your thoughts on it?)
- You could make a mind map about your niche or subjects
- You could use one of the prompts you’ll get by signing up for the challenge mailing list.
What do I do with all these words after I write them down?
That’s entirely up to you. You could choose to publish them on a blog (like I’m doing with “all the nice things”), or you could choose to simply set them aside for future inspiration. If you choose 500 words each day for a novel or nonfiction book, you could choose to publish the book when you’re done. The sky’s the limit!
How will I ever find time to write 500 words every single day?
Firstly, remember that you’re just writing. Leave the editing for later. That will save you lots of time. Secondly, if this goal is important to you, make the time. Wake up a little earlier, study your time expenditure to see if you really are completely out of time, and carve out the time you need to get there. Most of us have more time than we think we do, even when we are extremely busy. I’ve got three children 6 and under who I homeschool, and I still have time to do this. If I can do it, so can you. Don’t look at the state of my house though. I’m choosing to prioritize my writing.
Sounds great! Where do I sign up?
Right here! First, sign up for the Writing Pays mailing list.You’ll get weekly tips, prompts, and encouragement for your writing, and you’ll be notified of any new writing blog posts on this site.
Also, join our Facebook challenge group and post your daily and/or weekly word count, get encouragement and inspiration from other members, and discuss all things writing related.
If you’re on Twitter, post your daily word count with the hashtag #writeeveryday2017 and @marianaswriting
And finally, write “I’m in” in the comments below! Can’t wait to take this journey together! Let’s make 2017 the year we take our writing seriously and turn it into more than “someday I will!” No better time than the present.