If you’ve always dreamed of being able to write full time in a beautiful place overlooking a stunning landscape, you’re not alone. But, the reality is, most of us live in busy worlds, full of responsibilities and a writing life seems like a distant dream.
But, what if I told you that you can live a writer’s life today without having to quit your job or check out of your life? Living a writer’s life isn’t about how much you write or whether you can do it full time but about being connected with your words every day and allowing your imagination to live in every moment.
Everyone can live a writer’s life by setting aside just a small amount of time to write on a regular basis and allowing the words to build up at a pace that fits in around commitments and responsibilities.
Less can be more
The world is full of big initiatives to help writers get words down, many setting huge word goals and celebrating big numbers. If these work for you, that’s great. Anything that gets you writing is a positive thing.
The problem with big goals, however, is that they’re hard to sustain. They can make writing a chore and life unbalanced. Celebrations of big word counts – while wonderful for those who hit them – can also make the writers who don’t hit them feel inadequate or guilty rather than great about the words they have written.
Every word deserves celebration.
It’s time to take the negative emotions and pain out of writing and focus instead on fostering a healthy writer’s life, one that is sustainable, enriching and works for the majority of writers rather than the few, one that is inclusive and celebrates the small wins as much as the big ones.
Starting on 1st July, we’re running a free 100-day summer writing challenge with the goal to write just 100 words per day. If it stimulates you to write more, fantastic, but if not, that’s okay. Our mission is simply to get everyone writing bit by bit and supporting each other along the way.
If you’re a subscriber, we sent you a link to a free toolkit back on 24th June – National Writing Day – which includes a fabulous writing guide packed with ideas around how you can live a writer’s life, by writing 100 words regularly, along with a 100-day calendar that you can use for the challenge. (If you’ve not received it, please let us know here and we’ll send you the link).
If you’re not yet subscribed, please join us here. It’s free and we’ll send you the guide and calendar as gifts. You’ll also receive an inspirational message every Monday to help get each week started with a creative boost.
During the challenge, we’ll be sharing regular writing tips, prompts and ideas for things to try on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as in our free writing group which you’re welcome to join at any time.
Look out, in particular, for opportunities to win prizes.
It’s free to join us
It’s free to take part in this wonderful, summer writing experience. We want it to be inclusive and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to be part of it. You’re welcome wherever you are in the world and wherever you are on your writing journey.
The experience will be great whether you’re new to writing or have been writing all your life, whether you’re starting a new writing project or are rewriting (editing) an existing one. Any forward motion involving words counts!
There’s no complicated programme to sign up to, no fiddly technology or dashboard to keep up with. You don’t need to buy anything to take part although we would say that a lovely notebook and a favourite pen make wonderful companions.
There’s no right or wrong way of progressing through the challenge. If something works for you, brilliant. If not, use this experience as an opportunity to discover what does.
All you have to do is write 100 words per day, more if you wish, for 100 days and join in with the activities and conversations as often (or as little) as you wish on social media using the #100Words hashtag.
Let’s all get together to inspire and support each other with getting words flowing. Let’s be there for each other when there are challenges, to share ideas and ways through. Let’s rally around each other to celebrate when things are going well too.
We’d love to see photos of your lovely calendar filling up with ticks as you write and will have special days when you can share samples of your work with other too.
I will personally be joining in and will offer as much support as I can. You’ll often find me hanging out among the pages of Lightbox Originals, in our writing group and on social media.
Ready to take part?
Make sure you’ve downloaded your guide and calendar then look out for a special post on our homepage on 1st July with all the details.
I can’t wait to begin writing with you!