January 2017 Newsletter

Every journey starts with a single step.


If you follow my blog, you already know about my #100wordsaday challenge. If you don’t, here it is in a nutshell:

Feeling idea-rich but time-poor, I set a challenge for myself – to write one hundred words a day, every single day, for a year.

I figured no matter how busy I was, I could find the time to squeeze out one hundred words.  And at the end of the year, I’d have 36,500 words. That’s three quarters of a novel, or a novella and a half, or ten short stories.

Just over a week into the challenge, here’s what I’m finding:

I haven’t written one hundred words once.

No, instead I’m writing 300, 400 or even 600. And as I get more invested in my characters, as I see my plot shaping up, I’m getting writing more. Faster. Better.

And the piece of the puzzle that’s keeping me writing, every single day, is accountability.

Every day I write my words and every day I post my “best” sentence on my Facebook page with the hashtag #100wordsaday.

What I’m looking for now is people to join the challenge.

Are you stuck in a writing rut, too? Or maybe writing isn’t your thing. Maybe you want to exercise more. Eat more veggies. Learn a foreign language.

There are three simple steps.

  • Pick a goal so small it almost seems virtually insignificant. Five sit-ups a day. One baby carrot a day. Two new vocabulary words a day.
  • Tell someone about your goal. Better yet, tell everyone.
  • Hold yourself accountable. Publicly. On social media.

They say it takes 30 days to form a new habit. Let’s put that to the test.

Hope to see you on Facebook! #100wordsaday.

All the best,