WELCOME TO THE 6TH ANNUAL
WRITE FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY (WFMAD)
This is for you if you want to write.
If you struggle to find time to write.
If you want to get ready for NaNoWriMo in November.
If you are wicked insecure about your writing ability.
And if you are a gifted and skilled procrastinator.
The rules of the WFMAD Challenge are simple.
- Commit to write for 15 minutes every single day this month.
- Write, just like you promised yourself.
- There is no Rule #3. Life is already too complicated. Two rules are easy to remember. The point is to get you to write, not bog you down with silly regulations.
How does this work?
Things are going to be a little different his year. For starters, we're doing it in September, not August (which we started doing the year my mom died), and not July, which was the original month for WFMAD. This year's challenge was moved because a) I'm busy working n the next book (ASHES), and b) my new YA novel, THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY comes out in January and I'm already busy with early publicity chores, and c) our son got married in August, so life has been more hectic than usual.
I'll post a blog every day. It will have some writing prompts and not-so-gentle reminders that you PROMISED to write for 15 minutes. YOU SWORE AN OATH! This is boot-camp for your writing discipline, my friends. There is no whining in boot camp. No excuses. Just writing. And random outbursts of dancing.
Where Do I Sign Up?
No sign-ups, although in years past, writers have double-dog-dared their writer friends to join them in the Challenge. I suggest a high-stakes bet with your friend, if you choose to do that.
Do I Have To Respond To Your Prompts?
Hell, no! Write what you want, write what the little voice in your head is whispering. But if you are stuck, try out the prompt.
How Can You Tell If I Am Doing It?
I can’t. It’s between you and your Muse, unless you tell your friends or leave a note in the Comments section of my blog. (I must admit, I like it when people do that.) Sometimes people post their day’s writing in the Comments section. (I like that, too.)
You are accountable only to yourself, ever, for the amount of time you choose to spend writing. Or if you blow it off. This is a good place to begin the daily discipline, and to get in the habit of that accountability. Here you are with friends who understand the struggle. Feel free to tell us all about your writing challenges, or ask me questions in the Comments section.
What if I screw up and miss a day? Or a week?
Then you start over! Don't waste any more time beating yourself up about lost writing opportunities. There are only three situations that should ever interfere with your writing: you have a new baby, you are sick enough to be in a hospital, or you are caring for someone who is that ill, and someone you love has recently died. HOWEVER…. all three of these situations evoke powerful feelings and if you could write even one sentance a day when you are in the middle of them, it would be awesome.
HELP! I'm totally blocked! I can't think of anything to write!
You've come to the write, I mean right, place.
Today's non-fiction prompt: Write about why you are afraid to write. What is your worst writing nightmare? What is the worst thing that can happen if you send 15 minutes a day, every day for the rest of this month, writing?
Today's fiction prompt: Write a silly fable about two cows. Cow #1 follows her dream of being a performance artist. Cow #2 dreams of being a performance artist, but lacks the courage to try. You can see where I'm headed with this, can't you?
Fifteen minutes. More if you want, but just fifteen minutes spent writing today could change your entire life.