7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

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You want to become a writer, and you might even have some extra time now to make it happen. But you’re not sure how to stay disciplined. Maybe you're overwhelmed and stressed. Or you're discovering it's really hard to build your own habits and routines into your day.

Still, you’re ready to commit and focus on your writing (or refocus). Where do you start?

Well, that's where our 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge comes in!

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

But before I tell more about the challenge, let me tell you why we’re doing this:

A Writing Habit Is Better Than Discipline

Every day, I get emails from people saying, “I want to be a writer, but I don’t have the discipline to finish anything.”

And I get that because that’s where I was. Strike that. That’s where I AM all the time. Even after finishing fourteen books, I still struggle daily with discipline.

That’s why I like habit so much more than discipline. A habit is something you do without thinking. You don’t have to be disciplined to have a habit. You just do it.

We've all experienced a lot of upheaval in the last few weeks. Our regular schedules have been entirely disrupted. If you're like me, the habits you're used to are all gone, at least for now.

I believe that this is the perfect time to start a creative writing habit. Setting aside a time to write creates a tiny bit of structure in your day. It's a way to tap into your creativity in the midst of stress. Best of all, you'll join a community of writers all cheering you on toward the same goal.

How do you kickstart a habit, though? Well, one way is to focus on it for a short period of time, like seven days; get a group together, like this community; and make building the habit a fun challenge! So that's what we're going to do!

Announcing Our 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

I'm really excited to announce our 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge, which we're beginning next week!

This challenge will help you kickstart a daily habit of writing. If you want to write a book, start a blog, or even just spend more time writing creatively, this writing challenge is for you.

What makes this even more fun is that we’re going to do the challenge together as a community.

Are you in? Here’s how this will work:

WRITING CHALLENGE RULES

  1. The challenge will begin the day after you sign up.
  2. If you join, each day you will write 1,000 words or more.
  3. You can write about whatever you want: a new story, a chapter in your book, or even just 1,000 words of free writing.
  4. At the end of each day, you’ll let us know how many words you wrote that day.
  5. We’ll send you daily emails to encourage you.
  6. We’ll invite you to a Facebook group where you can talk about the writing process and get encouraged by other writers.
  7. At the end of the 7 days, you’ll have written 7,000 words, enough for a few chapters in a book or a short story or two! More importantly, you'll have begun your daily writing habit!

Join the challenge and write 1,000 words a day for your chances to win!

How does it sound? Ready to get started?

SIGN UP FOR THE FREE WRITING CHALLENGE

If you’re ready to kickstart your creative writing, you can sign up for the 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge here. Let’s make 2020 the year you become a writer!

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PRACTICE

Your practice today comes in two parts:

First, sign up for the challenge!

Then, create an intention for how you'll write every day. Where will you write? When will you write? How long will you write? Be specific!

Share your intention in the comments section, and be sure to leave feedback for your fellow writers!

Join the Challenge!

Enrollment for the 7 Day Creative Writing challenge is now open. What are you waiting for? Get writing!

Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).

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590 Comments

  1. Lou Pare-Lobinske

    Is there a charge for this?

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      • Lou Pare-Lobinske

        Cool! Thanks!

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  2. M

    I’m in! I want to write at my brand new desk and do two 15 minute word sprints for about 1300 words a day!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Fantastic! A brand new writing desk sounds like the perfect inspiration for a fresh story.

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      • Trish

        Great idea!

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    • Joe Bunting

      Awesome! Also, YOU WRITE REALLY FAST! 1,000 words takes me about an hour, if I’m trying to write quickly. 2-1,000,000 hours if I’m letting myself take my time. 😉 Impressed!

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    • Debra johnson

      A new writing desk is so cool…. A fresh start with a nice clean uncluttered desk…. would love that.

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    • RegencyWriter

      You’re a sprinter? Lucky you!

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  3. Krista Frahm Ruskin

    Use 2 writing sessions a day to add 7k words to my novel leftover from NaNoWriMo 2017.

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  4. Mary

    What a great way to start the year! I will write 500 words when I drink my morning coffee and 500 more with a glass of wine. I have a story to finish and a blog.

    I’ll write at my desk without peeking at social media. I will set a timer for ten minute intervals until my goal is met.

    Good luck everyone. I’m looking forward to reading your intentions.

    Mary

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    • Melissa Hayden

      Good luck! Peeking at social media is so hard for me! Maybe you have more self control, but I’ve found success using Forest as a timer to help keep me on track. If you use Chrome there is an extension for it.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Great plan! Love the beverage accompaniments!

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  5. Melissa Hayden

    I’m so excited for this! Every day I drop my roommate off at work at 9:00 and then head to my job, but I don’t start until 9:45, leaving me about 30 minutes to kill. I plan on keeping a notepad and pen in the car so I can use this time to write.

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  6. Charity Burton Paschall

    I plan to write from my hotel room (I’m a travel nurse) before work everyday. I’m still deciding which unfinished project I will work on…!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Excellent plan! Can’t wait to hear what you decide!

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  7. Rebecca Faehnle

    I’ve always loved writing but life has gotten in the way, it seems like, at every step of the way. Well this year is going to be different. I’m going to sit up on my loft bed, and crack out 1000 words everyday for a new story idea I have. This is really going to help me out!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Oh, life will ALWAYS get in the way. But it’s so worth fighting for that time to write! You can do it!

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  8. Salma

    The timing is perfect! Just a few days after my final exams are over. This will be a great chance to write some stories for my to-be-created blog.

    I just wish I’ll be able to keep up with the daily target.

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  9. Chris Caselton

    I plan on spending 30 minutes in the morning with my coffee before work writing some and then another 45-60 minutes in the evenings before I had to bed….Im excited to get to work on this book idea I’ve had for a couple years!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome plan, Chris! You can make a ton of progress in that time!

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  10. Nancy Mako

    I plan to write evenings after work; about 6 p.m. or so. The subject will be paying off debt in preparation for retirement. If all goes according to plan, I should have a basic chronicle of relying on God’s faithfulness while learning to live frugally while paying off and staying out of debt through developing good life-long habits rather than strict disciplie.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That sounds like an amazing book, Nancy, and super valuable for your readers! Can’t wait to hear how your writing goes!

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      • Nancy Mako

        Thanks, Alice!

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  11. Sausha

    Then, create an intention for how you’ll write every day. will set a timer and start to wr te everyday knowing that i have to do something gives me motivation to do it. Where will you write? I will write at home that’s where i always write or i might switch it up a bit and go to the coffee shop When will you write? 3 to 5 How long will you write? 3 hours

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  12. Kyla Kreutzer

    I love Mary’s idea of writing with her morning coffee and again with a glass of wine! This challenge is just the push I need. I’ve been wanting to get back into writing, but with two young children (one of which has complex medical needs), I’ve continued to put it off. So my plan is to write at the kitchen table in the morning (the tv may just have to keep the kids occupied for a little while) and again after the kids are in bed!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Life always gets in the way of our goals and plans, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to hear how this challenge helps you get into the writing groove! Our contributor Sue is well-versed in stealing writing time around work and parenting, and you might find some helpful tips here: https://thewritepractice.com/steal-time-to-write/

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  13. Liz Pacini

    I plan to write every morning, first thing after I’m showered and dressed. Not sure what I will write about, but will work on a list of possible subjects between now and then.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome plan, Liz! Where will you write? Thinking through your plan in specific detail is super helpful to ensuring you follow through. And glad to hear you’re brainstorming some possible writing projects—that’s why we’re announcing this a couple weeks ahead, so you can pick what you’d really like to write!

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      • Liz Pacini

        I will be writing in a quiet study, upstairs, at a well-lit comfy desk. No excuses about not having a suitable place to write!

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  14. Kimberly

    This writing challenge is right on time being that I just launched my website yesterday! I will dedicate 30-60 minutes at the beginning of my day for free writing at my desk with my morning brew. I will then dedicate another 30-60 minutes at the end of my day for final touches and edits, which I usually do my from the comfort of my bed. I think that allowing some time in between writing sessions allows you to view your work with fresh eyes. Anyone else agree?

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    • Joe Bunting

      Wow! How exciting. I love the idea of two writing sessions, and I definitely agree that it’s good to break up writing and editing. Great idea!

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  15. Deb Livesay

    I’m already doing Morning Pages, so plan to use this 1000-word challenge to write some long-overdue letters. I’ll use the scraps of time I have at work. If the letters don’t fill my quota, I will revisit some prompts that have worked well for me in the past. Thanks for this! It will be fun!

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    • Joe Bunting

      Awesome, Deb. I did morning pages for several months when I was first getting started writing and had a great time. Morning pages definitely count toward the 1,000 words, btw, but even better if you want to work on something more finished!

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  16. Alice Sudlow

    Great plan, Johanne! So glad you’re taking the challenge!

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  17. Chantay Jennings

    I love challenges. I will write weekdays at 8pm when I stop working on my business and weekends at 10am after my runs. I will review my writing midday on my lunch break during the week.
    I will write for the novel I started a few years ago and work on copy for my business.

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    • Joe Bunting

      That’s great, Chantay! Where will you write? In your office? At a coffee shop? Thinking through “where” is an important part of setting an intention.

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      • Chantay Jennings

        I have a home office that I use for my business, but I feel like I may be distracted there by biz tasks, so thinking of my favorite chair in my bedroom where I read.

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  18. Melissa Crawford

    I’m planning on writing in the evenings. I get up around 4am to get ready for work, so mornings won’t work. But I should be able to write on my lunch break too!!! So that will help with my word count. I’m looking forward to doing this!!! I need the accountability to get back in the habit

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome plan, Melissa! The best thing you can do to make sure you actually follow through and write is to create a clear plan ahead of time, so decide which days you’ll write on your lunch break (all of them? 😀 ) and go for it! Our contributor Sue also has some great tips on stealing time to write that you might find helpful: https://thewritepractice.com/steal-time-to-write/ Can’t wait to hear how this challenge boosts your writing habit!

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  19. Trudy Newell

    Hi all – Like I told Joe when I signed in, I’m not sure I can really do this.

    Nancy, appreciated your comment – Mike and I are two years into retirement and it has been very rough. Maybe I will also write about dealing with finances – and debt – especially once retired. We are retired missionaries – so the crunch is there!

    I’ll begin making my plans. Probably writing in the morning – before and after I take care of the necessaries. I’ll share with Mike, and know he will work with me for this week.

    Looking forward to January 22 – and will keep you posted as I finalize plans.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Love that, Trudy. Writing 1,000 words a day is definitely a challenge, but that’s why we made it a week—7 days is an approachable goal. And remember, even if you don’t hit 1,000 every day, ANY writing is better than no writing at all! Even the simple act of sitting down to write every day for seven days in a row will be transformative.

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      • Trudy Newell

        Thanks Alice for your encouraging words. I’m working on a short bit on a college student right (write?) now. I know this whole thing is going to help me grow in my creative ability. I’m getting excited about it now!

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      • Trudy Newell

        Hi Alice – I do have my plan worked out now. In fact, I’ve started it with a few challenges! I’m almost getting my 1000 words in now. I will be writing early in the morning, and also after lunch. Part of my writing will be morning pages, part will be short pieces, and part will be my novel. Now that I know that I don’t have to turn in a somewhat edited piece, that will help. Though I will edit, it won’t be part of my writing time. In fact, I’ll divide it up.

        If I don’t have my 1000 words done in the morning, I’ll finish it up after lunch. Then, after a short break I’ll work on making it readable.

        Morning pages are just to get my juices going. Then I like to write a short piece – 750 to 1000 words. This is so I can complete a whole piece. I will edit this quite thoroughly and reduce the word count – try to make sure I’m using active verbs, etc.

        The novel, a take off on the ‘Drummer Boy’ is a Christmas story. I have a couple of chapters done on it, and some research. What I’m working on now is a premise that works.

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  20. Beatriz Garcia Carvajal

    I´ll try to write 45-60 minutes in the morning while enjoying a first coffee and some calm. I am unsure about the topic but I have a hidden story… lets see if it wants to show its head LOL

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Excellent plan, Beatriz! The magic of writing is as you sit down and just WRITE, that story might just appear!

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  21. Missy

    I am IN!!!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome, Missy! What’s your intention? When and where will you write?

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  22. Jimi Lynn Coleman

    I’m in, I plan to write outside, possiably inside, but at least 30 min’s to a hour per day; depends on how much I can get done writing.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome, Jimi! What time of day will you write? If you plan it into your day ahead of time, you’ll be sure to follow through!

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  23. Ellie

    I’m going to be writing in my room (as usual) on my laptop, comfortably seated on my bed with a few blankets near my window to look out on the snow. Doing it around noon is the usual habit, so that too! I’ll also be doing it in one sitting, so say, 20 minutes? 30? That’s usually how long it takes me to do around 1000 words.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Great plan, Ellie! A bed, blankets, a window, snow—how delightful! Also, it sounds like you’re a really fast writer. That’s amazing! Can’t wait to hear how this turns into a fun habit for you.

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  24. Emma

    I go to school so I’m probably going to write in the evening, and I’m going to try and finish ( or start ) a 1000 word story competition. On my third draft already, so this should be perfect! I can’t decide on how to write it though ( first second or third person, diary, descriptive, narrative) does anyone have any ways to decide ??

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    • Joe Bunting

      We love contests, Emma. Good luck! Third person is generally easier, but what I love about short stories is that they give you a lot of chances to experiment. Try something new and see what you like most!

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  25. chappytwife

    This came at the perfect time as I was just sitting here thinking I should go do some writing. I will write in the afternoons in my home office and work on my blog, my writing assignments and revising my first book.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Fantastic plan! I like the flexibility between projects. Can’t wait to hear how this jumpstarts a consistent routine!

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  26. Blueberry Shortcake

    I plan to write for 5 minutes and do some free writing. I believe in the power of small goals because they’re easy to achieve. Hence, 5 minutes. And once we’ve started writing, we can only write more.

    Something like that. I just want to focus on inspiring myself to actually write without any unnecessary pressure. I trust myself to write more once the opportunity presents itself… which is why I’ve decided to write for 5 minutes.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That’s fantastic! Definitely start small, and create a milestone you can achieve. That gives you groundwork to build on over time. Who knows how long you’ll spend writing each day in a month, six months, or a year?

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      • Blueberry Shortcake

        Gosh. Your message has inspired me to write more. Thank you for the grounded optimism spread throughout The Write Practice community.

        And this reminds me of that lesson about it all being in our mindsets. So there’s this crucial difference between burdening yourself with a daunting goal like 5000 words a day or writing for 5 hours/day.

        Then, compare this to writing for like 5 minutes.

        But you actually find yourself writing more than that. Because you feel like you’ve accomplished something instead of worrying over big goals.

        This small goal has inspired you to keep moving forward. And with writing, moving forward is the first step to crafting a masterpiece.

        How’s that for optimism?

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        • Alice Sudlow

          I’m so glad to hear that. There are so many voices out there all too eager to tell us why we can’t do things. I think we all could use more voices telling us we can, and why.

          And that’s exactly right about starting small. It feels so approachable, rather than starting a goal where you might not make it straight off the bat. You can always find five minutes to write, even if you can’t find five hours.

          Plus, if you hit a super busy day and you can’t even squeeze six minutes of writing into your schedule, you can celebrate just five minutes as a real success. You minimize the danger of failing once and then getting discouraged, losing momentum, and quitting entirely.

          Once that five minute habit is set in, you can ratchet up your goal to six minutes, or ten minutes, or fifteen minutes. And maybe you’ll actually write more like an hour, or two, or three! (By the way, research shows it takes at least 60 days to really set in a habit, so no need to rush this part!).

          In fact, starting small was our idea behind making this a seven-day challenge. Sure, we can all dream of writing a thousand words every day for a year, but seven days is something manageable you can celebrate soon.

          And of course, no matter how long or how much you write, ANY writing is always better than no writing at all!

          So glad you’re joining us in this community! I can’t wait to hear how this jumpstarts a long and rewarding writing habit!

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          • Blueberry Shortcake

            You’re right. There are people like me who need genuine encouragement from others. Not that we’re dependent on that. But there’s something powerful about connecting with fellow writers.

            That feeling of recognition. Knowing that someone cares about your endeavors and understands them. It gives us this glow in our hearts that transcends in our writing.

            Sometimes I wonder why I don’t even use it that often. This actually sounds like an inverted version of procrastination where instead of prolonging the inevitable you’re actually adding value to your work by actively pursuing it in short bursts of energy.

            Did I just realize a new angle on procrastination?

            Momentum is the key. Once we start writing, everything else comes naturally. This isn’t so far from the experience of meeting other people. You just have to start a conversation and the rest is history.

            So we’ll need 2 months of active writing to form the habit. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to rediscovering myself and, perhaps, the greatness of others in this event.

  27. COUNTRY FOLK

    I’m excited!! SCARED outta my tiny little pea brain – BUTTTTTT – SUPER EXCITED!! Aaghhhhhh – I’m really going to do this….Yikes!!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Fantastic! You can do this!! So glad you’re joining in!

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  28. Michelle Jewell

    This was such a life saver for me. Working on my first novel and I keep doing research and looking up how to’s, and I’ve accomplished little to nothing. I’ve been procrastinating. I have part of the first chapter started, but nervous I’m not good enough. I’m also very undisciplined myself. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I truly needed it. I’m looking forward to being involved with other writers. I’ve never done this before. I am so excited.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Oh, all that research can become such a trap! At some point, we have to stop all those fun things we do to procrastinate and actually WRITE. Don’t worry about writing perfectly. To be honest, the first draft will probably be a bit of a mess—and that’s normal! Just take the time every day to put the words on the page. That is a HUGE accomplishment! Can’t wait to see you writing alongside this community!

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      • Michelle Jewell

        Thank you for the words of encouragement they truly help. I’m excited to share with everyone and can’t wait to start. Yes, the research does get monotones after a while.

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        • Alice Sudlow

          Love that, Michelle! If you haven’t already, be sure to join the Facebook group (you should get a link in your email when you sign up). This community is here to support and encourage you the whole way through!

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          • Michelle Jewell

            I just went and did that I’m waiting to see if I’ve been accepted to join the group. Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. Chris Campbell

    I`m in the process of writing my fifth full length book and already do 1000+ words per day. I usually write for a couple of hours each afternoon so this won`t be a problem for me to complete, I hope! A couple of short stories published in local paper and a magazine but nothing on the book front as yet although I`m working on it. I write at home where my PC is.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That’s fantastic, Chris! It sounds like you’ve got a strong writing habit going already, and this might be a great energizing boost to keep your momentum up. Can’t wait to hear how the book comes along!

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      • Chris Campbell

        Thanks, I try and keep the momentum going and it works most days. if you`d like to read any of my stuff, please let me have your email address and I`ll send them to you

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  30. Kristine Yarwood

    I’m in. I write daily already, but lately the location & time I plan in advance haven’t been working as well, which is affecting my productivity. I do plan to write either a 15th short story as part of an ongoing series or a completely new short story.
    Looking forward to participating alongside others for the week-long journey!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      I get that, Kristine! It’s hard to develop a habit that really works. If your time and location aren’t working, how about brainstorm some new ones? You can use the seven days to test them out and see what works best. And don’t underestimate the power of writing in the margins of life—our contributor Sue is a master at finding time to write in strange places, and you might find some helpful tips here: https://thewritepractice.com/steal-time-to-write/

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  31. Camilla Jeremie

    I’m going to write in the bathroom every morning for 30 min a day. Any word count will do, I really just want to build the good habit.

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    • Joe Bunting

      Awesome! Also why the bathroom!

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  32. Donna McGuinness

    I’m in too! I had a bad year for writing in 2017 and I’m hoping I can get back to being fulfilled again. I also think sprints of writing..whether 5, 10, or 15 min will guarantee more than 1,000 words a day. I would love to see 7,000 words at the end of 7 days! Can’t wait!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      So glad you’re jumping in for a fresh start in 2018, Donna! I love the idea of sprints. In a way, this entire challenge is a writing sprint: how much can you write in just seven days? Can’t wait to hear where this 7,000 words takes you!

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  33. grahamdaponte

    I’m joining – will write 6-7 pm in the kitchen w a glass of rye 🙂

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Fantastic plan! I bet that glass of rye will be an awesome creative boost! 😀

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    • Joe Bunting

      Just make sure you drive your Chevy to the levy first.

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  34. Michael Cooper

    I will write for 30 or more minutes everyday after my daughter goes to bed. It is the only time I have.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Sounds great, Michael! Where will you write? Envisioning your intention super clearly will help you actually follow through. (By the way, our contributor Sue is a master at balancing work, parenting, and writing. She can squeeze a few minutes of writing into the oddest of places! You might find some helpful hints here: https://thewritepractice.com/steal-time-to-write/ )

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  35. June F McGinnis

    Yes! This is exactly what I need. I am not a disciplined person these days. Thus, developing the habit is the way to go. I am still very much a creature of habit.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Fantastic, June! I get it—discipline is SO hard. Start small and create a regular habit you can maintain, so you miss it whenever you DON’T write. By the way, here’s a really awesome resource about how to create and maintain habits: https://thewritepractice.com/daily-routines/ It’s long, but it’s good!

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  36. Kris

    I’m in! I’m going to work for 30 minutes a day from 10pm at a second desk I have that is designated for writing.
    I hope I can learn to create better writing habits this year as I have a difficult time with consistency.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Love the dedicated writing desk, Kris! Starting small and getting community support are really the keys to creating and maintaining a new habit. You can do this!

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  37. Elena

    I’m in! I need to finish my novel…

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome, Elena! A week will bring you 7,000 words closer to the end!

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    • Joe Bunting

      YES. Do it, Elena. This is the year.

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  38. Michael Adams

    I’m in. I plan on writing on my laptop at my desk each night. I am writing a book and would like to write a chapter a night, or 1,000 word (whichever is longer).

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Sounds great, Michael! So glad you’re joining us!

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  39. Yaye Kay

    I’m in. I plan to write for 15 minutes a day, every day. I want to polish my writing. It’s a good way to channel my thoughts.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome plan, Yaye! Where will you write? The more specific you can be with your intention, the easier it will be to follow through.

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  40. Mormon2000

    What if I fail to reach the 1,000 word limit?

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Don’t quit the challenge! And don’t try to make up the extra words the next day. Just keep going—every new day is a fresh start at 1,000 words. And remember, ANY writing is better than no writing at all!

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      • Mormon2000

        … Then why 1,000 words?

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        • Alice Sudlow

          If you DO write 1,000 words a day, at the end of a week you’ll have 7,000 words, enough for a few chapters or a short story or two. That’s a fantastic writing habit and rate of progress for completing other major writing projects (like writing a book!).

          And if you don’t make it all the way to 1,000, you’ll have 4,000 or 5,000 or 6,000 words at the end of a week, and a regular routine of writing every day. Still a great start and a major win!

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          • Mormon2000

            Okay, thanks.

  41. Tim Bergstresser

    I’m in. I was part of the 100 Challenge last summer and was able to write almost everyday. But with learning how to re-write and edit the book daily writing has fallen to the wayside.
    I will write each morning in my office and at lunch at the local restaurant.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      It’s so easy to let a habit slip away, isn’t it? So glad you’re jumping back in! I hope this is a great kickstart to a renewed writing habit.

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  42. Lynnette Adair

    Perfect!

    I’ve taken a side journey for the past seven months that all began with a little challenge. I’ve lost 45 pounds, 43 inches, 4 sizes, 15 prescriptions AND a diabetes diagnosis!

    That little challenge taught me that with little steps, there is nothing that can’t be done. After my first traditionally published novel, I somehow forgot that lesson.

    I’ll be writing each morning from my quiet, cheerful office that is filled with inspiring beach colors and a white rug so squishy that the chill will never find my hibernating toes.

    Here’s to novel number two and one challenge at a time.

    Best to all!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That’s AMAZING, Lynnette!! Congratulations on achieving some fantastic goals in the past seven months! I’m excited to hear how the lessons you’ve just learned and applied invigorate you as you kick off a renewed writing habit!

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      • Lynnette Adair

        Thanks so much, Alice. I’m looking forward to the days ahead where the only physical impact I’m making is a result of my fingers on a keyboard.

        Clearly I forgot how old I was when I joined the boot camp gym. Ha!

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  43. Billie Kelpin

    How nice to have set this up for us! It takes organization and programming, and I appreciate having the arbitrary “deadline” this challenge imposes. (It’s the only way I get things done.) Intention: I’d like to either write a new chapter a day to my novel or fix a chapter a day. But wait, that might be too amorphous for me. I better go with the 1000 words a day, probably written in the afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 or else in the middle of the night (same hours!) LOL.
    Cheers to everyone! (sound of a clinking glass of ice water)

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    • Alice Sudlow

      I’m so glad you’re joining us, Billie! Ha, don’t worry about creating your own rules and goals for the seven-day challenge—like you say, that’s what we’re here for! Where will you write every afternoon? The more specific you can be with your intention, the easier it will be to follow through. (Also, if you find yourself needing to sneak in extra writing time during the day, check out our contributor Sue’s clever tips: https://thewritepractice.com/steal-time-to-write/ )

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  44. CLM

    I’m in! I intend to write in my new writers nook. I am going to get up early so I won’t be interrupted and try to get in at least 30-45 minutes. I should be able to produce 1,000-1,500 words per day.

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    • Joe Bunting

      New writer’s nook? That sounds amazing. I love it, CLM. Good luck!

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  45. Carlos Montague

    This will be a great exercise for me, as sometimes, my focus tends to drift. I intend to write 1000+ words per day during the exercise period. I have an office in the lower level of my home, which has little distraction, except my music. I must have my music. I will begin writing at 5pm and continue to 7pm (dinner time), so that’s two hours. I’m really looking forward to this experience.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That’s a great plan, Carlos! I like that specific end time—7 pm, stopping for dinner. That’ll help you stay focused on cranking out your 1,000 words in the two hours you have!

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  46. Denise Berry

    I am so excited about this. 2018 has bought a new car, new condo, new boss..new smartphone…an upcoming trip to W. Africa..it’s ALL good…well most of it! The usual life challenges are still present…but writing every day positively alters one’s total overall perspective. I intend to write walking by the Chattahoochee River and other “forest-bathing” venues! (Don’t we just love our new technology/voice dictation!)

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Wow, Denise! It sounds like you’ve got an amazing year ahead! I’m glad you’re taking on this challenge—you’ll have to fight for your writing time all year, and it’ll be wonderful to kick this year off walking along the river and writing. What time every day will you write? The more specific you can make your intention, the easier it will be to follow through.

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      • Denise Berry

        Either right when I wake up (when I am still full of ideas from dreams) or during evening train commute

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  47. Sonia

    Time will be my main challenge here as I work full-time and have 3 children that I have to get organised morning and night. I will be utilising the small spaces of time I have to write. First thing in the morning for half an hour while I drink my morning coffee and once the children are sleeping at night. I write on my phone as I can take it around the house with me but most of my writing is done in bed.

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      • Sonia

        Great I’ll have a look. Thanks!

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  48. Lynne W

    My writing has stalled for 12 months. I need a kick-start!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Join us, Lynne! Can’t wait to hear what you write in a week!

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  49. Barbara Walker

    I’m in and excited! This is just what I need to write a children’s (4th or 5th grade) book. How many chapters, words and pages is usually in a children’s book?

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    • Joe Bunting

      Middle grade is usually quite short. Here’s a great guide: thewritepractice.com/word-count

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  50. Dawn Van Beck

    Grateful for a challenge to kick-start a new writing “habit”…you’re right…”discipline” is not nearly as nice of a word! I’ve been dead in the water trying to work on the second draft of my debut romance novel, so I intend to plug away at this early each morning, although if inspiration hits for some short stories, I’ll run with that too!

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    • Joe Bunting

      Editing is hard, Dawn. I’ve been editing my latest book for the last year and every day is hard. Good but hard. Have you read Story Grid, btw? That has been really helping me.

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      • Dawn Van Beck

        Have not read Story Grid, but have heard you talk about it. I need to check it out!

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  51. TeddyBearGirl 5678

    Hey! I’m so excited for this! I’m moving to Saudi Arabia (halfway across the world from where I stay) and I want to write a fiction short story based upon my experiences there. I’ll write in the local cafe, write for at least an hour at around lunch time.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      So exciting—the writing and the move! What a great way to document your experiences!

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  52. Kariwrites21

    This sounds great. I stalled out a while ago while rewriting and I need something to force me to go back and continue. I constantly “write” in my head. Just never get around to opening that document on my laptop anymore.

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    • Darrell Nefzger

      I’m in the same place, Kariwrites21. If everything I’ve “written” in my head actually got onto my computer, I’d have lots of things to send to publishers! (Changed username to PNEF)

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      • Kariwrites21

        Isn’t that crazy?!!! A writer friend told me that this could mean I was afraid of success. At the time, I thought she was crazy. Now I’m wondering if that’s what it is–because I have all these ideas, I edit/revise in my head, yet I seem to be fighting making time to actually sit down and write!

        I am going to use the next two weeks to read over what was already written and make a plan where I want to go from there (what I want to change, add, etc.)

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        • Patti Nefzger

          That kind of makes sense. If we never finish, we can’t be rejected, right?
          I like your idea of looking over what you’ve already written in prep for the challenge. I want to have multiple ideas on what to write ready & waiting.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      I totally understand that! This challenge might be just what you need to finally get those words on paper. Don’t let them disappear!

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  53. CloudLeo

    I’m in. I used to write in a start stop fashion until April of last year when I started working again, but now I am determined to write a fantasy YA novel (at least the first draft) this year and hopefully have it ready for publishing and have a few queries out to get it published by the time that I’ve been at this job for 2 years. I normally just pants all of my stories, but this time I’m going for a plan.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      That’s a FANTASTIC plan! This is the perfect way to get started writing a book. This is the year—write it!

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  54. Doulos Hupsistos

    Ok 😀 let’s do this. I will write 1 hour a day. Either early morning at 7AM, or in the evning around 7PM.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Perfect, Doulos! Where will you write each day? The more specific you make your intention, the easier it will be to follow through!

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      • H. H. Lisberg

        I will write on the computer at my home “office” desk. 😉

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  55. Essy S Dean

    I’m in. I’ve been a bit stalled over the last couple days. A leftover from the holidays and being in the middle of the grad school application process I believe. But I’m applying for fiction MFA programs, so it feeling pretty connected. I’m starting the process of getting back into my current novel right now by reading through the last chapter I’ve written while drinking a hot chocolate

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome, Essy! Whew, that application process is tough. Sounds like a writing challenge is just what you need to jumpstart your writing again. So glad you’re joining in, and best of luck in your applications!

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  56. CloudLeo

    I am intending to pick up my writing habit of a couple of years ago, but in a more balanced fashion. I used to write sporadically (except for NaNoWriMo) throughout the year, but this year I have a plan…I want to write a YA fantasy novel and have the first draft finished by the end of April. I want to actually plan out this novel instead of “pantser” it like I have all of the first drafts I have laying all over the place. I am hoping to at least have a rough out line and several plot points figured out by the end of the month (and also a good start on characters). I actually intend to use this challenge as a time to really focus on my characters and get to know them on a more personal level…I try to write about a 1,500+ word history on all of my major characters and a 600+ word history on all of the other characters in my stories, just so they seem more real to me.

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    • Paula Lee

      That’s an excellent plan. I am a panther by nature, but have been thinking I need at least an outline to actually end up with a completed story.

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    • bernadette

      Ha! Another person who resurrected the terrible name of the Monster NANOWRIMO!!! As soon as I read Joe’s offer to start this group, those Dark and Stormy November Clouds began to build over my head, as memories of NANO takes over my life… .
      I like your idea to use the time to plan out your novel in a Sane Manner; wishing you good luck !

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  57. Karina Rubalcava

    I want to write for at least an hour a day after studying, maybe around 9 pm. I love to write before going to bed, and I have a nice comfy couch where I can sit and write.

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    • Alice Sudlow

      So great, Karina! I hope this challenge gives you the boost you need to do just that!

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  58. Patti Nefzger

    I’m in. I plan to write from 8-9 each morning, at my computer desk in the living room. Probably with headphones and music, to drown out the television!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      Awesome plan, Patty! So glad you’re taking the challenge!

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  59. Alexia

    I’m in! I’m going to write at my desk between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning after I wake up at my desk, and if I don’t finish by then I’ll write after I’ve gotten ready for bed at night before lying down. I’ll probably write with music as well. I’d end up writing backstories for my characters, and, (hoping for no judgement from anyone), work on a few fics I’m working on for wattpad.

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    • Safa

      No judging! Of course! What’s your username on Wattpad?

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  60. Nik

    I’m In!! I plan to write daily in my home office/writers room when I get home from work at 1:30 until I need to start dinner at 3:30!! That gives me two hours a day for writing which seems like an amount that I would be able to easily keep up with until I finish (someday) I’ll be working on a story I’ve been wanting to write for awhile now!!!

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    • Alice Sudlow

      So great, Nik! You can make a ton of progress in that time!

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  61. Susmita

    I’m in! I’m an instructional designer and I’m mostly required to articulate and write technical content. I hope this exercise will help me to take up different topics and write free flowing content as a daily practice. I’m looking forward to learning from all of you. Thank you!

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  62. Xinyi Zeng

    what am i going to do when i done

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  63. 2deuces

    Every day I plan to write at my desk for one hour – or as long as it takes to hit the 1kWords mark. If I don’t get to 1,000 words by 6pm, I’ll allow myself an overflow time after 9pm. Instead of writing a book, I want to do the “pre-writing” for a mystery series. That would include the Description and background of the Main Character plus major supporting character and the setting. Ntex, I’ll write an overall plot description and start on the major scenes.

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    • bernadette

      Thank you for sharing; I was noodling dangerously about what to write, wandering down too many dewy garden paths. Your paragraph supplied some focused, concrete Goals: Description and Background of the Main Character; Settings, Supporting Characters; Dialog.

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      • 2deuces

        You are very welcome. My main problem is simply learning to sit down and write on command and I hope this exercise helps me do that. But, I also wanted to have something I could use. It’s too early to write a scene but writing down some ideas on characters, settings, and plot ideas seemed good.

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        • bernadette

          : ) here’s good energy to us all!

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  64. Safa

    I’m in but I’m not really sure what on Earth I’m actually going to end up writing. I have no idea! No inspirational at all. (I’ve been meaning to do some sort of writing any sort for a while now but my brain is like empty. . . Nothing! What will we need to post our writing on? Like what site or email? Is this it? If anyone has any ideas of what I could probably write please, please let me know!

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    • Paula Lee

      I’m not sure what to write about either Safa. I’m leaning, however, towards short stories, but have no outline in mind. I’m just going to sit down and write and see what happens. I journal on my own, and want to write apart from journaling. I may look for some sort of story writing prompts or go back through some writing I started years ago.

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  65. Elizabeth

    I’m in!

    I will write for about a half hour (that’s enough for 1K words) each evening before bed (although some evenings will be before supper) at my dining room table, while enjoying a cup of Cream Earl Grey tea. I will be continuing to write the first draft of my novel (paranormal fiction), which sits at 36K words as I type this – that will expand by the challenge’s start date.

    Confession: I’m cheating – slightly. I resumed (after an 8 month hiatus) my daily writing habit 2 days ago. This challenge will keep my nose to the proverbial grindstone long enough to form a true habit and see me closer to having my novel complete in 2018!

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    • 2deuces

      That is not cheating. That is taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

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    • Paula Lee

      I’m going to join you and start writing also, I’m only committed to 500 words per day. I’m sure I can do that much.

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  66. Sofia

    I’m in

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  67. Zozoka

    I am going to sit on my desk and write each evening after the kids are asleep until I have 1000 fresh words each day in my manuscript, a crime novel I have been working on for too long! My intention is to finish my first novel by the end of the year.

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  68. Renette Steele

    I really like this kind of a challenge the hard part is writing with no theme or challenge but i am sure my pen will come up with something to write about.

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    • bernadette

      Hi Renette! I’m in for the Challenge too, and I relate to what you say. I’m looking forward to the daily emails, hoping they will inspire the way NoNoWriMo online WriteIn’s Inspire me… .

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  69. theresa gould

    I am in. Maybe this time I WILL start writing. I have procrastinated long enough. I may write at work. I am a receptionist and have a lot of down time.

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  70. Sun

    I too am in, plan to write 1 hour each day before sleeping, without fail. Fell of the writing wagon a while ago, want to be back.

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  71. Kelly Hansen

    Count me in! I’m making some huge life changes this month–renting a new place in a new town with a new living arrangement.
    My intention is to increase my “for pay” writing to a level that allows me to fully support myself with writing, so that my tutoring can be a side job. In addition, I want to continue to work on my creative writing craft–develop my short short story into a long short story and, maybe, even a novel.
    I’m committing to writing every day.

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  72. Trish

    Writing was my salvation until I became ill with pneumonia and severe anemia in November. Now that I’m feeling somewhat stronger, I want to recapture the same drive I had before I got sick. So, count me in!

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  73. Jeffrey Wong

    I’m in! Going to use some of the 14 Prompts and get warmed up for the Write a Book in 100 Days Challenge later on. Let’s do this!

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  74. Scott Biddulph

    Hey Joe, as an editor, I’ve become rusty. I’m in old friend. Happy New Year. 😉

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  75. Paula Lee

    Second try! I’m definitely in. It is encouraging and empowering to think of other writers sitting down to pound or pull out words to share later. I’m appreciative of what I consider to be the gift of writing, and also aware that I must hone that gift. This will give me the focus I need to sit down and write. I commit to 500 words a day, Monday through Friday. I will write!

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  76. Maciej Pradziad

    I’m not exactly sure how much I will write. All I know is I have school to worry about, but I plan to spend at least an hour or two a day. I will write at my trusty desk and type away while I can. I have a couple ideas for a story and I plan to finally get the words out on a page. I’m excited to participate in this challenge, however, I’m worried about school. It doesn’t mean I won’t give this a try though! My dream is to write and I will always try to challenge myself!

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  77. Marjorie Mitchell

    I commit to 1000 per day for 7 days by going in to work early and writing for about an hour before everyone else arrive. On the weekend, when I don’t work, I will write 1000 before I do anything else except have coffee.

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    • bernadette

      I So relate to how you are committing: that blessed hour of Peace and Quiet before anyone else arrives at work, when all is hushed; is it like that? And I Love how it will go on the weekend: that you will write before you will do Anything else, except for having Coffee, lol. I so relate to That!! Let’s be Sensible, after all, People. Have a great week, January 22!

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  78. Ashley Hampton

    I’ll write every evening before bed or when I first get up, or sometimes at both times to meet my writing goal of 1000 words. At each session I’ll write for at least 30 to 45 minutes. And I’ll work on WIP about a young girl who meets a tiny Indian girl known as a moon person, who is only a couple inches tall. Or I will work on my novel about a young witch who has given birth to a daughter who is half Vampire.

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    • Irene Joseph

      Good luck Ashley – you are very focused on how to use your writing time – thats a great start :0)

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  79. Anshika Bhatt

    I will write 1000 words every evening and I’ll try to complete a book and all short stories of mine if this become a habit . There’s no predecided time but I’ll try to write in focus for about an hour or more .

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  80. Prince Ydnar Velonza

    I’m in too. I want to write because I want to be a better writer. And also, I will give my work as a gift to my friend to his birthday or Christmas.

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    • Irene Joseph

      That’s such a lovely idea! Good Luck with the challenge :0)

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    • Elizabeth

      keep your goal in mind and you will succeed!

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    • Farzeen

      Best of Luck. You can do it 🙂

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  81. Erin Smrekar-Plier

    Usually when I Need to write, I’m in no position to do it; like driving, taking a shower, etc.. Most creative endeavors seem like that. I’m in a situation where writing is a challenge in & of itself for a few reasons, some may be unconventional. I really think writing is what I’m supposed to do for a living though, so I’m really glad you’re doing this “7 Day Writing Challenge”. Who knows where it will lead! 🙂

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    • 2deuces

      I’ve tried to use my phone to record parts of a rough draft while I exercise at home. It wasn’t very successful, but could capture some ideas or snippets of dialog. (I know there are waterproof notebooks, but writing in the shower is insane.)

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      • Sherrie

        So true. Writing in the shower just won’t work, but hot showers work well for creative thinking or conjuring. Then your idea of keeping your phone close for notes could be implemented. If the phone has the technology, you can speak your thoughts into the notes section like writing in a journal. Just my thoughts. — Sherrie

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        • 2deuces

          Good thought. One outcome of committing ourselves to writing 1,000 words a day is learning we can write where we are when we find the time – waiting at the doctor’s office, standing in line, etc. I have also become more aware of time spent on Wikipedia or even IMDB.

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    • RegencyWriter

      Have you tried a voice operated recorder? They sleep until you start talking, then activate themself. I use one when it isn’t convenient to sit down and write – like driving someplace, or out walking or fishing. I’ve even used it while soaking in the tub, and I use it when I wake up with a brilliant story idea (because even I cannot decipher my handwriting if the stuff is written before I’ve had my first triple expresso of the day!)

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      • Kathie Berry

        What a great idea. I have one and lying in bed at night unable to sleep, I could be closing my eyes and recording the next chapter.

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        • Elizabeth

          Eureka! Looking forward to your writing.

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      • Elizabeth

        Wow~ I like your suggestion. LOL

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      • Karen Lauerman Beidelman

        Love this idea! Do you have one that you know works well?

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        • RegencyWriter

          Hi Karen! I use a Philips DVT2710 Voice Recorder – Digital Voice Tracer for Notes. It works with Windows -not MAC. Back at your desk, you connect the device to your PC, transfer your audio file/s and the software included with the device (a CD you install on your PC) automatically turns your speech into text. It has 8GB of built in memory (about 88 days of recording), and can take a MicroSD memory card for additional storage if needed (I never have needed this).

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    • COUNTRY FOLK

      I couldn’t have said it better myself!!

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      • Elizabeth

        Good luck!

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    • Evelyn Sinclair

      Hi Erin, I empathise with your “blocks/distractions” and I too need the discipline of this challenge. Shall we both make it our new “priority?”

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      • Linda Michel White

        I too need the discipline of this challenge… I am a recovering alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in over 27 years… In that time I have studied Personal Development… I do believe I’ve come this far in my journey because I’m destined to share my experience, strength & hope with those struggling to conquer their addictions… I’m 78 years old, retired & this will help me to take on something constructive, my way of giving back for what I’ve received… Let’s get it on!

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        • Elizabeth

          the two quotes above: triumph is in the first syllable – try
          and
          If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.
          Helps me.
          Hope these quotes helps others as well.

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      • Elizabeth

        If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

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    • Elizabeth

      triumph is in the first syllable – try

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    • Heather Tasker

      Stephen King says something along the lines of “if you make a routine and show up every day at the same time, the muse will know where to find you and start showing up too”.

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  82. Cj Jagust

    I’m retired…having said that, since I retired from a 30 year job as a reporter for a small neighborhood newspaper, I have been giving up my writing time to other pursuits, such as moving to another state and setting up a new home. I’m ready to be ‘required’ to spend more time as a writer again. I intend to rewrite some poems I have done and publish something in the next year as well as fiction writing, which is something I always wanted to do.

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    • Irene Joseph

      Wow it’s a new beginning for you then CJ! Good Luck :0)

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    • Sherrie

      Congratulations on getting through the task of moving. Also for deciding to kick-start your writing again. Looking forward to reading your work in the challenge. — Sherrie

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    • COUNTRY FOLK

      I SOOOOO hear ya! Good luck!

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    • Jackie Houchin

      I’ve been a newspaper journalist as well, now retired. I long to write good fiction, but it seems non-fiction is what I do easiest and best. This seven day challenge I will attempt the fiction side of my brain!

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      • Elizabeth

        Jackie all the best with the fiction side~

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    • Elizabeth

      Cj Jagust. look forward to reading some of your work!

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  83. Lacy Pierce

    I’m looking to deepen my mark in the writing world and I think that this free 7-day challenge is a wonderful opportunity to get some practice in. The kids just started school again from their holiday break on Thursday so I have YMCA Before and and After care (we call it Y-club or Y-care, I personally prefer the former) from 7am-8:15am and from 3:15-6pm Monday-Friday. I also try to submit a personal quota of 3 short SEO articles for Textbroker clients (that’s my second income so I can’t put that on hold). So I’ll just do your short stories between both Y-club and TB articles. It should be pretty easy on the weekend since I don’t have Y-club then. I am very much looking forward to this! 🙂

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  84. bernadette

    Sigh, I’m in too. I’d have to clean off my nice desk with the good view First to be able to write there, so I’ll probably end up writing curled up on the sofa, writing in a notebook. And there’s always the coffee shop, though I always take too long deciding what to wear to fit in there. And then, by time I decide what to order… the whole seven days will be over. Such a short period of time, seven days; shall I indulge in stream of conscious speed writing 1,000 words, just keep the pen moving, recording random thoughts and reconnoiter at the end to see what I have, or start each day with a goal, i.e. to describe a Character. In NaNoWriMo, Moderators held 5?minute sprints, and we could write @300 words at a clip, if I recall. Maybe I’ll time myself before January 22 and get a realistic idea.

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    • Irene Joseph

      I enjoyed reading your contribution Bernadette – sounds like you’ve already made a start with this piece – it reads like Day One of a Writer’s journal and their personal journey! I think you could do 500 stream of consciousness (warm up and could lead to inspiration for a piece) then another 500 on your WIP. I’m kind of doing this myself. Good luck! PS: Plan your outfits for the coffee shop well in advance and that way you will have more time devoted to writing lol! :0)

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      • bernadette

        Ha! That’s Great, I plan my clothes for everything else, Irene! I Just Saw that as Procrastination! Thx for you r feedback! Good luck to you on your wip, too!

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  85. Paula

    I’m in. I’m not sure about the time or what I plan to write about yet, but I need to start. Currently, I have a lot on my plate, but I know my time just fills up anyway, so why not do something I want!

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  86. Krissy

    I’m excited to join! After several years of letting life get in the way, I’m finally determined to push through and make writing a habit. I have so many ideas and can’t wait to write about them. Looking forward to your help and feedback! I plan to write each day either in my bedroom on a cozy chair or in my little study, also on a cozy chair. I will write from 3:30pm-4:30pm or from 7:00pm-8:00pm. I’m gonna make it happen!! 🙂

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    • Irene Joseph

      Good luck Krissy – I love your sheer determination and enthusiasm! I think your writing habit will be a success – you know your goals and exactly where you are going :0)

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  87. Siska

    I’m in. I will try to write for an hour around 10 a.m. in my room. I don’t know how many words I’ll get since i’m slow, but hope this will push me forward.

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    • Elizabeth

      Sounds like you are very new at this Siska. Just start and watch how words flow. Don’t worry that deters the effort to write. Just do it! All the best.

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      • Siska

        Yes, I am a newbie. Thank you for the kind words

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    • Heather Tasker

      I’m still a bit slow too. (Mostly because I stop and edit all the time, don’t do that!) Just keep with it.

      What will you be working on?

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      • Siska

        I’ll try the seven ideas from another post. How about you?

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        • Heather Tasker

          A friend and I have been swapping prompts the last few days and I’ve enjoyed that. I also have a short story due in a few days for another challenge so I might do some freewriting or whatever it takes to get that written.

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          • Siska

            That is a good idea. It’s nice to have a supportive friend. Good luck to you.

    • Marsha McCroden

      Siska, my dad wrote every day whether he felt like it or not. I’ve never been able to discipline myself that much; but when I have something to get done asap, I can write. Years ago my Sherlock Holmes group started 221Cs (Holmes lived at 221B Baker Street, but since he had only one apartment, what about all the other residents?) It was announced that I would be writing and presenting the second story — which meant I had a month to think of an idea, research and write it all. And I did! A story that tied Holmes and Jack the Ripper in diary format (DAYBOOK). It was a success with the group.

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      • Siska

        Good for you. For me, I think it’s a matter of developing writing skills more than discipline.

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  88. Natalie Swift

    I’m in… 🙂
    I’ll write minimum 1000 words for about 45 minutes every day!

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  89. Tori

    I want to enter, but must I write in English or must I write by hand?

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    • Elena

      I am not writing in English either. And by computer it’s easier to count the words.

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  90. Amy Padgett

    I gave myself a 100 word/day goal for January to get back into the swing of things. Guess I’ll have to get swinging a little faster to hit 10x that. LOL

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      You can do it, Amy. I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge.

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      • Elizabeth

        So can you Suzanne

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    • Winifred Thomason

      Amy, I’m right there with you. I will if you will, LOL.

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      • Amy Padgett

        I’ve had a few 600+ word days and one over 1000 already. I don’t know exactly what I’ll be writing next week, but I’m feeling pretty well warmed up. 😀

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        • Karen Lauerman Beidelman

          Make a quick list of ideas that you can add to as you think of them. If that doesn’t work, just google or search pinterest for writing prompts.

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      • Elizabeth

        LOL

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    • Elizabeth

      don’t think about the number of words, just do it and the words will flow.

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  91. Harriet

    I’m in. I will try to write for an hour every day in my home office. I am a very slow writer or perhaps more accurately I write slowly and then I edit and pick away at the words for ages. If I write 7,000 words in a week I will be over the moon.

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      Sounds like me! I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge, Harriet.

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  92. humayoon

    Thanks!

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge, Humayoon.

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  93. Mukta Dhiman

    I’m in! Let’s see how this challenge helps me to increase my writing speed as I’m a slow writer. I used to write 2000 or more words in a day earlier, but now I lost my pace of writing. I wish this challenge help me to reach there where I wanted to be for my writing pace.

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      I’m a slow writer too, Mukta. I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge.

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  94. Penchie Limbo

    I’ve started writing poetry every day since 2nd week of December in the.hopes that I can gather enough poems to compile for a poetry collection and publish it. Besides poetry, I write articles too of just about anything. A friend of mine whom I’ve been sharing my poetry with noticed that my poems are getting better, having more form and emotion. This just proves that by writing every day, I not only developed the habit of writing but also honing my skill. For this challenge, I’d like to include an article a day with my daily poetry, and I think I’d like to begin today with just short ones, 200 to 500 lines maybe for a start and see how it goes.

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      Congratulations on your writing practice, Penchie. I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge.

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      • Penchie Limbo

        Thank you Suzanne. Excited to do this challenge with you too!

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  95. Wilfred Muema

    I just comcluded High school, and with that I have a lot of time in my hands at the moment. I can write as much as possible given 24hrs. So the 7 day challenge for me does not seem like a challenge at all. But I guess I will write ti tge best of my ability

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    • Suzanne Beveridge

      I’m looking forward to our time together in the challenge, Wilfred.

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  96. Suzanne Beveridge

    Thank you Joe for this challenge. I intend to consolidate my daily writing practice for 2018. To achieve it, I’ll write in the early mornings, at my desk, until I’ve written 1,000 words.

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  97. Carole Worthy

    I’ve been writing about my sister and me: she died of cancer in 2007, and I want to record the healing process that occurred in our relationship during her last two years of life. I started writing around two years after her death, and still have a long way to go, but other activities have taken the front bench. I want to establish the habit of daily writing, as I know this is the only way I’ll finish it.

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  98. Dorian Grubisic

    English is my second language, but I feel as if it’s my main. I love to write, and have already written several stories for my enjoyment, but never actually finished them. I always come 5-10 chapters in, pantsing it (No real outline) until I write my self into the wall, and can’t continue. This writing challenge has come in just the right time, as I aspire to write more and more each day. I know it’s a little unorthodox to write outside of your main language, but something deep inside of me is telling me that I should pursue it. My goal is to write a novel. I have started to write and read recently – maybe six months time, when a major shift happened in my consciousness. Ever since I have read and as previously mentioned wrote a lot. With each and every story or project I further develop my skills as a writer. So, yeah. I think this challenge is something that I need to be a part of. Also, what do you think of me writing in English as me not being a native speaker? It strikes me as odd not seeing a lot of non english writers writing on any language other than their own, or maybe I have missed a few. Anyway, I am looking forward to this challenge, and will try to stay consistent and persevere. Looking forward to it!

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  99. Shamita Harsh

    Being a journalist can be taxing, I had phases when I left writing for months and wouldn’t even read a single page. This year is going to be different. I have begun writing smaller stories, isolates episodes in the metro, with events inspired from my commute, I have begun penning down more and more emotions, just to let them out and not bottle them up. This is going to be a journey of words, exploring more and more every day, writing as much as I can

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    • Irene Joseph

      You are a great inspiration to us all :0) Good Luck!

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  100. Ana Mae Maymay Dusaran

    Awesome!Actually, I did write already a few pages of my story last year and not able to finish it. So I guess through this, I may able to finish it then. Thanks for creating this challenge…

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  101. Yoha Risna

    I do hope i have writing habit this year..

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  102. Vasilees Sybissyl

    Hey! I’m actually a school going girl with final exams on her head, so I really hope this course will help me incorporate writing into my daily routine so that I don’t have to sit and stare at my notebook for two hours straight to get some inspiration to complete my novalla! I hope to complete seven chapters of my novella and continue the habit till all 28 are done! Thanks Joe sir for this awesome challenge!!

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  103. Naomi Smith

    I am going to try to write every evening after work. Previously I’ve used the excuse I’m too tired to think anymore and usually only managed to get to it on Sunday afternoons. I want to get in the habit of writing more often.

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  104. Tzee Lizzee

    I aim to write for two hours between 7pm and 9pm UK time. I have kept a diary for many years and know about the habit of writing up my end of day journal and it only takes me 10 minutes or so, but I am struggling to put my creative writing first, as other “distractions” seem to take precedent! Oh, I’ll do my writing when Ive done this, or after I’ve finished that … only to find I have used up my creative me time on sundries. So, Joe, having to be accountable now I am hoping to kick-start my creative writing, I have the idea, the basic outline, I just need to sit and write! Looking forward to a new journey with everyone.

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    • Irene Joseph

      Hi Tzee, I had the same problem – get up in the morning with the intention of writing, but i would end up washing the dishes from the night before, dealing with the cats, doing a spot of hoovering etc etc and before I knew it, my writing hour had gone and it was time to shower and get myself ready for work. Then its the same coming home from work. By the time I sat down to write in the evening I was too tired (a very poor excuse I know). But as writers, we have no choice but to make it work. Good luck!! :0)

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      • Tzee Lizzee

        Hi Irene, I’m glad I’m not he only one – lets hope this 7 day challenge will get us both back on track to do what we love, writing, instead of always putting chores as our priority! 🙂

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        • Irene Joseph

          I know its sad when all we think of is chores!! :o)

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  105. Purnima

    I’m new to writing and I’m not really sure when and how I will be writing but I’m sure of one thing- I will be writing every day! At least 1000 words- maybe about my childhood which I think about a lot these days. I will take time out around afternoon which , now that I think of it , is my favourite part of the day. I will feel very inspired by my husband who would have finished running his first full marathon on the 21st of this month (Mumbai marathon). Maybe I’ll even write about how he overcame a lot of odds to run this marathon. Thank you Joe for this!

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  106. Irene Joseph

    I am looking forward to this challenge – I think it will be the kick up the backside i need to get on with my WIP! I intend to get up an hour earlier each morning to write 500 words whilst it is quiet and at my desk in the corner of the living room and on my laptop. I may even hit the 1000 during this session. And I am also committing myself to writing 500 words each night before I go to sleep – say 30-60mins of free-flow or further development on my WIP or something for a short story competition. This will go into my Writing Journal notebook and will also help me plan for the next morning. Good luck everyone and have fun writing!!

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    • bernadette

      Sounds like we’re on the same trajectory, we know What we are doing and how to do it, just need the Habit. Discipline without the guilt trip.

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  107. Lynnette

    Hello my name is Lynnette I am 12 years old I have been wriggting since forever. My first real story was thirteen chapters long. Ok so lets get right on with the point. Everyday i will wright a thousand word chapter. I will wringgt on my bed or deck. I will right after school and home work is complete. I will wright until my thousand words are done. This is my finishing intention.

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    • Lynnette

      Sorry for bad spelling

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    • RegencyWriter

      Hi Lynnette! The former teacher in me cannot resist… Make sure you finish your homework first!

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  108. shanaz hosany

    Hi! I am an A Level school girl which is struggling with all the revision (this is my distraction/preoccupation). I intend on writing daily as it is therapeutic to me and it also helps me concentration. However, I rarely find time but I am hoping that this will change. I am unsure of what I am going to write about but I have had a published poem. I have also attempted on writing a novella but this did not follow through despite many people reading what had been started on wattpad. If anybody is reading this, I would like to know what gives people inspiration to write?

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    • RegencyWriter

      Hi Shanaz. My inspiration can come from a character who takes shape in my head – this is the case for the story I am currently working on. Once I’d lived with him for a while, I got to know his deepest, darkest secrets and how they informed every choice, decision and action he took, and from that, I had the guts of his story and the flaw he had to overcome. But I have another story that I was offered the chance to publish with Pan MacMillan back in the early 1990s – a political thriller – and it started from me thinking one day ‘what if I took this (real) event, and mashed it up with THIS (real) event? Other writers I know get inspiration from overheard arguments in coffee shops or on their commute home; and some get it from old fairy tales and rewrite/recast them in modern day scenarios. Inspiration is all around us. We just have to keep our eyes open, are ears pricked, and our writerly spidey senses alert!

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  109. Sherrie

    Good Morning Fellow Writers — I will be writing early in the morning , typically when it is still dark and cold outside. I hope to build a story around an experience I had at the emergency room to create a short story. — Sherrie

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    • Megan Hurley

      Hi Sherrie, I’m intrigued right away just by the way you shared your idea! I do hope you are ok from your ER situation.

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  110. Dette

    Looks like a great group to write with!

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  111. Aretha

    I’m in! Looking forward to getting started.

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  112. Debra johnson

    I’m in, and am going to be working on editing my nano short story. It is a biography of a man who after 30 years of being homeless is now living in a home has a job and is getting married in June. A 1000 words wont be anything…. Its just settling down to start.. Then its hard for me to stop.

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  113. Zoe Ramey

    I usually write while sitting on my bed. I prefer to write at night when it’s dark, and normally it takes me an hour or two to write 1,000 words.

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  114. Susann Schreiber

    Oh, I’m so glad you suggest that! Great idea and since I wanted to start in January THIS year – the challenge comes well at hand, thank you!
    I’m going to get up at the same time every day, pull a cup of tea or coffee with “Müsli” (this is how we call it in Germany) and sit down in my cramped kitchen or not so cramped living room. I’ll set the timer for 1hour
    and will not get up before the timer rings. Also, my writing will be in German, my mother tongue. However, looking forward to this project – and in order to really form a habit I might extend it to 3weeks..

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  115. Mar B.

    I get up at 5:45 every morning usually, it’s when I feel most productive, so for this I’ll be getting up at 5:00AM and using my extra time before the sun is up to just sit and write before I do any other work or preparation. I’ll get washed up, grab a cup of tea and sit at my desk, instead of at my work station, so I can be fully focused and I’ll write until my old alarm goes off on days when I need more time to get ready for Uni, on most days though Ill write until 6:30AM.

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    • RegencyWriter

      You are so luck to be able to write so early in the day! Me, I’m feeding vocal magpies at that hour, and their feeding time (given I have three different ‘tribes’ of the things) lasts until around 8am. I did try taking my trusty notebook down to the garden for a while, but the younger birds like to play with my belongings, so I gave up on that idea.

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  116. Puchku Mannu

    this is my first time taking part in a challenge and i am so exited over it thank you joe sir for providind suchan oppurtunity . i want to spend my whole life writing because its all that i need to survive with its like my breath .

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    • C hollen

      This is my first time too. I am excited about participating. So many great writers already to learn from.

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      • Puchku Mannu

        ohhh great ! i wish for you to perform nice and good luck dear

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        • COUNTRY FOLK

          MY first time too! I’m terrified AND techno-USELESS – so it’s going to be a journey!

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  117. C hollen

    Hi my name is Cathy. I am 63 years old. I became deaf eleven years ago and it literally changed my life. I no longer worked, or had my own home. I had Cochlear Implant Surgery which I still use but it does not allow me to hear like a normal person would, so I spent my time between the hearing and the deaf world. I had to move in with my parents which has been a blessing. They are older and I can help them as well well as if I need anything they help me. I have a fantastic family. I decided I would not sit on the sidelines. I went to college and just graduated this last December with my AA English Transfer Degree. I am taking a year off. I have boxes of bits and pieces of writing I have done throughout my whole life, but I would like to become serious about it. I also recently had breast cancer surgery in Nov. while completing school. I will take this challenge amid radiation treatment next. It will keep my mind focused and I think I will write about this journey. It will be a pleasure working with so many of you talented writers I look forward to it. Cathy
    I am not sure about the hours I am not sure what the radiation times will be yet. But I plan on writing in the morning and evening if that is what it takes to do so.

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    • Irene Joseph

      C, you are amazing! My boss who is also a best friend has been through breast cancer same time as you. I have seen what she has gone through and so I can understand your situation. Write through it hun, you are stronger than you know xx

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      • Irene Joseph

        Oh dear i’ve got emotional! Need to go write xx

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      • C hollen

        Thank you for your support and understanding. We never know what life holds for us. But I try to look at the positive side to everything. First when I became bilaterally deaf. Who would have thought? But it held many blessings in disguise. I learned about myself and what I was capable of. I also learned how to live in two worlds. I have more time with my family, friends, and college. Those doors would have never opened if I had not became deaf. That is one more writing project. I look forward to this challenge and see where it leads. I think it will also be fun and it will nice to connect to others. Have a great week, Cathy

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    • Kathie Berry

      I love your attitude Cathy! I am with you as I am slowly losing my sight due to Glaucoma. Thanks to all of the new technology out there I don’t plan on letting it get the best of me and stop my writing. A large dose of hard headedness helps too. 🙂 The best to you and I am glad you are in the group!

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    • COUNTRY FOLK

      With YOUR incredible strength and resolve – methinks you’re at the top of the class ALREADY!! Ill look forward to reading about your trials and tribulations – all the while praying for supreme health for you in the coming year.

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    • Megan Hurley

      Hi Cathy! I’m really excited for you and that we will be on this journey together! I’ll be writing from my bed most of the time too as a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor who is having a tough time right now–let’s tackle this challenge!

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      • C hollen

        Megan I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. My son had a bad accident a few years back . He had several injuries including his brain. He still has some effects but overall has recovered. So hang in there and aim for it. No matter how long it takes. Look forward to this class. Nice meeting you. Cathy

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        • Megan Hurley

          Thanks Cathy, I’m very happy for your son that he is recovering well. I am all about looking at the positives and joined this group to conquer the deficits!

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    • Jeanne Desy

      What an interesting, unusual life you’ve had. Lots of material. Good luck. I first had breast cancer in 1997 and it spurred my own writing.

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    • WendS

      So sorry C Hollen. Keep the faith

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    • LilianGardner

      Hello Cathy. You are awesome. Best of luck with your writing.

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    • Ronn Jerard Writes

      Cathy, you are an inspiration. Bless you with your health issues. I look forward to connecting with your creative spirit as the challenge progresses. After reading your story, I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

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    • Winifred Thomason

      Cathy, I am moved by your story and your drive. It helps me to keep going despite obstacles that may come my way.

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      • C hollen

        Thank You Winifred. I had a total melt-down this week. Mostly figuring out insurance and finances. But I picked myself back up and decided to not let it get me down. I will keep moving forward even if it is at a slower pace than I would like. I look forward to this challenge, and in-between doctor appointments and more tests and now a family funeral the same week. Take care, Cathy

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    • Yoko madi

      Good luck Cathy!

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    • Elizabeth Westra

      Cathy, it sounds like you have a strong spirit to do whatever you want in spite of your physical problems. I admire you for that. I’ll pray that your spirit will help you do whatever you strive for. God knows our weaknesses and strengths and will use them to carry you and help you.

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      • C hollen

        Thank you I am sure he does for each and every one of us. He was all of us to succeed. I am going to have to split my time for this writing challenge since more things have now been added to my week. Friday I go for a mapping before radiation treatments begin for two hours and 3 hour drive each way from my home. But I will try and stay focused on what I want to write for that day. Where do we sent our writing for each day? I have never done this before. Cathy

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    • Craig Martin

      Hi Cathy, good luck with your writing, and I sincerely hope all will be well with you.

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    • Danielle

      Best of luck on your writing and goals! I’m an ASL interpreter so I always enjoy meeting new people deaf and hearing who have experience in the Deaf Community’s. There’s always fun stories to be told for sure.
      Oh man… I forgot to say how long and where I would write! I normally write for an hour at my desk… so yeah. 🙂 Nice meeting you Cathy!!

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    • sara

      Hey Cathy, you are amazing. I love your attitude to keep going no matter what. Waiting to read your creative writing.

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    • Elizabeth

      Cathy I like your perseverance and enthusiasm. Cannot wait to read your life’s journey!

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    • Mariposa

      Thank you Cathy for sharing a part of your life. Hope your writing time goes well.

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    • Nicollette M

      Best of luck in your writing, Cathy! I hope the amazing attitude remains inside you! I can’t wait to read your writings!

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    • Rhonda Marie Stalb

      Way to go Cathy!

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    • Bobbie Cahill

      Thank you for sharing, Cathy. Good luck with your writing.

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  118. Tinthia Clemant

    Let’s do this! But, wait! What about self-doubt. Have you allowed time for that?

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    • Irene Joseph

      There is no room for self-doubt. We have to do this. Push ourselves to the limit and step out of the comfort zone into the unknown. We are writers. We can do this. Together x

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    • RegencyWriter

      My big problem is perfectionism (grrrr.) I suppose that’s a symptom of self doubt?

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  119. Erik Porter

    Count me in, too! I am working this year to write 500 words a day whether for a blog post, short story, novel or non-fiction idea. I’ll take the next couple weeks to build up my 500 word a day habit and then jump into 1000 words for seven days. With the support of the Write Practice community how couldn’t we all succeed. I plan to write each morning for an hour before heading to work. I am lucky enough to work from home, so I can easily hop on my computer at lunch to reach the goal. My writing focus will be on blog posts and my novel-in-progress. Good luck to all who joined!

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    • RegencyWriter

      And good luck to you too, Erik!

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  120. aRcana

    I’m in the process of moving. I’ve been living out of suitcases since Thanksgiving and I’m excited to create a new routine and discipline again. I plan to be settled into my new place by Jan 15 and I’m going back to school on Jan 26. This challenge came at the perfect time for me to create the practice of writing in my daily routine while also using it as a way to organize my time in a way that will allow everything I do to benefit everything else I do.

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  121. Irene Joseph

    Ditto!

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  122. nabil mansour

    Great initiative, first before becoming a writer , since I’m not native speaker and still not fluent in my writing, I need to improve my writing skills, and by participing in this program I’m sure that will help me gradually improving it.
    At first it will be hard enough for me to write 1000 words everyday, but it’s defenively worth your while.
    The walk of thousand miles begins with the first step.
    The most important thing is to work your mindset to stick on what you want to achieve.
    To your success!

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  123. nabil mansour

    Great initiative, first before becoming a writer , since I’m not native speaker and still not fluent in my writing, I need to improve my writing skills, and by participing in this program I’m sure that will help me gradually improving it.
    At first it will be hard enough for me to write 1000 words everyday, but it’s definitely worth your while.
    The walk of thousand miles begins with the first step.
    The most important thing is to work your mindset to stick on what you want to achieve.
    Thank you again, to your success!

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  124. Monica McKinnon Dannenberger

    I retired two years ago, and it’s taken that long for me to get serious about my writing. Up to two hours per day, looking to keep it up!

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    • Irene Joseph

      Go for it Monica! Good luck :0)

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      • Monica McKinnon Dannenberger

        Thanks! You too!

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    • RegencyWriter

      What’s that saying? Slow but steady wins the race? It’s never too late to start, Monica.

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      • Monica McKinnon Dannenberger

        Not necessarily slow but steady. In my case it was full stop for a long time, then get up and just do this!

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  125. nabil mansour

    Great initiative, first before becoming a writer , since I’m not native speaker and still not fluent in my writing, I need to improve my writing skills, and by participing in this program I’m sure that will help me gradually improving it.
    At first it will be hard enough for me to write 1000 words everyday, but it’s definitely worth your while.
    The walk of thousand miles begins with the first step.
    The most important thing is to work your mindset on persisting of what you want to achieve.
    Thank you again, to your success!

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    • RegencyWriter

      And to your success too, Nabil!

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  126. Anuradha Sriram

    Hi , Anuradha here! I would focus more on the travel writing on what all places I have visited in recent. I will write about them.

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  127. RegencyWriter

    I intend to start on a Regency – it could be a novel, or maybe a novella. I’ll write right here at my antique old English oak Secretaire, but if I have to do 1,000 words a day, I will not be using my feather quill! I’m in Australia, so I will be writing during the Aussie daylight hours – which means I’ll be kicking off around 10am my time on our 23 January – some 9 hours after you Americans start.

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    • Irene Joseph

      I am in the UK so what time will it be for us then? :0)

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  128. Monica McKinnon Dannenberger

    It is indeed never too late to develop good habits!

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  129. Isabel Didriksen

    I’m in! I will write every day after breakfast (9:00 am). Not sure I can come up with a 1000 words, but will try. I write at my desk in the dining/kitchen area. I am retired, so there’s no excuse for not writing! I started a book about a year ago, and keep putting it off, hopefully this will get me going on it. Thanks for the challenge!

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  130. Chinmay

    I’m in!

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  131. Yumna Mahmood

    Hi every one and Assalam-o-Alaikum
    dear writers just never give up writing and pray for each other that may we all reach our destinies.

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  132. COUNTRY FOLK

    I’m a very organized person yet HIGHLY UNDISCIPLINED. I’m joining this wonderful session for a number of reasons but mainly – 1) I’m looking to getting that discipline that I soooo lack; And – 2) Being shy and reclusive by nature, I LOVVVE the anonymity of this project!! I’m really looking forward to developing good solid habits with regard to my writing and making it a DAILY priority instead of frittering away my time because I’m afraid to acknowledge – even to myself – how badly I want to be a good – Nay – GREAT writer one day. As to what I’ll be writing about? I’ve given this a lot of thought, and have come to the conclusion that I’m going to “free-fall” into whatever…My life is chaotic right now, so I believe that this “forced” introspection will have other far-reaching benefits as well. As to “where” and “when” I’ll be indulging myself?? Dead simple. I’ll be writing on my couch – probably in the very early morning hours – green tea, black coffee, country-fresh tap water at the ready along with an endless supply of cigarettes burning themselves out in my vintage stand-up ashtray…

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    • Jane Stone

      Hope you accomplish your goals! Good luck to all of us lol

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      • COUNTRY FOLK

        How nice of you Jane!! You just made my morning!! And YESSSS!! The very BEST of luck to ALL!!

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    • Irene Joseph

      Love it!!! What you’ve just written is like the beginnings of a good story! :0)

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      • COUNTRY FOLK

        YOU are SUCH a DOLL Irene!! Thank you so much! I’m going to try to “follow” you and look for YOUR “intentions” a little later. In the meantime, I’ll just bask in your sun-rays of encouragement!!

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  133. Jane Stone

    I’m going to do this! Thus far, i’ve only been writing fan-fiction stories for various fandom sites and I know it’s time for me to evolve as a writer (and hopefully get rid of this nasty writer’s block that has been keeping me caged for quite some time).Looking forward to this!

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  134. Syeda Uroosa Maheen

    i’m in !!!

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  135. Syeda Uroosa Maheen

    I hope this challenge will lead me to a better writer.

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  136. Teddi Davis

    I like the idea of a challenge to jump start a new writing habit. I’m getting back to writing after several years of focusing on my business (which I have now sold). I plan to write at 1p each day, at my desk. Unsure how long it will take to write 1,000 words, but planning for at least an hour.

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  137. Shazi Sultan

    Being a student, I have not given much thought to writing this past year and I am cursing myself for that (definitely not more then my best friend though). I want to dedicate time to it, but I just can’t seem to find it. I have so many ideas I want to pen down, so many characters in my brain many of them begging to be turned to reality, others threatening me to do it but every time I seem to end up disappointing them and myself. However, with this challenge I hope to overcome this challenge. I love writing and it’s not like I have completely forsaken writing; I do write short paragraphs on pages when I have time but they usually get thrown in trash because I am never satisfied with it.
    Sometimes, I feel more than writing, it is the fear that the story is not good enough that keeps me from writing. I’m not sure if that makes sense though…
    Anyways, thanks for coming up with this challenge, this year will be another opportunity and I don’t plan to let it go to waste!

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    • Irene Joseph

      I totally understand where you’re coming from Shazi. The best thing to do is just write and keep whatever you’ve written – u never know how useful it can be, especially if u read it a few days later with fresh insight, it can trigger into something bigger and better. As for your characters in your head, give them a chance, get to know them, ask questions. It takes time to get to know someone and once you know your character you will be able to hear the story they want to tell. Just write n keep n listen! :o)

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      • Shazi Sultan

        Thank you, for your positive words. This is making me even more fired up!

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  138. Alex Leontef

    Good day, everyone.
    I’m going to do it in the morning after I have breakfast. Right there in the kitchen while my wife and my son are sleeping. Guess it’s going to take me about an hour. Not more, I hope.

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    • Sherrie

      Alex — Good Luck! If you can write a thousand words in an hour, then you are very productive. — Sherrie

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  139. vishvjeet singh

    i am exited to write my view in contest.it is a very ospecious platform for to become a deciplined writer.i am only 17 years old living in india .

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    • Sherrie

      Vishvjeet — Your stories from a different cultural point of view can be fascinating. Please write and share with those of us who live elsewhere in the world.

      Sherrie

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      • COUNTRY FOLK

        I couldn’t agree with you MORE Sherrie!! And YESSSS Vishvjeet – I’m greatly looking forward to your stories!!

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  140. JImmy James

    Looks like I’m not the only one that procrastinates when it comes to writing. I wrote a couple hundred pages about a year ago and haven’t touched it since. I realized that I need to prune down the excess and do a rewrite. My problem is the discipline, I need the ‘stick-to-it-ive-ness’ to get me to the point where I can actually submit my novel to a publisher.

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  141. gaye burch

    I am trying to complete two, thirty page booklets, to have on my table at a home school convention in April. This will help me have a goal of completing the second one before the end of January.

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  142. Laila Aurakzai

    I am in.. excited about it.. I am going to write about non fiction because this is where I feel my interest is at the moment. hmm. terrified..

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    • COUNTRY FOLK

      “Terrified” would actually be CALM for me regarding this Challenge !! BUT- I have this sneaking suspicion that we’ll ALL be a bit depressed depressed when it’s over, Good Luck Laila !!

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    • Evelyn Sinclair

      Hi Laila I’m excited too and happier like you, to be writing memoir style stuff. Go for it.

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      • Laila Aurakzai

        Thanks Gorgeous.. Looking forward to it. 🙂

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  143. Sarah Purcell

    Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a semi-retired housewife (it’s a hard job to completely retire from!) I’ve been writing for several years and have one book published – a romantic comedy. I’m working on my second in that genre but have been stuck for several months – not so much with the story just with making myself sit down and write. I think I signed up for the challenge but the form never generated. Anyway, I’m looking forward to it.

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  144. Andressa Andrade

    I already have a habit of writing everyday (writing is my job and my passion, so how could I not?) but I love the idea behind this challenge! I’m going to use it to write a short story for a competition. I have never entered a writing contest but it is one of my goals for 2018. There’s this nice competition with a deadline on Feb 15 and I want to write for it but I have been procrastinating on that for a while now. I think this challenge’s timing is perfect for that. So I’m going to use the week from Jan 15-20 to read over the rules of the competition and start brainstorming a short story. Then, I’ll schedule 1h for me to work on it every day, during the challenge’s period. I’m going to work in buckets and take short pauses. As long as I have a general plot planned, that should allow me to write 1000 words a day. I’ll think this further during this week, but I think it sounds like a plan for now. =)

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    • Andressa Andrade

      Oh, and I intend to write in my bedroom, which is also my office (freelance writer here, hi!). I might try changing locations, though, if the story requires it. It should be interesting to go outside to write, for example. I’ll think about that once I have a general idea for my story.

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  145. Anita Marie York

    Hi. I’m Anita. I may be the oldest person in this challenge, at 77 years young :o).
    I’ll be writing on my computer in my home office, or on my laptop in my living room.
    I have published two books, one fiction and one non-fiction, and am currently “working” on three more. Actually I just recently submitted one of them — a middle-grade mystery — to an agent. Still waiting for a response. So I plan to use this challenge to further these books.
    I wish everyone the best outcome! Let’s make this a profitable venture, folks!

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    • Rashi Mital

      Wow, Anita. That’s awesome. So much learning to look forward from you. All the best 🙂

      P.S.- I would really appreciate if you could give me some non-fiction writing tips. I have a plot, just can’t start with the first page.

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      • Travis Masonheimer

        I wanna help!!!

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      • Elizabeth

        Rashi, We can all help one another. That is what the contests on The Write Practice is all about.

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    • Megan Hurley

      Anita, may I just comment that nothing is about age! I’m a fitness instructor and there is an 80-yr-old lady who takes a class every day of some sort and instructors in the dance cardio format I teach in ALL age ranges. what brings us all together is our passion for writing, age is nothing 🙂

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    • WendS

      I’m not far behind you Anita. Good luck. It never get easier.

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    • LilianGardner

      Hi Anita. I also write on a desktop computer. I feel comfortable on a normal keyboard. Guess what? I’m older than you are but feel as fresh and energized as any young adult. Best of luck with your writing.

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    • Sha Henson

      Way to go anita, at my rate my writing career will be off to a start when im 77. Just kidding but I am a beginner. Congrats. on your already sucess. I am currently working on three books my self.

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    • Winifred Thomason

      Hi Anita. I am motivated by your story. I hope to have something published one day.

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    • Elizabeth

      Hi Anita, I’m older than you. All the best for the challenges you have set for yourself – three books.

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    • Mariposa

      Anita, nice to hear of your journey. I’m glad you say 77 years young, because I’m 60 and I know how fast the years fly by.

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    • Siska

      That is awesome. The best of luck.

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  146. Maria Flavia Aquino

    Can I join the group even if decide to write in portuguese? (I’m from Brazil!)

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  147. LAW

    I plan to use this opportunity to develop a writing habit so that I can post to my blog more than two or three times a year. I work full-time at a community college, so I may use my
    lunch hour for writing either in my office or in my car. A thousand words a day will take me more than an hour, though, so not sure yet where I will fit in the time, but I’m going to try.

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  148. RowynGolde

    I have so many almost-finished projects. This will be a good push to just get them going/done. My plan is to write first thing in the morning, in a document on the computer. The trick will be opening this up BEFORE and without also opening the web browser.

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  149. Lupe

    I so want to write a bit more! I’m a Latina student, I’ve got to study so much if I want to go to collage I’m the UK and it takes all my writing time, right Now I’m trying to write a play for the theatre I work for and I feel like it will be helpful to have the challenge of writing to push me to write a bit more!

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    • Lupe

      In the UK*

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  150. Sara Farinha

    Hello! I’m Sara and I really need to schedule some writing time. I guess 7 days of sleep deprivation won’t hurt any more than not writing. I’m relauching a project of mine, of writing a short story each month of 2018, so I’ll be using this challenge to do that work. I just hope I can balance everything on my plate on the proposed week… a toddler, a full time job, my blog, my family and everything attached to it. But I sure need some scheduled writing time, so here I am, and I’ll be doing my best. See you there 🙂

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  151. Charu Sharma

    HI, Is this a language restriction in writing challenge exercise ?

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  152. Wanda Spannuth

    To clarify, the picture posted is one I love but alas, it is not me. It is my mother and daddy. I have been writing for a long time. In college I wrote term papers for my friends. I’ve kept journals from time to time but that has never been very successful. I just don’t think I am that interesting. For several years I wrote articles for my department’s newsletter and received many positive comments. That gave me courage to do something I love to do. I wrote 2 childrens’ stories, which I self published and sold very few copies. It was certainly disappointing but I carry on. I am looking forward to the challenge and am confident that I can do it. I will write every day either in my room or at the kitchen table and not likely in the morning. Looking forward to the challenge. Good luck to all and keep writing!

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  153. Sampath Kumar

    Hii..! I am Sampath. I am planning to draft it throughout the day in my mobile at office, cafetaria, wherever i get free time and finish it of at end of the day at home.

    I work as a designer, as a part-time hobby i want to improve my writing skills and have fun.

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  154. James DePriest

    Been reading the blog a long time and I’d like to get involved in this and improve in my writing skills. I’m currently doing Jeff Goins’ 500 Words a Day and on the days I’ve been able to write, I’ve hit my goal. But it’s all just freewriting about my day. I really want to write stories, but I can’t come up with solid ideas and the ones I come up with I can’t figure out how to even turn them into a story. Every attempt feels like banging my head into a wall.

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    • Linda Michel White

      Been there done that… You now what is the reward for banging your head against the wall? It feels so good when you stop! 😉

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  155. Princess Kiki

    I am in and so excited. I am going to write a fiction about a girl whose life gets flipped when she moves in with her dad…..but not in a “Twilight” kinda flipped way. Every day, from 9:15-9:45, I am going to curl up in my one-seater with a cup of tea, my blanket, and my laptop and I am going to write my heart out. I am so excited. I really needed this motivation.

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  156. Chris Yako

    Thank you for this challenge Joe. I’m in! However I’m nervous, I also have a problem with making time to finish my writing for my blog or essays. I’m going to give this a try anyway. I’ll start with 1hr a day, after work, in the evenings and see how that goes. I’m writing an essay at the moment and would like to start a short story as well. I will use this challenge to complete both.

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  157. Meredith

    Ever since I was five years old, I have wanted to be a writer. When the time to choose a college major came around, I wanted to be an English or a Creative Writing major. Unfortunately, I was told I had to choose something that would get me a career “right out of college”, as my parents did so generously pay for my education. I became an Elementary school teacher. I am no longer an Elementary school teacher. Lesson learned…follow your heart always.
    I’m very excited to begin this writing challenge! It has been too long since I’ve written for myself or written anything for the pleasure of it. I would love to use this challenge to prove to myself that I can creatively write 1,000+ words a day. I also want to use this week as a week of personal expression and reflection as the new year begins.

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  158. Olanrewaju

    I’m happy I’ll be doing this with everyone of you. You are great writers and I believe I’ll really learn a lot from you all since I haven’t actually written a novel yet. Please you all should do well to help me as am going to try writing in the morning 7-8 before going to class. yeah class! I am an undergraduate student in Nigeria studying biochemistry. Its gonna be fun you’ll promise, hun?

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  159. Vincent Burgess

    I haven’t written much but I am trying to do it more, so I’m going to try this challenge!!

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  160. Evelyn Sinclair

    I have just skimmed through the amazing comments re the 7day challenge. My own writing dipped recently after a turn down from a compwtitive entry I sumbitted elsewhere. I need to finish the memoir I started, and so here I am. Decision made. I write at home as I am retired, but it’s not conducive to habit forming. Today I investigated the computers at the public library in town. I can have 1 hour’s use when I sign in (there are 18 computers available.) and if demand is low, I can probably have extended time as needed. I also intend to WALK to the library and so increase my seratonin and decrease my weight. Lots of positive reasons to take up the challenge for 1 week.

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  161. Mujahid Salaam

    Greetings of Peace and Happiness to all.
    My intention is to just write. At this point, i am not sure what i will write. I have so many tremendous life experiences and ideas floating around in my head. I just dont know where to start. Maybe if i give a brief bio, you guys could give me some suggestions. Ok?
    I am 70 years old and retired from the Dept of Corrections. Prior to my employment, i was addicted to Heroin and spent many years in and out of jails and programs fighting my demons. I now own a trucking company and in my spare time i visti the local prison to talk with young adults.
    I am often told that i inspire others and that i need to tell my story. I dont know. I dont see myself as anything special. I just try to help others as i was helped. Thats enough about me. Thanks for listening. I will be waiting for your suggestions.

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    • Linda Michel White

      Mujahid, write of your experience, strength & hope… Your readers will be encouraged by your story… I commend you on your successful recovery from your Heroin addiction… My late husband was a Navy Seal, who spent 37 months in Vietnam… After he returned to the States he became hooked on that drug & it took 31 times through treatment to beat his addiction… We met 10 years later… I believed that was enough time that he’d been clean & everyone deserves a second chance… I wish you much success with your writing…

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  162. Zainab Hashmi

    I am in and I am excited! I am a mother of four kids, the youngest one being 8 months old. Writing is my passion. I even have a blog of my own! Having said that, I have always made myself excuses for not taking writing seriously. And yes! It is hard to write while breastfeeding a baby and homeschooling a 6 years old or counseling a 17 years old about his college plans or dealing with teenage tantrums of a 15 years old etc.
    But here I am- reading amazing stuff about people like Cathy and Kathie. Inspiring!! Hence, I will definitely give it a try and who knows,one day, you might be reading best selling fiction and nonfiction books by a Pakistani writer, …Zainab Hashmi

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    • Megan Hurley

      Hi Zainab, I love your attitude! I agree that you never know what parts of your life might spark your writing !

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      • Zainab Hashmi

        Thanks Megan. All the best with your writing plans!

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        • Megan Hurley

          thank you for such kind words and thoughts!!! i love that we are all in this together!

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    • Rashi Mital

      Wow. N here I am grappling with only one kid, not even 3yrs. I need to learn from you. All the best, Zainab. 🙂

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      • Zainab Hashmi

        Thanks Rashi! I believe, we all can learn a lot from each other. Best of luck with your writing!

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    • Sonya Ramsey

      Hey keep the faith and I hope you are writing about being a mother hint hint all activities you are involved in anyway try writing at end of your day when all is sleep if its only for one hour this is how I got started working two jobs I would come home take a shower drink a cup of coffee meditate and then I would write until I became sleepy it worked now I write all the time…….just set a specific time schedule for you and do it…..best wishes best seller Pakistani Writer.

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      • Zainab Hashmi

        Hi Sonya. You are spot on! I shall be writing about parenting and education, since I feel at home with these. However, I would also like to write fiction and probably will try my hand at short stories. Thanks for your support and trust in me!

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    • LilianGardner

      Hello Zainab. I’m looking forward to reading books by you.

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      • Zainab Hashmi

        Thanks Lilian. You are awesome! Stay fresh and energetic and keep writing. I wish you all the best!

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  163. La Esmeralda

    I’m in too! Hope I’m not too late for the party 😀

    I’ve been drafting and outlining this fantasy novel for over two years now, but I’ve always been far too busy and far too unfocused and insecure to write much about it. Seeing how I’ll be spending most of January and February on my own with little to nothing to do, I don’t think I’ll ever get a better chance to start than this one. I plan on writing at least a couple of hours per day, since I’m a slow typer and have a bad tendency to go back and rewrite everything I’ve done so far instead of starting something new.

    I write in Spanish, since it’s my native language (I’m from Argentina) and I’m not that good in English yet. I hope that doesn’t cause any inconveniences.

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  164. Katrina Dinouti

    How I will get myself to write each day is to start off with writing after my morning routine as that’s how I get myself moving for the day. I normally have the best ideas after a morning walk. For how long I will write it may be a few short sessions of about 15-30 minutes at most for each session I write.

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    • Megan Hurley

      Hi Katrina! I have trouble getting started in the morning, and then try to catch up on what I didn’t do on time! For me, the best writing time is usually between 1:30-4 pm. That is a nice quiet window when my dog is in ‘nap mode’ and my husband is at work. After that, the dog wakes up and is a terror waiting for her dinner! The peace and quiet disappear…

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  165. Rebecca

    I’ll write for an hour every morning before work. If I don’t get in my 1,000 words I’ll finish up in the evenings before bed. Maybe this will finally motivate me to write the novel that’s been in my head for the past few years!

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  166. Elizabeth Jones

    I’m in. My laptop died in November just before Thanksgiving, and I did not finish my NaNoWriMo novel. This 7-day challenge is a great opportunity to just about finish it! (give or take…)

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  167. Megan Hurley

    I’m so glad to find this challenge and group-this is the exact time in my life when I need it! I’m a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor (and former English teacher), but the injury has left me with severe cognitive/analytical/focus challenges. I decided that since 2018 is my 10-yr anniversary, I want to write my testimony of my accident, but more so my comeback and send a message of hope!

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    • Rebecca Jarmas

      Megan that is an awesome goal! I hope you find the journey healing as well! Best wishes!!

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      • Megan Hurley

        Thank you!

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  168. Anomaly91

    I always make time to write everyday since I consider it my career. I write at my desk in my room. The time of day I write is in the early and late afternoon but I can only write for 30 minutes to an one hour. Luckily, I can get a lot of words out in that short window.

    In Feb. I plan on submitting my first short story into a contest. I will be working on what I plan on submitting.

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    • Megan Hurley

      Wow! Good luck (in advance) on the contest! Glad you joined a group that can be here to support you along the way!

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  169. Megan Hurley

    Great idea!

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  170. Jane

    Very excited to get started! I am 3/4 done with a novel, but writer’s block has set in big time!!! I sit down to a blinking cursor and cannot get a word on the page. Reading others’ stories has inspired me to keep moving and not give up! Ready for the challenge!

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    • Mezino Sboui

      cooperation !!!! what do you think !!!!

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  171. Mezino Sboui

    yo!!! I am Mezen and i want to finish writing something

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  172. Mezino Sboui

    and ..who will win this Challenge!!!!!

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  173. Stella

    I am in and intend to write in the morning, or whenever I can get to my computer. Life changes all the time, but I intend to TAKE the time to write the words. I want to intentionally write something, not just free write and not use it. I have been there and done that, I am moving on.

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    • Megan Hurley

      Welcome Stella, it’s awesome that you already have a plan of how to go about this & a positive outlook!

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  174. Jeanine Taylor

    I’m in. I have no idea what I’ll write. But the most important thing for me to do is to find a place to write (besides my house) and schedule 2 hrs a day to go there. That’s where I’m going to start.

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  175. Himani Mittal

    I can’t say i am excited or not but yeah, it will help me to write daily. I may write my thoughts which i don’t share with anyone or may write a story. I have not written a story yet. So yeah, this is good thing.

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  176. A Rose

    I am in.
    I have a full time job and I do not get enough time to write. Well sometimes I am lazy also. I am excited about this challenge and I hope it will break open my reservations of not writing regularly. At doing that together with all you wonderful people will be really fun.
    I am going to write free style and see where it leads me.
    Best wishes to all.

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  177. Vigdis Bjørkøy

    Hello, I am a norwgeian writer – and english is not my first language, so I will be writing in norwegian. I have written and published nine books for children and young adults, but I have a dream of writing a non fiction book, and this will be my challenge. I am a freelance-journalist as well, and love writing, but I need to work on a writing habit. It is too easy to read the news and facebook, instead of writing. I will soon turn 60, and I think it is time I try something new.

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    • Megan Hurley

      welcome!

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  178. Prima Chandra

    I’m in Joe.

    I write in my blog and most of my writing were done using my tablet. I guess I need to start writing in PC/laptop for this challenge since writing 1000 words in tablet (use only 2 thumbs) is a bit hard.

    And I guess all the writing must be done in English right? Won’t get easier but it’s okay. I’m still in.

    Look forward to your next update Joe.
    Thanks for have this challenge opened.

    Regards,
    Prima | http://www.primachandra.com

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  179. Sidsel Horvei

    1000 words each day for seven days. How hard can it be for a stay-at-home-spouse while the kids are at school? Incredibly hard, it turns out… Games and procrastination and mild depression tend to get in the way… But I want to make a habit. After breakfast, a timer to stop the games, and start writing.

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  180. Rach

    Im in not sure what im going to write yet, been tying to write for few years now, love reading too, started stories a few times, never got past 1st chapter, started writing a fiction story early last year, managed 3 chapters so far, furthest I’ve gotton tho wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew lol, keep hitting a brick wall as well as juggling 3 jobs last year and anxiety issues, had to drop one job as Dr said doin to much and getting run down as repetative illness’s , so now only doing the 2 so giving me a bit more time just need to get my thinking cap back on! looking forward to getting started!!!

    Good Luck all
    Rach

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  181. Jeanne Desy

    I’m in. I’m 75 and writing has been difficult these last months since a great oak tree fell on our house in a severe storm. We are now in a senior residence but not nearly moved in. There will be a depressing amount of work to do when the house is finished in March.

    I may not be able to write 1000 words, but will try. I plan to at least get out the laptop every day at 11 am and work on my writing for an hour. I have things that are finished and nearly finished that need to be circulating.

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  182. Rashi Mital

    I’m in! I have a blogging website and I love to write. But, unfortnately, I have been procrastinating for a good amount of time now. And hence, hope this 7day challenge brings me on track. Works as the much required push I need. Wakes up the snoozing writer/blogger in me. Though, 1000 words every day is actually a challenge for a person like me, who barely writes 100 words each day (procrastination, again), m so looking forward to this.
    Cheers!

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  183. Michele

    I am in! WOOHOO –

    My intention for this challenge is to continue to challenge myself as a writer. I have successfully written and self-published a children’s book with my twin-sister, and while we are in the process of writing other books, we seem to start but do not finish our projects. I think holding myself to this challenge will not only enhance my writing but help begin a good habit to keep writing with a purpose.

    I think I will write anytime and anyplace. I do not want to limit my writing to one specific time or place but I want to keep myself open. I will set-up a daily reminder, however to always focus on writing at last 2000 words. I never let myself adhere to the minimum in anything I am working on.

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  184. devorah

    Ok, going through changes, time to make writing real!

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    • Megan Hurley

      good for you!

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  185. barbara barry

    .and lung disease. I’d plan to self publish a book of poetry. Hope I can join you serious writers..I started your 7day plan in Nov. LAST YEAR. I joined a group called Poetry soup and this week one of my poems chosen to rotate on their, guess call it their face page. Quite an honor for a first timer. I entered a contest last week of Dec. Notified Jan 2 it won honorable mention. I THANK YOU for helping me achieve this! I have applied lessons received from you. My plan, 5-to 10 poems a week, typing, planing etc. Eight hours daily or more to writing and educating myself. Do I qualify to join ya’ll? Thanks again for lessons bbn

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  186. Megan Hurley

    I am thankful for all of the ideas everyone is sharing for the plans of how to make the time for writing, continuing with your writing & such affirmative outlooks! I’m making notes and already learning from our community so I feel a little more ready to go about this. Thank you all for that.

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  187. Sonya Ramsey

    First of all I joined the challenge. Secondly, I try and write in the am on my patio drinking my tea I am more relaxed I try and write until I have no more thoughts for the story that day sometimes 1000 words or more it depends if my mind is going with plots and ideas for the story then my fingers are also.

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  188. Mabelle

    I am really excited for the 7 day creative writing Challenge! I’m thinking about writing some short stories, and then maybe actually make a full-on story!!

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  189. Mabelle

    The thing that I like that most about this challenge is that it’ll be easy to do because it’s just 7 days, and I’ll probably make a bunch of stories ;))

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  190. Medha

    I am in. And so very scared.

    This is very stressful – this need to write and not doing it for fear you will never write as well as the authors you read. I am exhausted. I cant keep dreaming of those perfect endings, those turns of phrases that instantly paint vivid pictures and drive ideas home, that opening line that stops you in your track and lean in with a minute rise to the brow…

    I am desperate to produce the kind of literature I enjoy, and this will probably end in despair, but hey, I will have 7000 words.

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  191. Raheemat

    I don’t know why I’m not allowed to register for this challenge. I’ve tried entering without any luck.

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  192. LilianGardner

    Help! Somebody help! I tried signing in for the challenge but can’t get in. Joe, if you see this, please help me sign up. Thanks!

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  193. Evelyn Twilight

    Hello! My name is Renee, and I am 16, I’ve been writing since my 8th grade year so only for a while but it’s honestly one of my favorite hobbies and passions! I plan to wrote at home rather than school, on a laptop or on a journal I’ll be taking on my travels this summer! I an to write for at least 30 minutes each challenge day! I’m so excited to start this challenge and I wish you all the best of luck!

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    • Rebecca Jarmas

      Good luck to you too Evelyn!

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  194. Christine

    I’m in. I write on my laptop as and when I can around work and family. I’m a Brit and looking forward to getting some short stories started. It will be great to learn from this community of writers.

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  195. Charisa

    Question here, can I make this an 8 day thing as one day a week is spent almost completely with family? if not I understand

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  196. Sandra Hayward

    Hello, my name is Sandra. Thank you for the article. Although I have long been no longer a beginner writer, but I always try to develop and move forward. At first it was very difficult for me but I found help on such Internet resources as EssaysVikings . This was very useful for me, and now I manage everything on my own. Good luck!

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  197. Quirky Queenslander

    Yes, yes, yes … I AM IN!!! Thank You Joe and Thank You ‘The Write Practice’ for offering the wonderful challenge!

    I am a 47 year old female with a messy bun, I am a wife, a mother of a 25 year old son, I am Australian and I caught the writing bug just 10 months ago. Less than one month ago I launch my brand new website (blog) called “Beach Bush & Beyond” and this 7 Day Writing Challenge might just be exactly what I need to ensure that I keep the creative juices flowing.

    I am a shift worker and I work full-time, so dedicating a particular time slot is difficult, but my intention is to set aside a minimum of one hour each day before work. I like to write on my laptop because I can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

    I like to write about real stuff, my life, my observations and anecdotes. I like to make people think and I like to make them laugh, but most importantly, in our bizarre modern world, I like to make people feel less alone and a little more ‘normal’ at http://www.beachbushbeyond.com

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  198. Lizzie

    Hello, my name is Lizzie. I might be the youngest person doing this challenge (14)! This is the first time I have ever done anything like this so I’m not sure if I will actually follow through or not. I really want to be an author when I leave school so am glad of anything to get me writing! I also like writing on my laptop which means that I can write anywhere around the house. I will try to write in the morning and I usually like sitting down with my computer in the evening 🙂

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    • Lizzie

      Oh and I forgot to say that love to write fiction. An author who really inspired me was C.S Lewis who wrote the Narnia series. I enjoy writing Crime/Mystery mostly so haven’t tried anything new in a while!

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