Welcome to The Write Practice Pro, !
My name is Joe Bunting, and I’m so glad you’re here (I really am).
A few years ago, I did something that changed my life. I started writing. In fact, I finished one writing piece every day.
I had certainly written before. I had even started a few novels (that I soon abandoned).
However, when I started finishing one writing piece per day, something happened to me. I started to think of myself as a writer. A real writer. That led to getting small jobs as a writer. Eventually, I was able to quit my job and support myself and my family full-time through my writing. Pretty amazing, right?
It all started started by finishing ONE writing piece per day.
This is the Write Practice Pro Challenge
The Write Practice Pro is about claiming your identity as a writer.
You might ask, “What does that really mean? How do I go ‘Pro’ as a writer?”
It’s pretty simple. I can explain it to you in two words: you write.
If you want to go Pro as a writer, then write. That’s why the The Write Practice Pro Challenge is to write ONE writing piece per WEEK, due each FRIDAY. That’s it! You don’t have to be a genius and you don’t have to quit your day job to be a writer. Instead, just write your ONE, WEEKLY Writing Piece and share it with us on Friday.
If you do that, if you write small, finished pieces regularly, what you’ll find is that you’ll soon go from being an aspiring writer to becoming a daily writer.
To Be a Writer, You’ll Have to Give Up Some Things
This isn’t going to be easy.
If you want to be a writer, you’ll have to make changes to your lifestyle. Writers work long hours. They often get up early in the morning or stay up late at night to write. Writers turn down invitations from friends and family to make time for their craft. Writers, even professional writers, don’t work normal 9-5 jobs. It’s more like 9 AM to 8:59 AM the following morning.
I say this to set your expectations. Don’t expect to make breakthroughs in your writing if you’re not willing to change. With that in mind, here are three questions to ask yourself before you do anything else:
- As you join this community, what changes are you going to make to your lifestyle?
- What are you going to say “no” to?
- How are you going to make time for your writing? When will you write and for how long?
Before you take on your first Write Practice Pro assignment, think hard about how your life is going to look differently now that you’re officially a writer.
No One Becomes a Professional Writer Alone
I want to say one last thing before we get started.
We think of great writers as silent, brooding geniuses, but the truth is no one goes Pro as a writer on their own. It takes a team, a community, to sustain the passion, creativity, and sheer willpower to become a professional writer.
Here’s a secret about The Write Practice Pro: the best part of this program isn’t me, and it’s certainly not the premium material I’m going to send you from time to time.
No the best part about The Write Practice Pro is the community, the other writers who are on this journey with you. Ernest Hemingway had F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. Jack Kerouac had William Burroughs and the Beats. J.R.R. Tolkien had C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.
My hope for you is that this community will become a writing group of your own, a community to share your best pieces with, a community to learn from and grow with, and community that you can help support just as it supports you.
With that in mind, INTRODUCE YOURSELF! Using the link below, post a message in our community Cafe forum and tell your story, answering the following questions:
What’s your name?
Where are you from?
What kind of writing do you do? (bonus points if you can share why you do it)
Why did you join The Write Practice Pro?
Where else can we find you online? (e.g. blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)
By the way, don’t be afraid to share the hard parts of your story here, too: what your nervous about, what you’re struggling with. Help us get to know the whole you, not just the good parts.
How to Post Your Story to the Workshop
Ready to post your story? Here’s how to do it:
- Navigate to the community workshop.
- Click inside the gray “Add Writing Piece” box.
- Start typing your story, or copy-and-paste it! (see screenshot below)
- Enter the title to your story in the “Enter a title” box.
- When you’re ready, click “Submit” to post.
- Congratulations! You just submitted your story to the workshop! If you wish to edit the post, click on it and find the orange “Edit” button. (see screenshot below)
- Now, check out your three assigned “Matches” and leave feedback on them. By the way, here’s a guide to critiquing.
Feedback is crucial to becoming a professional writer. Not only does it sharpen your own storytelling skills, but it starts building relationships with other writers that will prove crucial to your success as a part of this thriving community!