Writing Together

When I started Write 100 back in February with the first 100-day challenge launching in early March, I didn't know what would happen. Would the project catch on? Would others find it helpful, inspiring, useful? Or would it just be me writing on my own but pretending there were others following along? There were many … Continue reading Writing Together

Your Words Matter

Somewhere in my basement sits a box containing a faded grade-school project asking the age-old question: what do you want to be when you grow up? The girl whose two favorite book series were, not coincidentally, both about girls who were aspiring authors (the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace, and the Anne of Green … Continue reading Your Words Matter

The Writer’s Library

If you haven't noticed, writers like to write about writing. It's only natural. The written word is our natural form of expression and mental processing so we write about our experiences with the craft and pursuit of our art. But writing about writing also serves to connect us to one another. We learn from the … Continue reading The Writer’s Library

Ready to Rest

We're more than a third of the way through our 100 days of writing and closing in on the 50 day milestone. Already we've heard from guest writers; we've shared ups and downs. There are many more to come, I assure you. In the coming weeks there are yet more writers stopping by for a … Continue reading Ready to Rest

Do Your Characters Talk to You? Should They?

Have you ever heard a writer talk about her characters as if… they were real? Like, as if the writer were not entirely in control of her own work? It used to be my pet peeve to hear writers say “my main character told me _____,” or in more ludicrous scenarios, “my main character refused … Continue reading Do Your Characters Talk to You? Should They?

A Work in Progress

I’m not sure what I expected the writing life to be like. Sure, I had dreams about what it would be like to be a writer… the book tours, the conventions, the autograph sessions… but I don’t think I sat down and thought about what it would actually be like to be a writer. What … Continue reading A Work in Progress

6 Virtues of the Writing Life

The Write 100 Challenge is a long haul, and the writing life even more so. These coming weeks have the potential to shape you, as a writer and as a person. But how will they shape you? These virtues of the writing life are foundational for the work we seek to do. Make it your … Continue reading 6 Virtues of the Writing Life

Who’s A Writer, Anyway?

Do you consider yourself a writer? Whatever your answer is - yes, no, -ish? - this post is for you. I don’t consider myself a writer. I never have. Which is entertaining, considering that I’m now embarking on the Write 100 Challenge for the second time, but more about that later. I have a very … Continue reading Who’s A Writer, Anyway?

Setting Goals You Can Achieve

So you're ready to embark on the Write 100 challenge. You're excited to commit yourself to writing more. But it's not enough to print off your challenge calendar and just write. The excitement and energy of the challenge is fresh on this first, but it's important to give yourself what you need to cross the … Continue reading Setting Goals You Can Achieve

7 Days to Go!

It's that time again. The next Write 100 Group Challenge gets underway just one week from today. Join fellow writers around the world for 100 days of putting pen to paper.   If you've ever wanted writing to be part of your life this challenge will help you cultivate a sustainable writing practice as you … Continue reading 7 Days to Go!