I’m always on the lookout for exciting ways to motivate writers – myself included – and share the good stuff that’s out there on the internet.
Via one of my new twitter followers, I found this great idea that has developed out of the wonderfully successful NaNoWriMo phenomenon: it’s a monthly 500-word a day writing challenge WritingChallenge.org
Writing, by its very nature, can be a lonely process, and this is an excellent way to connect with other writers in the challenge and share the motivation and encouragement, as well as developing relationships with other writers.
Since I have two projects on the go at present: BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE – a new, semi-autobiographical novel about some of my experiences in Costa Rica, and THE SHEPHERD WORKBOOK – a self-help companion guide to my inspirational parable “The Shepherd”, this challenge seemed like a brilliant idea to participate in. Those that know me know I’m a terrible distraction-freak… and the slightest thing can send me into a tizwas of procrastination for no reason whatsoever!
I joined late, but that’s okay, they are a relaxed bunch – it’s all about encouragement and enjoying the experience of writing, not about the birch and cane! For me, it’s just nice to have an accountability group out there to keep me focused on my goal of actually getting these both finished in a timely manner.
Click on the links above to find out more, or simply tweet with ‘#janwritingchallenge’ and I’m sure we’ll find you soon enough. Enjoy your writing experience, good luck, and a very happy New Year to you all!
ANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.