the daily 500

February 23, 2015

Jeff Goins -- My 500 words

You may already have heard of Jeff Goins. He blogs about writing and blogging. A while back, in the vein of NaPoWriMo and NaNoWriMo, he challenged writers to make a commitment to write 500 words a day for 31 days. There are no deadlines. It’s up to the writer to set a beginning date.

Goins suggests blogging the daily 500 and linking your blog to his challenge page, which, so far, 1842 writers have done. The challenge is here: My 500 words. You can also join a My 500 words Facebook group for accountability and encouragement.

Whether you choose to participate in Goins’s challenge, to write poetry or prose, to write 500 words or 250 or 1000, the concept is good: make a commitment and write every day. Don’t edit; don’t censor; just write. Then set the words aside; resist the compulsion to read them over and over; let them rest. After some time has gone by, go back and read what you wrote as if it was written by someone else. Let the editing begin.

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