Friday, June 15, 2012


I'm catching up on my posts and finally got a chance to read Day 8's challenge. Love it!

Day 8. Build Something. 

You don’t need to start another project you’ll never finish. You already probably have enough of those. Instead, I want you to do something truly creative:

I want you to finish something. Anything, really. Just pick a project — an essay, a blog post, maybe even a book — and finish it. Not tomorrow. Today.

It should never take longer than 30 minutes to finish anything. If it does, you’re not breaking the project up into enough chunks. Which will lead to stalling, your worst enemy.

Find something and move it across the finish line. Then do the same thing tomorrow. And the day after that. And so on.

If you’re still doing this in a month, you’re building something. Until then, you’re just managing tasks. Pick a few that are worth your time, and keep with them. Your work deserves this.

Bonus assignment

Was that too easy? Good. You’re growing. Next, I want you to build an essential tool every writer needs: a team. Every book I write, every site or project I launch has a team, a core group. You need one, too.

Pick a handful of people (no more than 20, but no fewer than two) and ask them to come “onboard” for a project you’re working on. What do you do with this team once you’ve assembled it? Anything you want.

Use this group to launch a book or proofread a piece or test your website. Start a conversation on a blog or in a coffee shop and find ways for everyone to help each other. Whatever you do, be specific. You’ll get what you ask for.

Building away. Brick by brick. Writing a book is not as glamorous as it sounds. Definitely not as glamorous as I envisioned it. It takes work and concentration. And I can see why many people start and do not finish. I am grateful for this Great Writers Series challenge because it's steering me in the right direction (which is a huge blessing because this space cadet can veer off oh-so-easily).

I'm so glad for the additional bonus challenge because I'm already in the process of the beginning fragments of a book so I'll be building for awhile. I absolutely love the idea of picking some people to be a part of the project though. Over the past few days, I've thrown out some questions online but haven't received many responses. Getting a select few together to see if they'd come on board to help out would be a valuable in this process. I definitely want to hear from others and document the different perspectives and experiences. 

So, stay tuned because you just may be one of the peeps I ask! :-)

I am a writer.
...who builds.

1 comment:

Alex said...

sign me up for "your team"!