This post is part of the 31 Day Ninja Writer Challenge. If you’d like to see all of the challenges in this series, see this post.
This is a writing challenge — so starting out with an assignment to write every single day for the next month is a no-brianer, right?
If you develop a daily writing habit, eventually you’ll write a book. You’ll build a body of work. You’ll build a career, if that’s what you want.
Sure, it’s important to learn the mechanics of good writing. That’s easier to do if you are implementing what you are learn on a daily basis. So, your first act of business in this challenge is simple.
Write every day for at least ten minutes on a single project.
The single project bit is there because I want you to see how much work you can get done in even small amounts of time over the course of a month. You can start something new. Maybe a short story? If you’re already working on a novel, just keep on keeping on.
And the goal is so small, only ten minutes, because I want you to know you can do this no matter how busy you are. And also, I want you to notice how clear it becomes that your biggest hurdle is getting started. I’m willing to bet that there will be very few days this month where you actually stop at ten minutes.
There’s a tool that really helps me to organize my writing time. I call it a daily docket. You can read more about how I use it here.
A Simple System for Keeping Your Right Brain in Line
Daily and weekly dockets work better for me than a planner.
If you fill out this form, I’ll send you a printable daily docket:
If you’d like printable dated daily and weekly dockets, you can become a $10 patron over at Patreon. Either way, download, print, and fill out this week’s and today’s docket. Make sure to build in your ten minutes of writing time.
DAY ONE ASSIGNMENT
Write for ten minutes today, and every day for the next 31 days. Your writing should be on a single project throughout the month. It can be something new or a work-in-progress.
Download your daily docket and print 31 copies. Start using it today.
Come on over to Facebook and let us know where you’re carving ten minutes out of your day for writing. What you stay out loud, you’re more likely to do. Also, I’d love to hear about your project!
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Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the original Ninja Writer.