Two years ago I discovered an amazing little writing community. These crazy gals were writing for 31 straight days – the entire month of October. They were writing about big topics and little topics, creative topics and serious topics. WHAT they were writing didn’t matter as long as they WROTE THE WORDS.
I figured I’d try it. Why not, right? I’d pick a topic and run with it and see if I could actually complete the challenge – by far the most words in a row I’d ever presented on this blog.
In 2013 I wrote a series called “31 Days of Community” and through it, I realized I had this deep and abiding love for life lived with others – a surprise to this introvert, but a realization that shaped what and how I wrote for the rest of that year.
In 2014 I wrote a series called “31 Days of Encouraging Conversations” based around the free printable prayer cards I offer to my email subscribers. I was an over-achiever, y’all – there were videos with other people and all kinds of things. It was so much fun, though, because it felt like I was hosting a dinner party & introducing old friends to new friends, all of whom have a huge heart for encouragement.
I don’t know yet what I’ll be writing about this year. But I should probably figure it out, because I’m going to have even more work to do this year. Several months ago a dear friend emailed and asked if I would take something off her plate. After hosting the challenge for six years, she wanted to say “no” to make room for some other projects she wanted to pursue, and wondered if I would say “yes.”
Nester has gifted me the honor of managing the Write 31 Days community. And I said “yes,” because words are my happy place, and this challenge has changed how I write. So, just like last year, if you want to join a crazy group of writers who commit to publishing content every day for 31 days in the month of October, you can sign up here to make sure you don’t miss any announcements.
We’ll hang out on Facebook in the meantime, and every Wednesday in September you can join me live for a Periscope (@crystalstine) where we’ll do 31 Days Q&A, tips & encouragement leading up to October 1st when the linky goes live.
And in November, if you want, I’ll guide you through everything you need to know to turn your 31 Days content into an eBook that you can offer on Amazon, or gift to your email subscribers.
What Nester has created is beautiful and simple and fun and I have no intention of changing what she’s started. It’s a privilege to be trusted with it, and I do very much hope you’ll join me this year!