When I was 10, my family went to New York City. We swam in a penthouse indoor pool. We stared up, holding hands, at the 10th floor observation deck of the Statue of Liberty. We ate at the Automat. We rode a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park.
And I wrote stories, poems, and a quick little skit to remember this journey.
It wasn’t so much a travelogue as it was a journey to figure out who I was amidst all the bustle of my family life. I still have that corduroy-covered journey, on whose inside back cover my best friend in the world, Missy, drew the behind of an elephant and the words “The End.”
On Monday, my 21 Day Writing Challenge launches, and everyone reading this blog should consider joining me. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer, here are 8 reasons why:
#1: You have an important story to tell, and you are probably not telling it.
We all shy away from grandstanding and boasting, but the truth is, you were born for the unique contributions you can bring to the world, and if you’re not fulfilling your destiny, it’s time to start. The best way to figure out who you are and why is to write. The words come from the deepest part of your soul.
#2: Sometimes it’s not cool to scream.
We all have days of pure anguish, arguments we’d rather erase, frustrations and feelings that need venting. Writing is a perfect, safe venue for all of that intense emotion. And the best part is, it doesn’t hurt anyone.
#3: No one else can say things quite like you.
If you didn’t know it before, you’ll surely figure it out when putting pen to paper. The way you weave words into sentences and thoughts into ideas will uniquely inspire others. If you take the time to sit down and get it out, that is.
#4: It feels good to focus on you.
How often do you take time out of your busy schedule to ponder the meaning of your life and listen to your own voice? This Challenge, as easy as it is, will give you prompts to start writing and if you even spend 5 minutes a day on it, it’s more than you’re giving yourself now.
#5: Your loved ones want to know you better.
What you record today will be a gift for tomorrow. When my grandparents were in their 70s and 80s, I sat down with them and a tape recorder and interviewed them about their stories. I learned more in those visits than I ever would have just spending time with them and creating memories. Their stories rounded out my sense of who they were and who I was in connection to them.
And when they died, I was so glad I’d recorded their wonderful stories when they were young and well.
#6: Your story may change someone’s life. Or your own.
Our society consumes memoirs with vigor. Everyone wants to peer into someone else’s life and glean lessons and inspirations. They also like to see that other people are, like them, real and human and frail and funny and strange.
#7: If you don’t set time to write, you’ll never do it.
Newspapers and magazines are hungry for stories from everyday folks like us. If we don’t carve out time to scribble our musings and insights, we can’t submit them for consideration. The daily publishing tips help you easily build relationships with editors on your road to getting published.
#8: It’s affordable and it comes with community.
This program only costs $99, and a built-in element is the private online group where you can connect, ask questions, get feedback and more. As you shuttle kids from here to there, race through to-do lists, cook dinner, do the laundry and fall into bed exhausted, who do you really connect with? Here’s a group of supportive, like-minded individuals ready to meet you.
So, are you going to write?
Join me. Only 3 days left to register.