The goal is to cultivate at daily writing habit that begins with a 5 to 20 minute warm-up exercise. I was inspired by Bret Anthony Johnston’s essay in Naming the World and other Exercises for the Creative Writer, “A Note About Daily Warm-Ups.” In it he says,
“I employ these warm-ups the way musicians practice scales, the way boxers work a speed bag, to heighten concentration and to awaken creativity. The narrative calisthenics have essentially no bearing on the major project at hand, but for all of their whimsy, they serve that deep and abiding purpose?: they purge everything from the writer’s mind except a concerted attention to language. They make it easier to get your butt in the chair, and to keep it there. (For this reason, they’re also terrific antidote for writer’s block. They bring your fingers to the keys, or your pen to the paper, without bias or expectations.)”How The Challenge Works:
Starting tomorrow, June 1st, a new daily writing warm-up exercise will be available each morning around 6am ( the prompts will be finished earlier and set to publish at 6am). Those participating will use the daily prompt to getting the writing flowing at the start of a writing session.
How To Participate:
1. Choose a Goal
The overall purpose of this challenge is to improve writing habits. This will look differently for each writer so three levels to choose from as a goal:
Bronze: Complete 10 days of writing-warm up exercises2. Sign Up
Silver: Complete 15 days of writing warm up exercises
Gold: Complete 25 days of writing warm up exercises
Signing up isn't necessary but it is helpful. Having others know you are participating in the challenge, even if it is strangers, helps keep you motived to keep your commitment. To sign-up leave a comment below along with your challenge level. You can sign up from now till June 20th.
There will be a new prompt every day in June. Use them as your warm-up writing exercise to meet your goal.
On days you use the prompt, leave a comment sharing your success. It can be as simple as "I did it." Or you can share your track record 5 out of 20 accomplished. If you have a blog where you share writing leave a link to the corresponding results.
I am trying for the gold level, 25 days of writing that start with a warm-up exercise.