Do you know a creative person who could use a little daily nudge? (Maybe you?)
“This is an amazing resource for writers – it’s funny, it’s true, it’s inspirational and it’s not like anything you’ve ever read before. Sam’s wit will astonish you…I alternated between deep breaths, tears and laughing out loud. True confession: this book helped me finish my book!” – Amy Ahlers, The Wake-Up Call Coach and bestselling author of, “Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar”
OK, Here’s the first 52:
#1: Set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes and write until it goes off.
#2: Write a check for $500 made payable to a political party or cause with whom you violently disagree and give it to a friend. Tell that friend that if you do not present them with a completed draft by a certain date, they must mail that check.
#3: Don’t wait to feel confident. The arrival of the idea, “I should write” is your engraved invitation to write, and the recurrence of the idea is as much certainty as anyone ever has.
#4: Wake up at 3am and write.
#5: Today, write in the style of someone you admire.
# 6: No coffee until you write for 15 minutes.
#7: No games until you write for 15 minutes.
# 8: No email until you write for 15 minutes.
# 9: No booze until you write for 15 minutes.
#10: Take the worst book/movie/TV show/(other) you’ve ever seen and write the good version.
#11: It’s either write or call your mother. One or the other.
#12: Tomorrow doesn’t exist. You can’t write tomorrow. You can only write today.
#13: Your guardian angel has a big surprise for you, but only if you write today.
#14: Call a good friend and tell them that you are about to write for a certain amount of time, and that you will call them again at the end of that time and report what you wrote. P.S. Choice of friend is critical in this one.
#15: Making time for the projects that are important to you (and, perhaps, not so important to your boss, your family or the other time-demanders in your life) is bone-crushingly difficult. Prove your backbone.
#16: Think of your fans!
#17: Remember that even great works are just so-so in places.
#18: Your physical, mental and spiritual health is 100% dependent on your writing today.
#19: No writing = no flirting on Facebook.
#20: Your rival is writing.
#21: Admit defeat. Give up. Lay down on the floor in front of your desk until you absolutely have to get up and write.
#22: Drive to a nearby town and write.
#23: Join a writer’s group. Preferably one that is populated by people you admire.
#24: Go to the library and write.
#25: Try handwriting, block printing, calligraphy or cursive for 15 minutes and notice the effect on your work.
#26: Schedule a reading and send out the invitations.
#27: Let your writing be your spiritual practice. It’s not work; it’s worship.
#28: Set the kitchen timer for five minutes. Then stand in front of your desk and yell out loud all the reasons you don’t want to do this. Be loud. Repeat yourself. Leave no whine unturned. Keep going until you’ve said absolutely everything at least twice. Then notice how much time is left on the timer. Then write.
#29: If you don’t write, all that pain and heartbreak will have been for nothing.
#30: Imagine your creative self as a delicate, fragile creature – you must do whatever is necessary to make it safe and easy for this frail thing to write.
#31: Call to mind someone you love who has died. Write for them.
#32: The interviewer asks, “So, how long did this work of genius take you to complete?” What do you want your answer to be?
#33: You are not yet too old to write, but someday you will be.
#34: Pretend that computer and video games (yes, even solitaire) cause an insidious brain-numbing virus that will completely destroy all of your creativity forever and ever if you play them for even just one minute. Write instead.
#35: Think of one nice, affordable treat that you’ll give yourself the minute you finish writing today.
#36: It is your destiny to write today. Why fight fate?
#37: You are the unreliable narrator of your own life and work. Only your readers know the truth.
#38: Write the back cover, including blurbs from other writers you love and admire.
#39: Imagine you ten years ago admiring how cool you are now, and how proud “you” are that you’re a real writer.
#40: Cultivate randomness and chaos. Start in the middle.
#41: Go ahead – melt the stars.
#42: Turn off all the lights and write by the light of one candle.
#43: Imagine telling someone (Your boss? Your parent? Your kids?) that you just got a BIG advance.
#44: Writing is one hell of a magic trick: you can actually make people think of things just by putting the words in front of them. Wow.
#45: Get a big belt and physically strap yourself to the chair.
#46: Procrastination is the thief of integrity.
#47: Walk to the coffee shop, write for 15 minutes, walk home.
#48: No talking – not one word – until you write.
#49: Write in bed before you go to sleep.
#50: Write in bed before you get up.
#51: Set an easily achievable word-count goal for today and for the next three days. Rinse. Repeat.
#52: Try to use your powers for good, OK?
“Samantha Bennett gets right to the truth. 365 Reasons to Write is more than just a clever menu of witticisms of why writers should write; it’s more than just a humorous indictment of the debilitating fear that rears its ugly head whenever we writers must face that evil blinking cursor, or that spiteful sheet of blank paper…No, 365 Reasons to Write is a new testament of sorts – the gospel truth, the good news! It reminds us that whatever excuse you or I have come up with not to write, someone else has already used it, exposed it, measured it and disposed of it. So go ahead, read this book for the chuckle- there are plenty in here. But after you’ve had that good laugh, use Bennett’s insights to inspire you to sit yourself in the chair and start exercising your creativity.” – Phil Swann, composer and author of “The Mozart Conspiracy”