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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

Great Writers PracticeThis is Day 4 in the Great Writers Series. Follow along on Facebook for additional resources and discussion.

Real writers practice. They show up, every day, without excuse or complaint (okay maybe some complaint). This is the work of a professional.

I’m not talking about rehearsal. I’m talking about doing what musicians and boxers and lion tamers all do in order to get ready for their work. To become awesome at their crafts.

They practice in public

In other words, they perform. They go to work. Get stuff done. They stop stalling and playing around and actually do the stuff.

Writing should be no different. You should be no different.

Okay, this is it. No more dress rehearsals or dialogue. No more coffee dates to commiserate with your peers. Enough talking; start doing.

Time to get to work. Show us what you got.

The challenge

Find a way to practice in public. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pitch a magazine you want to write for. Follow some of the templates in You Are a Writer. This article might help, too.
  • Ask a friend (or stranger) to guest post on his/her blog. Here’s another useful post.
  • Publish something on your blog you’ve never shared with anyone. Take a risk (we’ll be doing more of this soon).
  • Submit that book proposal. Don’t “work on it.” Finish it. Send it off. And say a little prayer.

Whatever you do, don’t do nothing

I know that’s a double negative, but it’s worth breaking a rule for. Nothing is the worst thing you can do. Because it’s passive. And writing is active. It requires your fully conscious self. You need to show up and show us your gift.

Until you do that, you’re just practicing in private. Playing around. Kidding yourself. Don’t do that. It’s time to put your work out there — not because you’ll succeed. Quite the opposite, in fact. You’ll probably fail. And in the failure you can learn.

So do it. Now. Today. Fail fast, and then tell us what you learned. This will be messy, no question about it. That’s okay. Because practice doesn’t make perfect; practice makes habits.

Bonus tool: If you need some help putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), grab this writing worksheet with six exercises to help you.

What does practice look like for you? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Jeff, I practice every day. I have an article submitted for a totally different kind of article than I write on my blog.

    • Way to diversify, Larry. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pamela Karina

    Yesterday, I didn’t woke up. Today I did and I practice. I actually have a list of articles that I want to submit to blogs/magazines and I’m trying to get over the whole rejection factor.

    Perseverance is beautiful too, so no matter the amount of rejections, the important thing is to keep trying. 🙂

    • Tracy Brininstool

      Love your last line and totally agree!!!

    • Exactly Pamela!  Anyone who achieved anything great did it mostly through perserverance.  There’s the practice of celebrating the ‘no’s’ because each one brings you closer to another ‘yes.’  You’ll be surprised at how many ‘yeses’ are out there waiting for you to claim them.

      • Pamela Karina

        Thanks! I try to keep that in mind, always. Some days are better than others. 

  • Aidan Larson

    Hi everybody,
    Today I sent in a proposal to two magazines and reached out to a fellow blogger whom I admire. And I’ve gone back to doing the posts that my readers seem to enjoy most. All before 10 am. I’m loving these early mornings.
    Keep up the good work.
    Bon courage,
    Aidan

    • MTereasa

       You go, girl! You inspire me.

    •  Fan-tastic!  Bon courage to you too, mon ami!

  • Practice usually starts in my mind, since time is limited. But, I try either at the beginning of the day or at the end to do at least a little writing. Sometimes, I just tell a short story through a drawing. However, last night, I posted to my blog something I haven’t ever written and posted. So, I accidentally jumped ahead. I will consider how I can do this again. Jeff, I love the practice doesn’t make perfect it makes better. My version is practice makes stronger, love makes perfect. Anyway, to share last night’s post (somewhat timidly) https://rndm.us/8o . I am writing again today. This time a little earlier.

    • dekem

      I’d also got ahead of Jeff.

  • MTereasa

     You did not mention this, but the thing I need to get over is writing a request for sponsorship.  This is the day! Next? Magazine article. Thanks for the help!

  • Along these lines, just came across this quote today: A small, daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules (Anthony Trollope).
    My greatest fear is of reading out loud to others (in a writers’ group) and submitting.  Guess I’ll have to work on this, as practice (of rejection) makes stronger.

  • dekem

    Ahead of you, Jeff. Only just read this in my email and I’d already posted on my blog. I’m following the 40 day Soul Fast as well as this (am I biting off more than I can chew? actually they complement one another, so some overlap) & I’d promised my followers weekly updates. Being honest with folks as to why I’m doing the ‘fast’ (it’s not about not eating). Already had one comment from a previous pastor who’s tweeted the link.
    Keep the awesome stuff coming, Jeff.
    Sandra

    • In my experience, biting a little more off than we can chew is the only way our jaws get stronger. It’s how we grow.

    • Can you tell us more about this 40 day Soul Fast?? I’m intrigued!

      • dekem

        It’s a book that’s sold on amazon, and elsewhere, at:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/40-Day-Soul-Fast-PB/dp/0768440262/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339199332&sr=1-1 
        that’s amazon uk, it’s also on amazon.com and kindle. There’s also a website: http://www.soulfast.com

        the blurb says: What does it mean to be an authentic person? In The 40-Day Soul Fast, Dr. Cindy
        Trimm explains the 40 characteristics of an authentic person–one who lives from
        who they are, not who they’re told to be. With daily doses of soul-searching
        wisdom, she carries the reader on a journey of self-discovery and healing. With
        extensive words of wisdom scattered throughout–both from great human minds and
        from the Scriptures–this is the most thought-provoking, life-changing
        devotional you may ever read!

        • Sounds interesting. Pressfield covers the same topic in Turning Pro.

          • Have just got the sample on kindle – will check it out – also The War of Art – first lines of lines of the foreword about procrastination makes me think that was written for me too.

  • Okay. This is really, really hard.

    This is something that I tweeted this morning. “Some days your the windshield. Some days your the bug. Either way, we all need encouragement. Find someone to encourage today.”

    I posted a story this morning on my blog “Is Freedom Self-Evident”. It’s more hard hitting.

    Yesterday, I posted this story. “1 proposal Plus 3 Helpful Friends Equals a Great Memory”. This one is a really fun loving story.

    Here is the hard part. When I’m creating courses for teaching I can get immediate feedback. Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s not. But, it comes fast. And, there are always the people that I work with: we encourage each other.

    I made the decision to get serious about becoming a novelist this past January. It’s a different world.  The feedback and encouragement is different. At times it is really good. But, there are other times when it gets very hard.

    Right now, I’m trying a certain style of writing on my blog. This is what my friends encouraged me to write. I’m passionate about it and it’s close to my heart. The challenge is that I’m getting no feedback from it. Now, the doubts are coming in.

    I really like what Jeff said. “I AM A WRITER!” And, when I am a writer. I write. Be a professional. Take a risk. Yesterday and today, this has been a real struggle for me.

    Here’s to waking up every morning and writing what’s on your mind! This is what was on mine.  And, I’m sharing it with 900 of my closest friends.

    I hope that everyone else has a FABULOUS Friday!

    • Dude, you are kicking butt and taking names! 

      I agree:  ‘take a risk’.   As writers, we have to establish a new normal for ourselves.  It’s time to think, write and act “out of the box”.  ‘Cuz some of us (like me) have been trapped in the box for way too long.

      Have a fantastic day.  And thanks for sharing what’s on your heart!

    •  I read some of your blog. It totally rocks!

      • Love how you all encourage each other.

        • You’ve definitely built the community for it, Jeff. 

        • Thanks for making it possible Jeff.

        • Thanks for creating an atmosphere where we all have the opportunity to learn and encourage each other. The feedback and encouragement that I received yesterday was amazing helpful! I’m looking forward to learning more on Monday.

          Have a great weekend!

      • Very kind. Thank you!

    •  I’ve just read several of the posts on your blog, and I’m awed by your writing style!  I’m following you now, so you can’t back down and just “do nothing.”  More is what I want to read.  A FABULOUS Friday to you too.

    • I like your style, your voice and your message.  Keep on sharing, please.

    •  You have a gift for clarity that comes through in your writing. Keep writing and the responses are sure to follow. I know there are many blogs I go to and thoroughly enjoy but the truth is I am also pressed for time on most days so I neglect leaving a comment. My bad since that is a tangible way to show appreciation.  Your post here has challenged me to take a minute or two simply to say “Well done” or “That was great”! Enjoy the wekend in your part of the world!

      • I really appreciated you sharing this. Thanks

    • Stephanie A. Warren

      I’ve been struggling with the lack of feedback problem myself recently. It’s really tough knowing if you’re making a difference to anyone (besides yourself) if no one responds. It creates an opening for self-doubt to come in and you start asking yourself if it is worth doing.

      I think you and I both know that it is worth doing, we just have to stick with it.

      • Stephanie,

        It is really nice that I’m not the only one who struggles with this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Not messing around, are we??  For yesterday’s challenge, I wrenched 1124 fictional words out of my fingers, and it was HARD!  

    As for practicing, I’ve been blogging to a schedule consistently for almost a year, and I have conducted several intentional experiments.  I’ve never shared any fiction though, so…I posted a bonus post this morning with a raw draft excerpt from the story I re-started yesterday.  It’s a mess, and it terrified me to hit publish.

    https://riverofthoughts.com/writing/zombies-are-all-the-rage/

    •  Proud of you Christine! I wrote about Zombies, from a different direction a week ago. https://bobholmes.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-quit-living-like-zombie.html

      Keep up the good work!

      • nicely done, Bob.

      • That’s a great post, Bob.  I’m a huge fan of all the resources you posted, and that Quitter trailer is actually what kicked me in the butt a little over a year ago!  I used to say “I’m a project manager, but I want to be a writer.”  Now, I’m a writer who gets paid during the day to manage projects.  Yay!

        •  Oh wow – what a great turn of phrase, and change of attitude! I love it. I’m checking out that book NOW.

        •  Bob Goff in “Love Does” speaks of his day job as fundraising for his projects. (My words not his).

          • Yes, Jackie, he does….I LOVE that concept and his book!

  • Got up a little after 5:30 a.m. today, got to writing about 15 mintues and did the thing that scares me. Admittedly, I’ve discussed what I posted with some people and have alluded to it at times on Twitter. But my post today reveals in detail a family secret which had a profound impact on me as I grew up and from which I’m still recovering – My late mom was a hoarder.
    Here’s the post: https://thepaulsims.posterous.com/confessions-of-a-hoarders-son-part-i

    • I look forward to the next installment. Vert interesting piece!

    • Sometimes writing is the best form of therapy available.

      I hope and pray that you can put the past behind you.  You have so much to offer the world through your writing. 

    • Tina Barbour

      A powerful post, beautifully written!

    •  Paul, writing is a great healer.  I’m currently drafting a memoir about a difficult family relationship, and I know that letting those secrets out of the closet can be scary but that act of letting things out can be freeing at the same time.  Keep writing and healing.

    • Thanks everyone! I’ll probably work on the next post on Monday and see what I get. I’d forgotten I’d written about the day we found Mom before but I plan to write that moment anew for this challenge.

    • Over the past few months, I’ve experienced tremendous healing because of my willingness to put things down in words. It’s tough – I get it. What a blessing though that somehow you found the courage to get it out there. Now that it’s out, don’t let anyone try and make you question why you shared. Your story is YOUR story. 🙂 

  • You’re getting serious fast, aren’t you? Ok, so I got up and wrote again this morning, but didn’t feel ready to post it – so after reading your challenge, I posted a blog entry. Kind of held my breath and then hit the post button. I usually mull over my writing much longer than that – so it was very scary to just post. But it’s the only way to be more accountable. Thanks for all the inspiration.

    • Tracy Brininstool

      Loved your blog entry!!!  Your entry made me think of a post Jon Acuff wrote recently.  I know yours was more about not slowing down to be present in the moment, but his was about how technology (ipads, iphones, camera phones etc) always have us trying to “capture” the moment, and not actually living the moment.  Both of you are right on, each day is such a blessing, it really does take some effort for us to slow down and make sure we are truly there to enjoy it.  Hope you have many perfect moments today. 😉

      •  I read that one and had to laugh at the picture. Thanks for the kind words!

    • yep. we’re not messing around here. 🙂

  • For me practice is my blog. I write 3x a week. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because it’s my safe zone, where my “fans” are, those who like me and follow me, even with a typo (or two.)  

    When I seek publication, there is where the real work is, making it “perfect” as possible before I ship it. I’ve taken more risks this year than ever, with success! I plan to keep it up. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • you’re welcome. hope to see you take even more risks, Kelly!

  • I just came across this quote: “In school we learn lessons before we take the test. In life we take the test before we learn the lesson.” Here’s to all of us going out and living the life of a writer. Good luck with today’s challenge.
     
    Thanks for being awesome, Jeff, and encouraging others to be too. 

  • Such an appropriate analogy to musicians, Jeff! This weekend I have to play my harp at a festival (making it happen in public), so writing is on hold until after Sunday at 2:00 so I can prep that performance.

    BUT after that I don’t play the harp (in public) for a while…so it’s going to be finding ways to write (in public)!

    Everybody here is just KICKING it. I’m sitting here in such admiration.

    • It is a great analogy for musicians. I practiced guitar for hours by myself, but it wasn’t until I was forced to play in front of people that I really started to get good. 

    • agreed. i’m amazed at the community. btw, i’m a musician. i know the difference between jamming at home and playing a show.

    •  Training for a race does the same to a runner.  I run alone but the proof shows when I pay the fee, do the work and show up and put it all into practice. PR’s don’t just happen. Writing and running with 3 teens. I am all in!

    • Yea, I’m a singer/songwriter. When we practice in public, we learn that we can be creative anywhere.  PS: I love your harp!

  • (And P.S. – I think I have a new writing group in the works!!!)

  • I realized yesterday just how much fear is alive and kicking in me as I awaited word of whether my guest post was “good enough”. It was and I need to learn to trust in my own abilities. I didn’t think that I “play around” with my writing, but I do. I really do. So, this morning I got up 30 minutes earlier and wrote before I ran. Tomorrow, I’ll do the same thing but more deliberately–not just blog posts, but something bigger-ish. This is good stuff you’re challenging us with, Jeff! 

  • Tracy Pratt

    I’ve just begun “You are a Writer”. I know that – I am a writer. I am an artist, too. So that makes me a writist 🙂 But the world doesn’t know that, because I fear not being good enough. Good enough for what? The more accurate question is am I good enough for me. I have to be at peace with me to go beyond journaling and dreaming, my practice spaces. Consistently posting on my blog would be my first step practicing in public. You wrote “Imaginative ideas and potential projects are not creating but dreaming”. Glad to know I am not alone. I am dream junkie :-). Really my first step would be informing people I have a blog – paperplatestudio.com.

  • Here I’m writing about being lost in Guatemala, and BAM! You lower the boom. This is going to be really hard.  Let me make it a little easier. To all you introverts, which is probably most of us, my blog’s open. Now,  off to work, so I can’t respond til this evening. My little plants are calling me;-) This is so awesome!

  • Practice in public… Hmmmm….  For me, it has to be more than putting it on my blog. My challenge, for me, is to submit a poem, somewhere, anywhere. Here goes!

  • I’m working on a post for a friend’s blog that I will have finished this weekend. I have also been asked to guest post by my writing teacher! That’s super exciting. My next two articles will also published this month on https://stillstandingmag.com! So, I’m practicing in public already, I think! Woo-hoo!

  • on our blog today, I share a very vulnerable account of my abortion and how God redeemed one of the ugliest choices in my life:
    https://iwokeupyesterday.com/2012/06/07/inseparable-the-secret-that-kept-me-stuck-by-tammy-bolt-werthem/

    • Wow. Thanks for being brave, Tammy.

    • ashleigh dean

      Wow, thank you for your honesty and boldness. I hurt with you through the first part of the blog post, and then rejoiced with you in your redemption. 

    • Daniela

      Thank for being brave. I shared my story on abortion in January, very publicly for an online magazine, then I shared it on the platform at our church. Being brave and sharing sets women free that are silently living in shame. During this God gave me Isaiah 61. The whole chapter felt like a love letter from God. It’s for you to. God bless you. xo

      • TammyBoltWerthem

         thanks Daniela…would love to read your article

  • I’m so glad I submitted the guest post I was trying to finish up before I read this. 🙂

    Even with that little victory, I do think I need to hustle on this a bit more. I’ve felt convicted about trying to write some guest posts for some “bigger” platforms; places where I might get rejected. I’ve had some ideas bouncing around and I think it’s time to get serious about it. 

    This is only day four, and this is flipping hard. It ain’t gonna get any easier from here on out, is it? Shoot…

    • I’m with you, Jamie.  I have at least four half-done guest posts sitting in my drafts and a couple more done-done ones, but I’m too chicken to make the ask…the timing is never quite right.

      As for it being hard, I think you’re right.  But they say nothing worth having or doing is easy, right?  Congrats on finishing the guest post!  

      • Thanks! At least you have drafts written! That’s a definite step in the right direction. 

      • Well, the post I wrote yesterday was called “Redheads, Unite!” and you look like a lovely redhead, so. . .here’s an open invitation to guest for me sometime. Just ask. Timing, schmiming. Whenever you’re ready.

        • Wow, Christina, thanks!  I love to read as much as I love to write – a guest post for you would be a blast!  I’ll tweet you to arrange!

          • Christina Lasswell

            Definitely! :0)

    • Nope. 🙂 Actually, the more we practice together, the less strenuous some of this stuff will become. To see what I mean, read this: https://goinswriter.com/effortless-writing/

  • I’ve never been very good at the cold call guest posts.  This certainly takes me out of my comfort zone.    I’m certain it’s the fear of rejection that holds me back.  Thanks for the challenge to take a risk.  The worst they could say is no…and that’s really okay. 

    • Go for it!  Be confident- you can do it- you are a WRITER, remember?

  • At first I thought “practice in public, what does he mean? I already publish a blog.”

    And then I got honest with myself.

    There is a story I am meant to write. I know it because every time I think about finishing and sending it to a publisher the ugly, gut-twisting fear monster rears its head.

    It’s time to pick up my pen and slay the dragon.

    • Awesome and amen.

      • I just spent the last hour stalling on my really scary project by working on and submitting a still-pretty-scary guest post proposal for a fantastic blog. So, tiny dragon tamed, check. Big dragon? Still mocking me.

  • I’ve started the “doing it in public” stuff, and so far, so good.  I’m hardly an introvert and probably too much of an extrovert at times.  I figure everyone will always love to read what I have to say….. 😉

    There is one “going out on a limb but why not” letter I need to write this weekend- that thing that scares me because it doesn’t seem reasonable or practical but I’ll never know unless I try. So, when I get a quiet moment, I shall write said letter and send it off.  And wait.  And if what I’m proposing in that letter ever comes through, you can be sure you will all know about it post haste!

  • Hey, Jeff, I clicked on the logo on your email today and it took me to a You Cannot Be Serious page with John MacEnroe (
    https://goinswriter.com/great-writers-practice/) That page invited me to let you know I’d experienced an Error 404 by contacting you through Contacts. But I couldn’t see Contacts. So I’m letting you know here.

    Very well-written piece, as always, incidentally.

  • Today I chose to “Share something I’ve never shared before” on my blog.  Took me fifteen minutes toget the courage to hit the publish button when I finished it.  If you want to see, it’s here:  jkflickinger.wordpress.com   It’s my truth for all the e-world to see.

    • Judith – Wow.  I read your post.  And wow.  It was cut-to-the-bone honest.  Nicely done.

      Perhaps picking a slip out of the fishbowl is the way to go.  But…may I offer:  where is your heart leading you?  Is a random drawing the way to go?  I don’t know.  You know.

      Something to think about:  “The truth shall set you free.”

      • I’ve thought of that and the problem is really that I love all those stories.  Each have their own value and fun, warts and all.  That’s why I thought of the random draw. I will be sure to let everyone know the results.  The one thing I do know…my heart is begging me to begin writing again.

        •  Ahhh, then follow your heart.  And write 

          Have a great weekend!!

    • EIleen C Wright

      I understand having so many ideas going at once.  I have trouble with follow through too.  So many unfinished ideas jumbled together in partial documents.   You can finish this one!

    • Hey!  I think you’re me!  Seriously, I see a lot of myself in your post, except the singing part.  

  • I’m writing, learning and growing in ways I never dreamed possible. I didn’t even know I was a writer a year ago. Now looking back, it’s no wonder I was miserable and felt incomplete not writing. 

  • Going to pick something on the list and DO IT. Because I’m a lion tamer. Raawwwwrrrrr.

  • @JaneofAustralia

    A serendipitous moment. An unknown expectation was coming up in Day 4, the body went into melt down and an unexpected request for me to write for HNSS.

    This is how it happened: https://theavalonjournals.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/day-4-professional/

    This is what they published:
    https://hnssydney.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/book-bloopers-picture-it.html

    My road may be different to your, but hey, I am walking it.
    Isn’t this a great opportunity. Thanks Jeff, and all who are participating. Type on!

  • I just need to say that this is such a fun and encouraging place to visit. I am having the time of my life and we’re only four days in! Can’t wait for the next 11. The 15 habits email is the first thing I read in the morning.

    • Agreed.  Cant wait for the next 11 days.

    • I feel the same way.  It’s challenging, but I’m having a total blast.  I tend to waste more time than I should on dumb facebook games, and actually caught myself tonight thinking, “Why am I playing this when I could be writing?”  I think my perspective is finally starting to shift.

      •  I hear you!  In his book, “The War of Art,” Pressfield has a little section on this.  What does your life look like when you’re giving in to Resistance and not doing the creative work you were called to do?  You’re easily bored, restless, feel frustrated and discontented, and–this is what hit home for me–you fill your time doing useless crud like surfing the internet, FB, etc. rather than face your fear and create.  Pressfield actually calls this “hell”, and he’s right.  It is.

        Man oh man, that was like a ray of the proverbial sunshine.  It almost moved me to tears.  That described my life to a T!  And when I read it to my husband, he agreed that we were both living that way.  That’s what finally made us get up and get moving on our web-based ministry.  We knew that we didn’t want to be one of those who, as Thoreau so eloquently put it,  “live lives of quiet desperation”.  Instead, we wanted to live out his other words: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life,… and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  So we are, slowly but surely, liberating ourselves and forcing ourselves to get serious about our creative plans.  It’s working; we both feel much more at peace and excited about the future than we have in a long time.

        Ok, Thoreau is one of my favorite authors, so I’m going to throw out a couple of more quotes to encourage everybody.

        ” I have learned, that if one advances confidently in
        the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has
        imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
        ”  (I memorized that in high school because I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever read.  I still do.)

        “A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I
        must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by
        reading, I must finish by acting.”  Amen!   Thank you, Mr. Pressfield, and thank you, Jeff, for your great posts!

        • Love it! Is it fair to say that my job is forced Resistance–Resistance that I HAVE to give in to? I’ve gotten so in the mood to write, and prefer to do it during the day rather than at night–I’d much rather read and play at night. Reminder to self. Pick up “The War of Art”. Sounds like a good companion read to Jeff’s book!

        • Oh, and how does one visit your web-based ministry?

      • Same here. Although, sometimes when I’m playing or surfing, I’m really thinking. I tend to spend a lot of time thinking before I write. I sort of write in my head before I write on a screen or on paper–it’s the way I’ve always worked. I do the same thing at work.

      • I used to do the same until this challenge.  Now, I’ve blocked them so I don’t get any requests.  This is the kind of stimulation/motivation I’ve needed for far too long.

  • Practice for me is showing up. Man, today I woke early again. I had a breakthrough and blogged about it this morning. My practice is committing to blogging while writing my book. 

  • Yup! Practice doesn’t makes us perfect, Practice only bring improvement in us. And i’m practicing a lot to improve my writing, my art.  

  • Shari

    I finally started my first book proposal.  It’s been lurking for years (different topics marinating).  I’m overwhelmed, scared and feeling that “Who do I think I am?” feeling.  I’ve been a writer for 20+ years, but only in private, except for a couple blogs that perhaps my audience is too small.

    At 47, I just finished my Masters and my advisor/professor encouraged me to submit my thesis idea to a publisher.  Her words were, “I see a book in you.”  These were probably the most influential words ever told to me.

    I’m following your guidance, Jeff.

    Shari

  • Kirsten LaBlanc

    Ok… I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m terrified. But, I am doing it anyway. I just wrote a post to submit to a blog I love.  I still need to proof read it

  • I am writing something for a magazine now and I am more nervous than when I asked for my first guest blog post six months ago. Any volunteers to give feedback on the article’s first draft before I chop it to bits and lose  my courage? 

    • Dayna:  I would love to review your first draft.  If I can have the weekend to look it over, then let’s do it!  You can find contact information on my blog.

      • Sorry Michael. Went to the site, but could not find your contact info. I will send you a tweet. 

        •  Dayna – Contact info is on the Contact tab (far, upper-right corner).  No worries!  I’ll connect with you.

        •  My email:  michael @ themakegoodchoicesproject.org

  • Jeff, first of all, I’ve followed you for some time now, but I must say this series is thought provoking and challenging.  I’ve made a decision to approach my book draft from a changed perspective, which will require some rewriting perhaps, so today I’m taking a leap and starting a new blog which will roll out an entirely different thought process as I write.  I’m going to begin writing letters as a small child and on into adulthood to a verbally and emotionally abusive parent.  That parent manipulated me so that I never felt loved, affirmed, confident.  So, it has been a struggle, now in my 60s to get the words down.  I think writing from another perspective, letters substituting for the talking that was never done, will allow me to extract memories and words I might otherwise not find.  So as not to give away too much I won’t be posting on my current blog my plans for this exercise in case it really works and I find it takes off in the right direction!  Stay tuned . . . .

  • Hey #15habits community members!  If any of you would like to guest post on my blog (which is just getting started) I would love to consider your story.

    I’m looking for positive, make-good-choice-related pieces.  Many of you have great success stories.  I have read them. I know!  Teens (and adults) NEED to hear stories of triumph.  My blog may be a good place to share your message. 

    Let me know if you’re interested.  You can find complete guest-post guidelines here: https://www.themakegoodchoicesproject.org/guest-post/

    Thanks,
    Michael

    • Lisa R

      Michael, I have read many of the encouraging comments you have given to others as this challenge started and have been to your blog. I very much like your premise. If you get a minute, I would appreciate your thoughts on my post. Thank you.   https://writewhatyouknowdotorg.wordpress.com/.

      • Lisa – I promise to read it and share my thoughts with you.  It’s a busy evening…so bear with me.  I will keep my promise.  Thanks for asking!

        • Lisa R

          Thanks Michael, and don’t stress. 🙂  Whenever you can is fine.

  •  “Until you do that, you’re just practicing in private. Playing around. Kidding
    yourself.”

    Now THAT is something to ruminate. How seriously do I take this “hidden” passion. And hidden it is since over the past 15 years most of my writing has either been done in my head or in the form of correction on my kids home school work and college applications!

    As much as I WANT to take this more seriously the hesitation looms over me like a dark cloud on a “chance of passing thunderstorms”. You know, the kind that allows some sunshine and great vision then  all of a sudden nothing but clouds, rain, and distracting thunder noises. My life is full of many kinds of distraction that I allow to take precedence over my writing.

    I think I will use the above as a writing prompt and post it. This way all the world can see my struggle as well as desire…something I have not yet posted anywhere…though I have whined about it to the hubby a lot.
    Good luck to all you Habit writers. Writing something we have never shared with the world can be quite intimidating!

  • Today I am sharing a short piece of Fiction that I wrote, after reading Joe Buntings prompt yesterday, at the write practice.  I am scared but I am letting go because whether you reject my writing or love it, I know that I have to let go.  To experience the fear at the edge of the cliff and jump, hoping but not safe in the knowledge that I will be caught.

    Thank you again Jeff for this series.

  • Alicecrumbs

    Jeff Goins you have a lot to answer for! And I can’t believe I’m actually doing what you tell me!

    I’ve just emailed the editor of a number of magazines and pitched an article based on a series I’m writing about including children with disabilities in church. I would never, ever have done this if you hadn’t told me to do it – I’m so easily led!

    I promised myself and my husband that I would enjoy this and not be stressed out by it. So far I’m having a brilliant time and feeling brave and scared all at once!

  • I’ll agree that putting your writing out there for everyone to see is important because feedback is important. 

  • Broderick

    What does practice look like to me? Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard, edit, revise, do again and again and then hit “send” before the self-imposed deadline. And the self-imposed deadline is always based on what makes me sweat. 

  • Jeff, I’ve been taking the next word from your list and writing my blog post about it the day before your newsletter comes out.  I have this feeling that if I wait until after I’ve read your clear-sighted take on each word from the list, I’ll be afraid to post mine.  I’ve been published in a few magazines, am becoming consistent with posts in both my blogs, and I still fear that what I have to say is nowhere near good enough to sit side by side with your words.

    My take on your list will always be a bit irreverent.  Maybe that’s the nature of my beast.  I have no problem believing I’m a writer.  So I have to dig deep and discover how to uproot this fear that writers I admire and respect will feel my writing is superficial. 

    Actually, I just realized I have to admit, there are other areas of my life where that doubt reigns as well.

    These fifteen days, and this community are going to be life-changing in ways I did not expect.  Thank you, Jeff.  Thank you, to everyone participating and encouraging your fellow writers.

    • Thank you for participating.

    • Suzanne, what you have to say is well said and so helpful to many people, even if not many tell you that. I’m beginning to believe all authors doubt how good they are, and that might be what marks a great writer. For one to totally believe they are great, they will also believe they need not improve. No matter how accomplished a writer, they should always leave room for learning and growth. So, I suppose, the lesson is that we should not let our fear of not being perfect keep us from growing.

  • Guest posting is always challenging to me. I have no problem sitting down and coming up with something to write about for myself, but staying focused on someone else’s target audience is definitely a challenge. Every time I write one it’s practice.

  • After yesterday I wondered, where am I going to end up with this.  Divinely 3 options to seek came to mind in my early quiet time today. I am going to blog and ask for an opportunity.
    Jeff, you are doing a great thing in a great way. Kuddos!

  • Jeff, thought you’d like to know that Carol Tice featured your new book in her blog post today.

    https://www.makealivingwriting.com/2012/06/08/how-to-know-if-you-made-itfreelance-writer/#comments

  • Challenge Accepted! I’m pitching a video game article idea to GamesRadar. I’ve written for them in the past, but I think the editor I worked with no longer works there. So it’s scary to start fresh and sell my idea to a stranger! But let’s do this!

  • Thanks Jeff…I have done 3 of the 4 Challenges you gave:) Although I know I need to do more guest blogging. For some reason that seems a little scary..but I will step through the fear and take a risk:) 2 weeks ago I had my 1st short story published…so that was exciting, but I need to keep submitting stories. My 1st Historical Romantic Suspense will be done by the end of June…so that’s another first. I know I need to dig deeper inside myself though, with the blogging and of course with guest blogging and for some reason that seems like the scariest thing of all…but I know practice will make habits! Thanks for another helpful post 🙂

  • Katgustafsson

    Today is by far the hardest day for me.
    Declare – scary but doable.
    Believe – working on it
    Initiative – cleaned out my office, and prepared a place to work.  Got up two hours early to write.  Started reading a book about becoming a better writer.
    Practice in Public – share my actual work with the world?  So not ready for that.

    But I committed to this challenge, I knew that I had to try.  So here’s my very small step.

     https://theyearsofmypilgrimage.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/dont-do-nothing/

  • I did it! Now to go do today. Smiling broadly.
     https://averageabundance.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/used-to/

  • Kim

    Three things I am proud of today:

    1. I ended up writing 1,500 words last night.
    2. I posted more than 1 blog post in a week this week
    3. I e-mailed not just one but two people to inquire about becoming a contributor (one, possibly both will be working more with my photography)

    This challenge has already proved to be successful for me. I’m finding that after declaring I am a writer I do believe it and have taken initiative by writing even when I don’t feel like it and reaching out to others to get my work out. A scary thing to do but it’s the only way to get anywhere, right?

  • Daniela

    I was up at 5:30 this morning. That’s two days before 6am. A miracle. I shared something that I can’t believe on my blog. My ugly drawers and cupboards (a bit shallow, but big for me) my family has strict instruction that is forbidden to open these drawers while we have company, can anyone relate? I even took pictures. I feel cleansed. 🙂

    https://danielaschwartz.com/2012/06/08/spring-cleaning-a-new-haircut-and-shocking-photos/

  • I have a nice little story I wrote for my dear friend’s 5th grade class last year (as in 2010-11). The kids loved it! I have STACKS of comments from the kids themselves and their teachers in support of this story. LAST SUMMER I was going to begin submissions. LAST SUMMER! Well, today is the day.
     
    I’m going to take encouragement from our friend R.W. Emerson –
    “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
     
    It’s tomorrow and I have a fresh start!
     
     

  • Something happened that I wasn’t expecting…an epiphany about my writing.  It was an explanation surrounding the dark secret in my life, one that I have not shared publicly before this.  Honestly, I can’t believe that I have started healing a huge part of the pain I experienced with one interaction with a publishing house.  I tell the whole story here (https://fantasyfic.wordpress.com), but I want to express my thanks to Jeff here.

  • Alicecrumbs

    You’ve got a lot to answer for Jeff Goins!

    I cannot believe the ways I am being challenged and I can’t believe I’m actually doing what Jeff suggests! I’m currently writing a blog series about churches including young people with disabilities. This afternoon I emailed the editor of a couple of magazines to pitch an article based on the series.
    https://www.playontheword.com/category/inclusion-series/

    I’ve promised myself I will enjoy the 15 habits challenge and not stress about it. It’s helped me to be braver than I expected I ever would be.

    Thanks Jeff. I don’t know what will happen, but I have nothing to lose.

    • Very cool, Alice. Yes, please don’t stress. This is supposed to be fun — challenging, but fun.

  • Alicecrumbs

    I’m sorry Jeff, I’ve posted twice by mistake – I didn’t realise the previous one had worked! Feel free to delete one.

    • I had a post that did that yesterday!  It gave me an error message so reposted, I was so embarrassed, I deleted my disquis account!  lol

  • oh boy… here we go world… family… friends…. Hold on to your britches?  I just posted my “About My Memoir” on my blog.  Gets into some of the “dirty” parts of my life that most don’t know!  
    https://caroleasmith.blogspot.com/p/about-my-memoir.html

  • I submitted a guest post to a website for Army wives and I am going to submit another to a writing blog. 

    I really like this “practicing in public.”

  • EIleen C Wright

    I’m trying to decide which part of the challenge to work on.  I have about half of a proposal done – still working on two sample chapters.  I also ave a few magazines I would like to write for, but the last two days I’ve been working on a book that’s different from the proposal.  Too many balls in the air I guess.  I think I’ll stew on it for a few hours and make a plan

  • I submitted an article for publication.  I could have revised it forever, and I feel like it isn’t quite ready, but I submitted it, ready to fail and learn.

    • Way to ship!

    • Great courage Matt!  If your gonna fail … FAIL FAST!

      I know I don’t have time to fail slow.  (I’ve already done that before.)

  • Thanks, Jeff, so much for this challenge! I got up an hour early this morning (totally not a morning person) and just wrote. Finally managed to knock out the article I’ve been contemplating for nearly a month, and made my deadline. (I think I was secretly trying to sabotage myself by not getting it done sooner.)

    I love what you said about giving yourself grace and holding yourself accountable at the same time. They seem like opposites, but I can fail or succeed at both of them simultaneously.

    Thanks again for getting me up early to do what I was meant to do. Instead of feeling exhausted (right now anyway), I feel so alive! Purpose is a great thing.

  • I think I’m gonna puke. The weight of decision from earlier this morning has finally hit me. After reading this mornings challenge email, I acted upon it by emailing a friend of mine who has a fairly successful “little” blog. I asked her for a chance at a guest post, figuring there was not much risk for me, and instead she’d be left to bear the weight of risk. We’ve emailed back and forth some today, processing through the request, and that’s when it hit me. If she agrees to this, I’d be writing for an audience larger than ever before. The thought of that has me seriously shaking in my boots (it’s difficult to type when you’re shaking). To be painfully honest, a part of me hopes she says “no.” The other part, prays she says, “yes.” 

    • Ryan – You can do it.  Have faith. 

      Wow…get this:  I’m your neighbor!  I live in Elkhart.   We’ll have to get together and have coffee sometime.  Funny how God works, isn’t it?

    • Go for it Ryan…work past the fear. It was good that you revealed how scared you are. Just telling someone outloud takes the power of fear away. Let us know if you guest blog and we’ll come by for a read.

  • JamesPrescott77

    I did it. I posted one of my most honest pieces of writing, something I have been scared to share. But it’s done. People will read it and it will mean I have to step out in ways I haven’t done before. Thanks for getting us to do this. If you want to read it, it ‘s here: https://bit.ly/KE6Zdi

    • Well done! Cheers.

      • JamesPrescott77

        Thanks for the encouragement Nicholas! 🙂

      • Nicholas, Visited your blog. Cheerios! You make me want to ride a bike again. I used to ride a bike instead of driving a car…but that was a long time ago. Still, think I’ll give it a go….oh, yes, keep writing.

    • I commented on your blog but just had to say something here as well. I feel like you voiced a lot of the thoughts in my heart and I just wanted to say thank you for having the courage to do so. It’s not easy, but it’s totally worth it. Follow your heart and your freedom. It’s your divine right.

    •  Awesome post, James.  I left a comment for you on your blog.

  • Lisa R

    I just finished my post for today’s challenge. Took me a bit longer as my kids and I were finishing up our 2011-12 homeschool year. I would love to hear what people think as I had tears pouring down my face when I hit publish, and I realized that I am a totally different person than I was back in September. Thank you for your encouragment, Jeff. That is your gift.   https://writewhatyouknowdotorg.wordpress.com/

    • Lisa – Welcome to the awesome world of being transparent!  I just read your post.  Congratulations on all the many challenges you’ve successfully met in a few short months!  Writing about our experiences is an awesome way to reflect and see just how far we’ve come.

      I’ve been through many of the same experiences and we’re having an awesome time unschooling our three kids. 

      Keep doing what you’re doing!  You’re on the right path!

      • Lisa R

        Thank you, Paige. That means a lot.

  • A writer I deeply admire and who is absolutely gifted asked me to guest post on her blog.  Two emotions struck me simultaneously; euphoria and utter fear.  I know I have to do this though, but I’m happy and scared at the same time. 

  • Thank you for keeping the pressure on Jeff.   When you wrote  in this post [writers] show up every day …  its the work of a professional.

    I was like … SLAP!  

    So I did.  I showed up today.

    And I have to be brutally honest … here’s the result: https://bit.ly/MtiRt3 
    (I took a risk and posted something much more personal than usual.)No shameless plug … just an honest post for this new found community.  And mush thanks to everyone else here … your comments inspire and keep me pushing ahead.

    Cheers!

    • I loved this, Nicholas.  I’m a big fan of authenticity and it’s our willingness to be vulnerable that draws people to us.  Well done.

    • awesome! great to have you. 

      • Glad to be here.  What a community!  Looking forward to next week.

    • That’s what it was like for me today too, Nicholas.  I am so glad that Jeff linked his previous post on being a professional.  As I read it, tons of understanding galloped into my brain.  Big epiphany on what it means to be a professional.

      I read and enjoyed your home blog post.  Some people need some help with their wake-up call.  I’m sure your posts will help people with more self-understanding.

    •  Great comment (and great blog post too).

      Community?  Yeah:  we got community.  I love the way we all keep each other propped up and motivated.  : – )

      • Yessir.  The motivation is such a key.  Its helping me to push every day.
        Cheers.

    •  You’re article was so inspiring, I subscribed to your blog 🙂

      • Thanks Patrice.  I am seeking to make the blog more personal going forward.  Also a little more user friendly.  Its a work in process.  Thanks for reading. (And keep writing!)

    • Honesty is, indeed, inspiring. Thank you for inspiring me.

    • Nancy Slocum

       Bravo, Nicholas, for being authentic!  Great blog post.  I left a comment.  You really touched on something very deep that is so common in our culture.  Communicating but not really connecting authentically is literally making us sick. We aren’t serving each other or ourselves very well when we aren’t being true to ourselves or to others.  We are playing way too small and not the way we were originally created.  Keep being authentic!  

  • Amy P Boyd – Christian Women’s

    My “practice in public” seems to look so different than many of the others mentioned her today, because I use my writing as an accent to my speaking ministry.  Thanks to this challenge I am encouraged to return to writing on my blog.  I will upload a post for the first time since Oct 2011 in the morning.  My really “practice in public” today has been writing and editing a newletter to be mailed to area churches.  This first newsletter will be mailed out via snail mail, will point to my blog and give them option to sign up for a monthly letter. 

    Thank you all for the encouragment you have give to each other in the community.  It is nice to have a group that understands the fear yet still pushes you to try.

  • Nancy Slocum

    Jeff – I love your style and firm encouragement.  It cuts straight to the heart and speaks the truth to get you going!  As my Dad used to always say, “There’s nothing left to do but to do it.”  He was ahead of Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan.  Daily practice is the key.  I heard my friend and top notch jourmaler, Dr. Joseph Peck, say so often,  “The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”   And that daily routine is hopefully built on some solid “good” habits that will produce good fruit!  Blessings everyone for god results! 

  • Stephanie A. Warren

    I’ve never written a guest blog post before. This should be interesting. 🙂

  • When I shifted the way I wrote on my blog from “general life lessons” to “here’s exactly how I experienced this issue in my life, what I did about it and what I learned,” it was scary but it changed everything.  By being more open and transparent, I was able to connect much more effectively with my readers.  And I got a lot more feedback.

    I also joined a group of bloggers who help to promote each other.  This has been a great experience!  I have received a ton of honest encouragement from much more experienced bloggers which has helped immensely in squashing a lot of my self-doubt.  It also opened the door to begin my guest blogging.  Again, it was scary to make those first few requests but I’ve been very well received in every case.

    I’m writing my first program now with ideas for many more.  The first one will be more of an educational process to learn the process for releasing many more.  So it may or may not go well but I’ll learn a lot from getting out there and doing it.

    Yes, it’s scary to get out there and shine a light on ourselves. But nothing great happens unless we take the initiative to make it happen.  There’s really no such thing as failure.  Good or bad, they’re all learning experiences.

    Jeff – Thank you so much for putting together this series and creating such an awesome community!  You’ll never fully understand how deeply you’re impacting so many people.

    • Thank you, Paige. It’s my pleasure — this is fun!

  • I posted to my blog today.  Three posts this week which is more than I’ve done this year up to this point. Still struggling to find my voice, but I’m determined to write everyday until I figure it out.
    https://www.jennifermiles.com/breaking-free-of-stereotypes/

  • I know this may be slightly against the rules, but I’m going to start trying to get some public speaking gigs soon. After all, I’m not just a writer – I’m a writer/speaker! 🙂

    • Awesome, Loren. I’m trying to do that myself.

  • Submitted 3 posts to be a guest poster at 3 different places.

    Now I wait.

    I’m accepting guest posts if anyone thinks their work will fit my blog. See the tab on the menu for more info!!

    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

    • Thanks for putting yourself out there, Mary Beth, and at the same time being generous with your platform. Well done!

  • Jeana Gladstone

    Thanks for kicking us all into action.  I posted a blog entry today – first time since November. Don’t know why I’ve been so afraid.  But I’m declaring daily that I am a writer.  
    Penned this after reading day one:
    I am a writer.  

    Do I believe that?  Not totally.  Not yet.  But part of me does believe.  There’s something way deep down in there that whispers it to me when I am really listening.  When I’m not making excuses, when I’m not giving place to my fears… in those quiet, vulnerable moments – that’s when I hear that voice saying I am a writer.  It’s not as forceful and bold as the voice that tells me I’m not.  It’s not as obnoxious or rude.  It will go for weeks without being heard at all.  But when I step back for a moment, tell my heart to be still and just be, that’s when I know.  That’s when I believe.  That’s when I have the courage to pick up my pen again.  

    I write because I am a writer.  

    Not to be heard primarily.  Not to be read fundamentally.  But because it’s who I am.  At the very essence of me is a person who must create.  I will accept that.  I will be ok with who I am and stop looking for applause and accolades.  I will accept that not everyone will love what I write.  I will be secure knowing that not everything I write will be amazing.  Some things just are.  Some things are not amazing.  Some things are common.  Some things are necessary, functional.  And that’s ok.  I will write because I love it.  Because if I didn’t write, I would not be complete.  I will do what I was created to do.  And I will be fulfilled in doing that.  Just because.  

  • I’m late arriving to this party.  Today’s challenge really had me struggling for a number of really good reasons.  *grin*   I finally decided to take a cue from Christine Niles and I’ve published a VERY rough excerpt on my blog from a work of fiction I’m toying with.  I’ve posted some pretty raw things on my blog in the 6 years I’ve had it, but I’ve never shared a bit of my creative mind in quite this way before.  I’d welcome any feedback.  

    https://aglowingember.blogspot.ca/2012/06/little-something-im-working-on.html 

    • akaellisfisher

      Hi Carolynn, I tried to leave a comment on your site, but didn’t want to have to subscribe to yet another site to do it. So, I hope you don’t mind if I leave it here? I enjoyed your story segment, and it left me definitely wanting to read more! A suggestion  might be to reword that line in the first paragraph where it mentions the moment of the victims death. It seems brushed past. Since there is quite a bit devoted to how Nicholas is detached from the event, it might emphasize the detachment and make it more poignant if you spent just a few more words on the death, maybe some descriptor from the victim’s perspective. Perhaps something like “another brief divulsive moment of death”…or something. Good job! Thanks for sharing!!

      • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on my post.  It’s so helpful to have another’s perspective and input.  I’ll definitely give your thoughts consideration.

  • Lisa R

    Jeff, has something happened with email notifications? I was getting all the comments made after I posted for the last few days in my email, but today, I’ve not gotten any.

  • Looks like I may have a guest-post opportunity, but won’t know for sure for a few more days.  In the meantime, guess what I’m doing?  Yep-writing!  Gotta keep drafting and working out those ideas.  🙂

  • Mollie Lyon

    Last night I posted on my blog about my first french kiss. Not something I like to recount since I was only 12 and push purity now. But the story came out and I didn’t hold back. I look forward to doing the other challenges.

  • This challenge doesn’t take any prisoners! I positively shivered when I saw the action steps! But I wrote the outline for my first eBook, so I’m stoked about that. 😀 My plan is to finish it before this challenge ends so I can share it with you all. Eeep! That’s a tall order! but I believe it’s doable. Wish me inspiration, my friends!

  • Linda Riddle

    For me, RISK meant writing a blog post that invited people into 2-way communication with me.
     Though I’ve had a public blog / FB / twitter account for quite some time, I’ve totally been playing it safe, using these tools just enough to wrap my material in a nice neat package but limiting and managing my use of them so that I don’t put myself out there “too much”.  Swimming in the pool, but staying in the shallow end. Created a stage, because logic tells me it’s necessary, but didn’t want too many people coming to the show. Manageable.I also recognized that most of my work has intentionally been written in a close-ended fashion with a perceivable One-Way-Traffic sign hanging on the end of it. I’ve not invited feedback and comments both for fear that no one would respond and I’d be left writing to/talking to myself….[insert soundbite of crickets chirping here]  and also because my nature bends strongly towards the introverted side. Inviting lots of traffic quite frankly seemed unmanageable to me, because I compared it to interacting with people face-to-face so I feared I wouldn’t have the energy to keep up with my readers. However, with the challenges you’ve placed forward this week, I’ve really had to confront my belief systems and am learning the truth is quite opposite of what I’d previously convinced myself of. Operating in my gift comes naturally and so does everything that is an outflow of it. It actually produces – doesn’t deplete – energy within me. And with that supply also comes the desire and capacity to interact openly and effortlessly with those my work influences.The walls I didn’t even realize I’d builded around myself are crashing down quickly. Thank you. Seriously….Thank You.Linda G. Riddle

  • Lis

    Well, the first few lines of tonight’s entry read as follows:

    “I was laying on my son’s bedroom floor after
    a long–albeit–fun day.  I was close to the conclusion that it would be
    okay to skip today’s challenge in order to fulfill my intense desires to
    put head to pillow.

    And that’s how you know when something is
    working.  Your even more intense desires override all other notions of
    lethargy and you hop on a computer to get done what needs to get done.”

    So that is what practice is becoming to me.  Actually showing up.  Pushing through the laziness and excuses and forming good habits to accomplish goals.
     

  • Wasn’t quite sure what to do for today’s challenge, since my books are already out there. I had a very busy day, but while I was doing the household errands, I thought maybe my practicing in public would be to actually start putting more effort into letting the public know I and my books exist, and do so with confidence, not apologies. I started my attempts earlier this year, but let it slide into oblivion again. Today I made more contacts and will follow them all through on Monday. 

  • I once read of a writer who says she writes using the BIC method – which stands for Butt in Chair. Personally I came to a screeching halt after a house fire in March. Thank you, Jeff, for getting me started again.

  • Jennifer

    Writing from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. worked great today. One of the projects I worked on was my first guest blog. I was crying by the end  so I hope I move the readers, also. I will edit it this weekend and send it out Monday. Then my summer goal is to query one new guest post a week. Along with not finishing my projects I am also really bad at sending out my work. So I will practice putting my work out there and see what happens.

  • Thanks for yet another push. Just submitted my first, stomach knot-inducing field report pitch to Advanced Riskology because of today’s call to action.

  • This was tough.

    A couple of days ago I asked to guest post on another blog, so at first I wasn’t sure what risk to take today.  In the end I decided to “go big or go home.”  I wrote about my biggest fear, one I’ve had my whole life.  Talk about feeling vulnerable.  I definitely took a risk with this one, and it was scary but liberating.

    ‘night everyone.

  • Well! I’m happy to report that I sent out an email to guest post on a friend’s blog AND started my eBook!! 😀 First chapter’s drafted and I cracked over 2,000 words. This is a giddy, giddy feeling. Thank you for this challenge, Jeff! It’s totally changing my approach to writing and blogging. 🙂

  • Feeling pretty discouraged and not sure why. The voice of Resistance is loud. The deeper I go into this challenge, the stronger the feeling. 

    • dekem

      Stick with it, please – for yourself. – sometimes that Resistance is the sign that you are onto something big

      • Thanks Sandra. I eventually got past it and in my writing, I wrote something similar about it being a sign for something worth fighting for.

  • Rich Proctor

    My task moving forward, aside from writing a great blog, is to
    associate with, support, and promote the wonderful work of my fellow
    bloggers. 

    https://www.richproctor.com/2012/06/15habits-practice.html

  • Bonniejcrocker

    Practice for me looks like publishing my first blog post. EVER! My blog isn’t even fully set-up. Want to take a peek?! 
    https://bonniejcrocker.com/2012/06/08/46/

  • JamesPrescott77

    Jeff, thank you for challenging me to do something dangerous. I have done so and the response has been better than I could have imagined. Thanks for spurring me on, it may well have changed my writing forever.

  • I am reminded of a Thomas Edison quote here:”Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” So fitting as embark on this challenge. 

  • *grumble*grumble*grumble*

    You made me go public with my blog _way_ before I wanted to! *shakes fist at Jeff*

    I’m not even sure I like the title of my blog. Definitely don’t like the sub-title. Missing an about page. And not a huge fan of the copy I’m using for email signups.

    But *sigh*. You asked us to take a risk and practice in public, so here I am.

    It’s a good reminder to focus on the right things; actually writing. All those other things are peripheral to my success as a writer.

    So thanks to today’s challenge I went public with my blog talking about leading small groups (Bible studies). Only my second post. But first public one!

    https://leadsmallgroups.org/get-appreciated/

  • Stef Gonzaga

    I’ve taken on the challenge of writing a post that I normally wouldn’t share to anyone. It was difficult fighting with myself whether to publish it or not, worried as I was on the points I was trying to make or how the entire thing is written.

    Forget it. Here it is: “The Tragedy of the Writer” https://stefgonzaga.posterous.com/writer

    My post on the tragedy of being a writer. I ended it with the only resolution I believe that could change this problem for good.

  • Werner Meyer

    I blog then share it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumble, Digg & Reddit

  • Werner Meyer

    Oh and Stumbleupon…

  • Pia Thompson

    I sent the book proposal I wrote yesterday. (deep breath)

  • With this challenge I realize I have been wasting time, or when I was creating it was all focused on my art. Thrilled to be writing again every morning…and I had to flip my nights and days back around, but I’m getting used to it because I am motivated now to spend that time writing. Also, good to be interacting here with other writers. For the challenge I published something on my blog I’ve never shared before. A chapter from my book. Go to my blog to read “Waiting for the Muse to Show.”
    https://darlene-freeniebelle.blogspot.com