Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My 500 Words - a 31 Day Challenge!

Firstly, a Happy New Year to you all! 

Now that 2013 is out of the way we can look forward to 2014 with hope and optimism, and what better way to do that than by starting straight off with a challenge!

I'm not making a long list of resolutions for this year, or goals that I want to achieve by a certain date.  Whenever I do this the list dwindles and falls by the wayside, I fail to achieve even half of them and I'm left feeling deflated and a bit of a failure. I'm not setting myself up for any kind of fall this year.

My one and only resolution is simple: to write. And hopefully every day.

Imagine my delight, then, when I came across this timely little challenge in my inbox this afternoon ...

My 500 Words Widget 

This little gem was sent by Jeff Goins, and if you've never heard of him before I would recommend checking out his site and signing up for his newsletters. He is an inspiration to hard-working writers, whatever stage of the journey you're at, and his updates always seem to come at just the right time when I need a boost.

It's come just at the right time for me, when I want to get my writing going again after a longer than intended sabbatical. 

The rules couldn't be simpler:

  • Write 500 words per day, every day during the month of January.
  • You can write more if you want, but 500 words is the minimum.
  • Don’t edit. Just write.
  • If you miss a day, pick up where you left off. Don’t make up for lost days.
  • Encourage, don’t criticize (unless explicitly invited to do so).
  • Blogging counts, but email does not.
  • All of this is completely free.

If you want to join in too, just head on over to the sign-up page, add a comment and add your blog to the linkup. Don't forget to keep track of your progress throughout the month and there are Facebook and Twitter groups too.

So are you in? 

The beautiful thing about it is, blogging counts for your daily total and this little post is my first 377 words for today!



  1. This sounds like a great idea and I will definitely be taking a look. Thanks for sharing and happy new year :)

  2. This sounds like a great idea and I will definitely be taking a look. Thanks for sharing and happy new year :)

    1. You're welcome Joss, thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. I'm in! I'm headed off to sign up now! I have a few hours left of January 1st, so I'll end the day with my 500 words! :)

    1. Excellent, welcome to the club! Hopefully this will start off 2014 in the best possible way.

  4. 500 words or bust, sounds like a doable goal and a good start for other writing