A Writing Project

Last weekend, two friends and I ventured to Nashville, TN, aka “Music City,” for our first annual girlfriend getaway. We left behind our husbands, the seven children we have between us, our busy lives that demand most of our energy everyday, our routines, and our expectations. We took with us a feeling of freedom, a sense of appreciation, suitcases of simple summer dresses and sandals, and a readiness for whatever was next.

I have so much to say, so many amazing moments I want to share with just about anybody who will listen (or read). My two friends are singer/songwriters, and since we went to Nashville to take part in the annual Songwriter’s Festival that takes place there, we spent a lot of time talking about the songwriting process and writing in general. (Thankfully, we also spent a lot of time writing a song and even more time singing.)

We decided to support each others’ goals to “write more” by creating a writing project. My friends, Karen and Janet, are writing songs, and I’m writing blog posts. Our project is called: “10 Ditties in 10 Days.” It began yesterday and will continue through June 17th. I’m starting a day late, but I’m still committed to meeting the goal of writing 10 posts (feel free to set them to music if you want to :-)).

10 Ditties in 10 Days

Here are our rules:

  • Write something everyday.
  • Give yourself permission to write something that’s not perfect.
  • Stay committed.
  • Don’t get hung up in the details (“Do I have to write a whole song, or is just a verse or chorus okay?” or “I usually blog about business stuff, so do I have to create 10 business blog posts?”). Just write.

So here’s the coaching part: I want to focus more on my blog, but I’ve been resisting posting to it on a regular schedule for a long time. I know it takes about 28 days to create a new habit, but 28 days seems just too much to commit to right now. So I’m gonna take a baby step and commit to 10 days of practicing a new habit I want to form. And I’m sharing this goal with two friends who are committed to the same thing. And I’m sharing it publicly so you can see me working through it and help keep me accountable.

Want to join me? Leave a comment below and let me know you’re participating in “10 Ditties in 10 Days.” I’ll check in on you (just leave me your email or twitter handle.) I’d appreciate you keeping tabs on me and bugging me to keep it up. I really want to do this, but right now it feels hard. That’s how change feels sometimes.

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