When I saw the link for this video yesterday on WordPress.com’s Daily Post, I rolled my eyes and made a snap judgment. Fabulous, I thought, yet another Nike sponsored, overpaid, over-pampered, over-exposed athlete being held up as a paragon of wisdom telling me how to be great like him. Thanks, but no thanks.
Well shut my judgmental mouth. This is wonderful. Please watch.
Way back on December 31, 2010, (six days ago) I accepted the WordPress.com Post A Day challenge to post on my blog every day for a year. WordPress helps out by posting a daily prompt on their Post A Day blog to keep participants inspired. I’m on Day 5. So far so good.
Now Poets and Writers, has kicked off The Time Is Now, a series of weekly prompts and exercises to inspire writers of poetry and prose to stay committed to their writing all year long.
“The most important and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline. Talent and luck always help, but having a consistent writing practice is often the difference
between aspiring writers and published writers.”
Every Monday PW will post for poetry, and every Thursday for fiction. The first installment for poetry is posted now. The fiction prompt goes up tomorrow. To have the prompts sent directly to your email, you can sign up at The Time is Now Signup.
If you’re a writer and you’re not familiar with PW, I urge you to GET familiar with them. As the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization, they are an incredible and reliable resource for information on competitions, workshops, techniques, agents, and publishers. What I’ve found most through their site and their magazine is a sense of community and encouragement. In the announcement introducing The Time is Now, PW.org says, “the most important and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline.” That’s certainly true, but the camaraderie I’ve found at PW, goes a long way.
Resources: Poets & Writers, The Daily Post