Great to have you in the 5-Day Challenge. 
We’ll get started on Jan 21, 2023 (watch your inbox)


  1. Check your email and CONFIRM that you want to be on the list.
  2. Add ‘julie@storyaday.org’ to your address book, so my emails don’t go to your spam folder
  3. Take this bonus challenge (it only take a minute)

A Mini Challenge For Today

if you declare to the world that you’re a writer, your subconscious is going to start supporting you in doing the things that a writer does like: 

  • Making time on your calendar for writing
  • Making notes about character arcs, 
  • Reading more, 
  • Actually starting to write short stories. 

If your biggest challenge is some variation of mindset, motivation, getting the work done, or procrastination, this part is especially important for you.

I want you to open up your email. Find the part where it says ‘settings’. And ’email signature’. And I want you to add an email signature to all of your outgoing personal emails. 

Here’s what it should say,

“[Your name], writer”, 

It’s going to feel weird and scary. 

Maybe you’ll giggle or feel like a fraud. But you’re not. 

You are a writer. By claiming the identity, you will signal to your brain that it’s time to start living up to that.

It’s time to start taking steps that a writer might take. 

Change your email signature Then leave a comment and tell me how you’re feeling.

Keep writing,

Julie (signed)

21 thoughts on “January Challenge – Next Steps”

  1. Done….!
    Did feel a bit strange , but great to declare an aspect of who I am….. I may add to it eventually. But for now I’ve put singer songwriter….
    Like others I’ve just started with personal email and will give consideration to others…..
    I have committed to writing more creative work this year and am keen to try anything that helps with this…..

  2. Already done. I changed my signature line sometime during the pandemic (I think). It combines the three things I do best: Writer. Teacher. Healer.
    Felt weird at first to declare that in all my personal emails, but it did open the door to claiming those identities. And I love the way they have braided themselves in my life ever since.
    Looking forward to taking this challenge with you!

    1. Excellent!

      (And remember you get to set your own rules for what “living up to it” looks like, and you get to adjust them as life comes at you…)

  3. I confess, I am not going to change my email. The emails I send have nothing to do with my being a writer. But I have a IG and a FB writer page, and they support my identity as a writer.

  4. I don’t use email much for personal communication and I don’t feel like adding “writer” to my professional emails is quite appropriate. My work has nothing to do with writing! 🫣

    1. Yeah, maybe adding it to the work email would be a mistake 🙂

      Is there some other way you could declare your identity?

      And if you really don’t want to, that can be OK too. Just ask yourself: am I keeping it as a delicious secret for myself in a life where I have to share too much of myself already OR am I afraid to admit it?

      If it’s a, great. If it’s b, I’ll just tell you that many people (myself included) feel motivated to live up to our declaration once other people have heard it. And often, other people in our lives are happy to encourage us, once they know.

  5. This task had already been completed on my email. At first it was so scary. Now it has even become a verbal habit. It feels quite natural now.

  6. This was already completed on my email. When it was first suggested to me it was extremely scary. Now it has become a verbal habit and it feels right.

  7. I feel kind of anxious about it. It’s been years since I finished a writing project. Not sure I really have the right to call myself a writer at this point.

    1. Totally get that. It is a little nerve-wracking.
      But you are still a writer if you still feel the pull.
      Actors are still actors even when they’re “resting” between bookings.
      Parents are still parents when they go out to work, or after their kids leave home.
      Buzz Aldrin’s still referred to as an astronaut and he hasn’t been in space since before I was born! (OK, that’s stretching things a bit!)

      If it causes anxiety that blocks you from taking action, skip it. Keep it as an idea for when you are ready to push yourself a bit.

  8. I had a nightmare doing this. After about an hour and a half of investigating I have come to the conclusion you cannot change iCloud email signatures on an iPad but only on a PC. Therefore, I shall do this on Sunday morning when I am on my PC.

    As I also have gmail and yahoo emails for other purposes though I have just done my yahoo emails- on my iPad – (I’ll do my gmail on my PC in the morning). It felt so, so good. I have slacked with my writing in 2022 due to circumstances out of my control but I am determined to get back to it this year. This was the kick start I needed.

    Thank you Julie x

    1. You had me worried there! Glad it worked out…and felt good.

      2022 WAS rough…but you’ve got this! It’s our time!

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