Slow & Steady Success
(a pep talk)

There’s plenty of time left in this year to get some writing success under your belt and go into next year with a feeling of accomplishment and confidence.

Make Good Pots

Have you heard about the pottery study? 

  • Researchers asked one group of amateur potters to make the best pot they could.
  • They asked a second group to make as many pots as possible in the same amount of time.

Of course, the second group ended up making the better pots, overall, because they got so much practice and learned so much from their mistakes.

It Doesn’t Have To Be A Sprint

StoryADay May is a hectic effort to outrun perfectionism and learn as much as possible in one month.

I’m not asking you to do that, as the end of the year approaches.

Instead, let’s make some steady progress.

If you write a story a week until the end of the year, you could still get SIX new drafts written. 

Wouldn’t that feel amazing?

How To Make Slow, Steady Progress

  • Put some writing time on your calendar. 
  • Find some inspiring writing prompts or dig into your bank of Story Sparks.
  • Write from the first word all the way to ‘the end’, pushing through any parts where you lose confidence. It’s OK. Getting to the end brings lots of rewards. 

Need a Little More Motivation?

Let me send you a writing lesson and prompt every week by signing up for Season 2 of the StoryAWeek newsletter.

  • A new writing lesson and prompt in  your inbox every week for 13 weeks.
  • Work on it at your own pace throughout the week
  • Never let another week go by without showing up for your writing.

As a bonus, if you sign up for Season 2 this week, I’ll send you ALL the prompts and lessons from Season 1 as a handy PDF (a $47 value!)

Whether or not you sign up for StoryAWeek, I hope you’ll take this as your permission to quiet the voices in your head and get some new writing done in these final weeks of the year.

Keep writing,


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