Avoiding Second Sock Syndrome

In 1998, I heard about this site called 100words.net (it doesn’t exist any more) where you pledged to write exactly 100 words every day for a month. They archived the posts for you, and there was a bit of a community and it was fun to both write and get feedback from other people taking on the challenge.

The first time I went through the 100 words challenge, I knocked it out of the park.

The second time….not so much. I got to about day 12 and then I started forgetting, missing day, losing focus. I never again managed to finish a month of that challenge in spite of having proved to myself that I could do it once.

This is not the only time this has happened to me. Exercise classes, diets, knitting, they all fall away once the bloom is off the rose.

(Did you know there is a thing known as second sock/sleeve syndrome, where knitters finish the first sock in in a pair or the first sleeve in a sweater no problem, but the second one? That one is almost impossible to do! The novelty has worn off, and it feels like way too much work. It’s a funny anecdote, but less funny when you’re walking around with one frozen foot!)

Perhaps this is your first time through StoryADay and you’re like me: the first time is always shiny and new and you know you’ll succeed just the way you are.

But maybe you’re smarter than me, and know you need something to help you focus and reach your goals.

Perhaps you know that being determined is not enough.That sometimes you need extra tools to keep you on track.

This past May I launched the Superstars group for those writers determined to make it though the month of extreme writing, and looking for a little extra support.

Today I’m opening up the September cohort of Superstars and I’m inviting you to be a part of it.

Ready To Get Started?

What You Get In Superstars

  • A private site, dedicated to Superstars, where you can hang out and get to know your fellow writers.
  • Extended prompts and video explainers by me, every day of the challenge. Lifetime access to this content after the challenge is over.
  • Weekly Zoom video hangouts with me and the other Superstars members (recorded, in case you can’t make it, live)
  • Free, immediate access to the StoryADay Time To Write Workshop, to help you figure out how to crowbar more writing time into you life (a $17 value)

In short, you get this:

Superstars screenshot

Not this:

Basic storyaday screenshot


Ready To Get Started?

I can’t make any promises, but I can tell you that the people who sign up for Superstars make up the majority of people who are still writing at the end of StoryADay.

If you’ve been frustrated with your ability to stick to your writing commitments, I have to tell you, there is nothing quite like knowing your fellow Superstars are rooting for you. And once you’ve met them in the comments and the video hangouts, it becomes a wonderfully supportive community that spurs you to live up to your highest ideals. It’s not about guilt. It’s about hanging out with people who believe you can be the best version of your writer self. And that’s a wonderful thing to be reminded of.

Back in the spring, people were paying $97 to get access to Superstars, but for this encore version, you can get permanent access to this year’s Superstars prompts for only $67.

Are You Ready To Commit To Your Writing Goals?

This September, you everyone will still have free access to the basic prompts and the blog comments and don’t get me wrong, there is a wonderful community there every single time I run this challenge. And that might be all you need to keep yourself accountable.

But if you are ready to go a little deeper, invest a little more in your writing goals, think about giving Superstars a shot.

You can sign up here, until 12 midnight on September 1, 2018.

In the meantime, I have a second sock to knit…

Keep writing,


P. S. If you want to see what some more of my wonderful Superstars had to say about the program, you can find them in the comments to yesterday’s post