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Let me know how you’re feeling about my challenges and if you’ll take me up on them….leave a comment below:

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  1. As soon as I updated my signature I feared questions and comments from others regarding declaration, so I added this quote: “Writing is its own reward.” –Henry Miller

    I guess it’s automatic for me to consider the reader when I write and that often stifles my creativity and alters my decisions when writing.

  2. Would it be possible to add captions to the videos, or to post a transcript? I’m hard of hearing and struggling to catch everything that’s being said.

    1. Yes! I’ve added them to lesson 4 but have been meaning to work back through them and add captions to the rest. Thank you for the nudge to get that done!

  3. Did I take this class before? My past is a total blur. I do remember adding “Writer” to my name when Jullie asked me to do that. How strange it looked! It’s still there in my signature, along with an appropriate quote from Benjamin Franklin. My signature no longer looks strange. Thank you, Julie.

  4. Thank you, Julie, for the push I needed to take myself seriously. My email is used for all kinds of things, so I decided to start a whole new account – kspinkwrites@! Added a signature, printed your story sparks worksheet, and this is me off to the races (so to speak)! My journey to this point has seen me half-finish the draft of a children’s picture book, and all my other ideas are bottle-necked in my brain screaming to get out. Turns out my internal gatekeeper lacks faith and is doing their best to keep me from getting my words out into the world. Hopeful that today’s kickstart is a step in the right direction. Thanks again!

    1. That’s a great idea: starting a separate email account!

      The middle of a project is always hard. What would it take to get you to finish that picture book?

      Also, you might start a small project (a short story) that you can finish so you can prove to your brain that you can do it! (If that appeals)

  5. Hi, Julie — Just watched the first class–feeling motivated and charged up to take on my best writer persona — have been writing for years, the NANOWRIMO challenges and near-daily blogging on Medium, but have not consistently and professionally taken on my dream writer role as novelist. Have added “Writer” to my email signature and also filled in a Story Sparks form — have decided to try on different forms each day and figure out which one works best — have already discovered that once I open up the genie bottle for ideas, so many surge forward! Now, for a fresh cup of tea and diving into the novel work for today. Thank you for this class! Louise

    1. That is SO true about opening up the bottle and letting the genie out. The more we create, the more creative we become!
      And I wonder how many of life’s extraordinary things have been powered by a fresh, hot cup of tea?

  6. Hello Julie!
    I found you when I was vacationing with the kids and grands. Due to arthritis, I stayed back and listened to you. Subsequently, I’ve written a short story that has been curated and published on Medium.com! Also have four more stories to be reviewed by my local writers’ group and Detroit Working Writers of which I’m a member. Good to pass drafts along to others. So helpful, as are you! Thank you so much!
    Nancy Yuktonis Solak

  7. I’m off to change my email signature right now! Just downloaded the Sparks catcher file. I’m looking forward to September.

  8. Thank you for this masterclass right before your challenge next month. Creating my signature was the easy-while-inspired part. The story sparks might require more affirmation about being the writer identity. But a few deep breaths, and some lo-fi music should allow me to release the tension and just spark-le!

    I enjoy your nurturing presence in the video and look forward to the next class!

    1. The sparks are for you and should help you CREATE that writer identity, I hope. There really are ideas everywhere! (But I’m with you on the deep-breathing and lo-fi music!)

  9. Both parts are DONE. Actually, I have been capturing Story Sparks for a few weeks now and I enjoy the process. It is a good feeling to call myself a writer and to know that I have a supply of “ideas” I can use to start a story or include in a story.

  10. I’ve completed both tasks from session one. The emailed I changed is the one with my pen name, so it’s different from the one I’m using for this class. Looking forward to session two. Thank you. Su

  11. I’ve written 30 short romances. Published some. All under a female pen name. Even my email address is a pseudonym!

    I’m a bloke and folklore says men don’t read romances. Statistics admit that 9% do. They certainly don’t write them. Unless you’re Nicholas Sparks. If they do, they hide behind female pen names. Which is why I followed their example.

    All of which makes me ask myself what name I add “Writer” to?

    1. FASCINATING. Sounds like you’re pretty secure in your identity. I might let you fly under the radar on this one 😉

    2. Hi Julie

      Actually I’m not. That’s why I commented as I did. In my real world I’m a public accountant. Being a writer of romances wouldn’t fly so well with a lot of my straight-laced business clients.
      Hence my use of pen names.

      I do want to leave a recognisable legacy of written and published books behind me. For my family. Under my real name.

      Which may be difficult if I only write romances. Which I love to read. And write.

      My issue thus, is what other genre to write in? My other love is police procedurals. Whether I can write them is an entirely different horse.

      1. Ahhhh, I see.

        Well, I wonder if cosy mysteries would be the way to go — you know the kind that usually are part of a series, with an amateur sleuth who encounters an improbably number of murders in their quaint home town 😉 Those often have a lot of the same sensibilities as Romance including a certain amount of formula and emotion (and can involve romance), and you can simply tell your skeptical work colleagues that you write ‘mysteries’, which covers a multitude of sins.

        I bet your business people would get much less snooty about Romance if you showed them some of the industry figures though: it’s the biggest-selling genre in fiction, raking in the most money. Would that speak to their straight-laced business hearts? 😉

        1. Hi Julie

          I’ve considered cozies. Enjoyed some of them. It’s when the cat solves the mystery or there’s a cake-making circle that I’m gone. That’s so not me.

          I do enjoy police procedurals like Sally Spencer’s “Charlie Woodend”. Shorter than most. My favourite is M.L. Buchman who writes military action romances. Lots of non-gory knock-em-down and carry-em-out with a strong romance element. Matt writes a lot of novelette and novella length. Which would suit me.

          1. Very cool. That makes me think of Bernard Cornwall, whose Napoleonic War army novels were secretly very romantic.

            If you love that genre, go for it!

  12. Thanks so much for your great, inspiring session. I identify so much with your description of what writing has been for me — the different ways that I’ve tried and failed. I feel very psyched and happy but also nervous because I feel that I’ve been here before and not continued. How can I want something so much yet not do it? I’m hoping I’ll stick to it but am doubtful. I didn’t know I had an email signature and would feel pretentious, presumptuous adding “writer”. I have printed out the story sparks cards. Here’s hoping!

    1. Ok, the email signature can be a “stretch goal” for you 😉

      Making lasting change is hard, and unfortunately it involves spending some time in this uncomfortable feelings of “I’ve been here before” and feeling how icky it feels. The good news is that you can use that to fuel your progress, long-term if you put the right practices and support in place!

      Let’s make this the last time you have to come back to your writing!

  13. Thanks for the masterclass, Julie. Off I go to change my email signature and stock up on chits of paper around the house for catching story sparks!

  14. Confession here: Took this challenge last year and did not complete it. Wrote most of the month of May but not every day & have since written only sporadically. However, know in my bones that I am a writer. Your Master class helped me get nearer that goal & want to master the habits & tools this year. So, I’m back & determined this time. Also organizing a writers group locally for more accountability & to help all of us stay on track. Will be sharing your program with them. Thank you for your generosity in sharing what has worked for you & so many others!

    1. Thanks for posting this…you’re not the only one and your words will give the others courage to keep going.

      It took me about 8 years to realize that I needed to back up the challenge with more support. Thrilled you’re back and making it a whole-life program!!

  15. Julie,
    I am stepping up to the challenge and I’m encouraged by you. I’ve been writing stories for years and now I am ready to be a writer and published author. I started writing a beautiful story a couple of months ago and the feedback I’ve received says I have a lot to learn; this would be an easy time to quit but I am not giving up. I am a writer and I’m looking forward becoming a great one. I really appreciate you!

    1. This is an awesome and courageous response to that feedback (after all, having a lot to learn is simply that, not a sign that you can’t learn!)

      Looking forward to watching your journey!

  16. Julie!

    Thank you for the marvelous class (or part there of)

    I changed my email signature and made a list of sparks. How easy was that, eh?

    For the past couple of weeks, I’ve ‘wanted’ to write but… yeah, it happens. I let it happen.

    This is a whole new life for writing.

    Thanks again.

  17. Sometimes getting back to basics is what it takes to calm down and stave off the overwhelming-everything-else. This will help get me back on track for May. Thank you!

    1. Love that attitude, Judi. I’m currently in a class that’s doing just that: going back to basics on something I’ve been through before and it’s amazing what I’m discovering this time through!

  18. An email signature isn’t all that applicable to my life, but I did go change my bio on Facebook and Twitter to include “writer.”
    And I downloaded a new app on my phone (Simplenote) for story sparks and even full story ideas. You can tag each note you put in, so I have a “StorySpark” tag I’m using a few times per day now.

    Thanks for the inspiration and community!

  19. Julie, thank you for putting this Masterclass together. I floundered through NaNoWriMo and between burnout and a brutal tax season, it’s been a few months since I’ve even tried writing. This was exactly what I needed to ease back into the process before May.

    1. Oh I’m so glad, (and I can only imagine how tax season must have been for folks who had to make sense of it this year!)

  20. I’ve been using the story sparks worksheet for a few days, and I cant wait to use all these details soon. Thanks, Julie! Looking forward to video two.

  21. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for the excellent video. Your voice is just great to listen to and everything you said made so much sense. The writer code is now pinned on the wall above my desk. I added the ‘Writer’ to my email signature too but have yet to send one out for anyone to make comment. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone notices it, or more so, has the nerve to say anything 🙂 as I have had the same signature there for so long now. All the same, it does feel quite audacious for me.
    In regard to the sparks, I just did the 5 for today thinking retrospectively as it is now quite late in the evening when checking this lesson. But all of the sparks were only sentences about what I did and how I felt really. Such as, what dream had woken me up early, where I went for a coffee for the first time since lockdown and how that felt, the people I saw and met there and how that went and felt, etc etc. It seemed a bit too much about me maybe? Now I know to do them, I think for the rest of the week I can be more present and look around me and see the sparks differently. I often ask myself really weird questions about the most mundane things I see each day, so this exercise should be fun and I reckon there might be more than 5 some days!

    1. Thanks for the compliments!

      It’s funny, isn’t it how the email signature is quite subtle but also quite audacious. Maybe it’s like trying out a daring shade of nail polish…on your toes, first 😉

      I think it’s fine (and natural) for the Story Sparks to be all about you at first. It’s when you run out of those that you’ll need to reach. And when you start to reach, THAT’s when things get weird and interesting…

  22. I’m really having fun reading short stories again, thanks to you, Julie. I couldn’t figure one of them out and for some reason it all came together for me in the middle of the night. Writing a story a day is going to be challenging, and I’m wondering how long you are expecting them to be. I saw on one of your resources – 1000 words. Yikes!!!

    1. Oh, that’s a sign of a good story: it got in to you subconscious!

      In terms of length, they can be any length. I recommend keeping them short if you can. Sometimes I aim for 100 word stories on most days of the month, but you’ll probably find you write to a natural length (might be 500 words, might be 1500). Anything longer than that is a challenge to keep going for more than a day or two.

      The prompts will encourage you to switch things up from time to time (but remember, they’re only suggestions).

  23. Thank you, Julie. I am looking forward to learning more! With those two challenges completed, I realized a need for not simply taking my writing seriously, but treating my writing tools with more respect. I set aside a place for notes on your tutorials and for story sparks.

    1. I LOVE that. It’s going to send the subconscious message to your brain that this is important to you. Looking forward to seeing where this leads you!

  24. A teacher always loves being taught by an inspirational, experienced teacher!
    I am looking forward to going on this very special journey.
    The road is long, and there are many stories along the way!
    Thank you for charting it out for us!

  25. You have inspired me to keep at it and never give up! I know that one of the biggest things missing in my writing life has been community! Thank you! I’m totally in!

    1. Woohoo!

      I have a very wise friend who says ‘the most important story is the one we tell ourselves’. Sounds like you have a healthy story going on, there. I believe you when you say you will never give up!

  26. I did it. My email now has a signature that declares that I am a writer. It was only scary for a bit. Thank you.

  27. Hi Julie,
    I need to get motivated to write again. I’m hoping following along and working your assignments will help me.
    Thank you.

  28. Julie, your voice is so comforting. Have completed both tasks. Do you know, the email signature turned into a technical challenge. So persevere and do it. Now I am a writer!

  29. I totally very like it and got a lot of thing out of the lesson 1 video lot of talking it was got lot out of it

  30. You are inside the writer’s head – ok, inside of MY head. Love how simple you make the prompts, Julie. Thank you. I’m doing it. I have the stories and it all feels so (too?) big – I’ll start with your sparks to get started.

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