31 Days of Story:: Introduction
“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way.” – Flannery O’Connor
You guys. Over the next 31 days, I am planning to join up with thousands of other writers for the 2016 “Write 31 Days Challenge”. Every day during October, we will be tapping out new words, digging through our hearts and lives and stories, and hitting “publish.” For the record: I will be needing to put my brave on— because to post new content every single day is some seriously vulnerable crap right there, people! At least for me.
But here is the thing: If you’re anything like me, you’ve got enough email clawing for your attention every day. So I don’t want to overwhelm you with all that. Therefore, in order to not inundate your inbox with daily email, I am only planning to email you today and at the end of the month (with a link to every post that ended up being published). If some posts particularly strike my fancy I might email you a couple times in the middle of the month, but we’ll see how it goes. And of course you are welcome to stop by the blog at any point and check out what’s new each day. (And fyi: I will likely be posting links to my daily posts more frequently over on my Facebook page, so feel free to follow me over there if you’d like.)
The purpose of this challenge, for me, is to simply get back into the discipline of writing every day. And also, because writing out my stories has the power to ground me back into my present and help me really tune into my real-life moments, I am hoping that this process will be therapeutic and life-giving to my soul. I did this challenge last year, too, and found that it was a great practice to help me let go of perfectionism and just get my words out there. You see, when I post something every day I simply DON’T HAVE TIME TO EDIT LIKE I NORMALLY DO. So bear with me: there will be more errors and awkward wording than “normal.” This is good for me. Humblingly good for me.
My focus this year will be on STORY. I will be telling my own present-day stories, memoir narratives, and I’m also hoping to tap out a few great stories some of my friends have told me over the years. I will also host a couple of guest writers throughout the month! Through it all, we will be discussing the importance of story and the ways in which our stories have the capacity to inspire empathy, compassion, and life change in both ourselves and others.
Some times these daily posts will be good and meaty and have a profound life lesson for us to glean. Many days may fall flat. But I am going to do my best to be okay with it all and just allow myself room to fail, room to grow, and room to be a bit of a mess.
I hope that’s okay with you.
I will say this, however: if for some reason trying to tap out new content each day starts to interfere negatively with my family life (i.e. I become “super mean mommy” because I’m stressing myself out with trying to complete this challenge), then I will give myself permission to bow out for the day. Thus, there MIGHT not be anything posted every single day. Please bear with me and extend me grace. Trying to sharpen this craft while also being mom and wife and friend and mentor and regular-work-in-progress-bit-of-a-hot-mess all at the same times doesn’t always go so well.
But I’m giving it my best shot y’all!
I love you and I am looking forward to seeing what God does in and through me this month. Feel free to join me if you’d like!
I’ll see you tomorrow!
[This is Day 1 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. This year my focus is on the role of STORY in our lives. Click here to get to the landing page with links to each post for this series.]
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What about you?
What is challenging you right now? How are you being asked (or pushing yourself) to step out of your comfort zone and attempt something at which you may very well fail?
Please share your journey in the comment section below.