If shooting fish in a barrel is easy, what would one do with a barrel of birds?
Let them fly. And see where they go.
The inaugural project of Birds in a Barrel is called 40 Days & 40 Writes. (Here's an FAQ on how it all works.) You don't need to be a theologian to get the reference(s). Whether it's time to build an ark, wait on a mountaintop, or wander in the desert, 40 days is a period of time in which transformation can happen.
Fundamentally I believe that writing is a tool for thinking, of gathering up unformed thoughts and bringing them to the part of your mind where you can examine them. Done deliberately, it is a particular way of being conscious in the world and of the world.
A few years ago in observance of Lent, I decided I would try to write every day. In the end I managed 30 blog posts adding up to 15,000 words. Even though I've been a professional journalist and editor for all my adult life, I learned a lot about the discipline of writing over those 40 days.
Turning that Lenten practice into a writing program was inspired by a client who said he needed a "personal trainer for writing." He has very interesting ideas, but wasn't finding the time to get them on the page. A few other things have informed and inspired the framework for this program, including: