birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Answering a Few Questions

do i have to do my writing on your website?

No. In fact I strongly suggest you keep a copy of your work on your own computer. But you must submit everything through the website. Everything goes into my high-tech (cough, cough) Birds in a Barrel database that will, at the end, turn it into a book.

What if I write longer than the allotted time?

Some of you asked if you can ONLY write for 10 minutes. My rule is: You can write for longer—but if you're struggling, you only have stare at the screen for 10 minutes. That said, don't go crazy and burn yourself out. It's a 40-day journey no matter what. There's no getting ahead. The time reporting is all on the honor system, but there's no point lying about it. 

HOW DO YOU UPDATE THE STANDINGS SO FAST?

Magic. Or a magic script in a spreadsheet with automated triggers. Standings are updated every 60 seconds.

What does it mean to post to the blog?

Each flock of writers has it's own blog for the duration of your 40 days. Yours is the Larks Blog.  You'll see samples below the form each day.

I LIKE THE BLOG.  I WISH WE COULD READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY.

You can! Click the title of any entry or a "read more" link and you will get the whole piece of writing. (From there, click the writer's initials, and you'll get all of their work, or click the topic, and you'll get everything on that topic...) Click around.

WHO WILL GET TO READ IT?

Anyone CAN read it. It's on the internet, after all. But really, Larks Blog is just for you guys for these 40 Days and I've never had stray traffic show up in the analytics. You are welcome to share your posts with family, friends, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

I personally like to see a bunch of posts on the same prompt side by side and see how different writers take off in different directions.

If i don't post to the blog, is anyone reading my stuff?

Even if you say, "Not today," I will. And so will Russ because he has to figure out what to post and what not to. 

WILL YOU EVER OFFER ANY COMMENTS?  WILL OTHER WRITERS EVER?  

Occasionally. But 40 Writes isn't a writing workshop. It's a workout designed to strengthen people with a daily personal writing practice. Everything I've incorporated is designed to encourage that routine. That said, you can comment to one another, or just can click the little heart to show you liked a post.

Onward and upward!

— Robin

Unless you are e.e. cummings...

A flock of Larks is called...