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

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

The first few days

The first days of 40 Days & 40 Writes are like the first winter rains here in Southern California, which also arrived on Monday and Tuesday. It's when the leaks get revealed.  We found a few on the web site and are patching them up in the background.

On your end, I hope things are seeming straightforward. Some of you asked if you can ONLY write for 10 minutes. You can go longer—but if you're struggling, you don't have to stare at the screen more than 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. You'll each get your own writing dashboard, so you'd only be lying to yourself.

This first week is, in fact, a good time to explore how and when and where you are going to do your writing. There have been people who take a ready-set-go approach and just dive in immediately when they open their prompt email. Over time, though, most people read the prompt, let thoughts percolate awhile, and then write a little later. See what works for you.

Onward and upward!

— Robin

p.s. If you ever don't get an email prompt, you can go directly to your respective Cardinal/Waxwing workout page to see the current prompt. 

Answering a few of your questions

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