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

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

How it works.

I promised to tell you a little more about the logic behind the prompts in 40 Days & 40 Writes. Basically, it looks like this:


The whole theory is that nouns are easier than verbs and verbs are easier than abstract ideas. Likewise, remembering is easier than observing something new, and really analyzing something is harder than that. So, we stair-step through difficulty, increasing the time as we go. Meantime I'm giving you less and less to go on in each prompt so that at the end you really have to find your own topic.

I like starting with memory prompts because they are the easiest to jump into and get people going. That said, two weeks of memory writing does tend to set the tone for the full 40 days as a memoir storytelling project, which it doesn't have to be for everyone. So I might tinker with that more in the future.

As writers, teachers, students and thinkers... if you look at this model and have any thoughts about it or ideas to share, please let me know.

Fun with charts

The final third...