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

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Day 41: What now?

Just kidding. There's no day 41. You're done. 

First, congratulations! Many of you made it to the very end. As a group, you collectively wrote more than two novels' worth of pages in under seven weeks. A little bit of writing every day adds up quickly.

If you would like to know more about the structure that underpins 40 Days & 40 Writes, feel free to read a bit more about it here. 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 with a reply email, or in the survey. Speaking of the survey, if you haven't yet please take this survey

In addition to your feedback, there are a few other ways that, if you desire, you can help with the growth of the 40 Days & 40 Writes. You can:

Make a contribution. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm going to build an updated version of this program at 40days40writes,com. Your donations will help cover the web hosting and add-on services that I hope will improve the experience. If you'd like to make a financial contribution toward these efforts, well, thank you

Send me other prompts. It may sound silly, but coming up with all the writing prompts was the hardest part of building this. Have a random thought? Send it to me any time at

Suggest it to your friends. My March 12 group is pretty full, but I'm always keeping interest list for future flocks of writers. 

Make an introduction. I hope to team up with people or organizations to create 40-day writing prompts with specific aims, e.g., fiction, memoir, therapy, students. I'm also interested in customizing this program for small groups. Do you know someone who I should talk to?

Volunteer. If you have time or expertise to share, I would love that. For the last 40 days, my friends Donna and Russ have been posting your work to the blog, for instance, and I couldn't have kept two flocks flying without their help.

Thanks to all of you for joining in this journey, and for allowing me to support you in your writing practice.

Well, hello there.

Final stretch