Bonus Materials & Worksheets
Welcome & Logistics (1/4/19)
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"The Power of the Post-It: Writing My Life into Existence"
An article I read about Octavia Butler's intention setting plus my own practices helped inspire this challenge and its name.
If you want to learn a little more on that back story and you want to start thinking about different ways you might Write Your 2019 into Existence, check out my blog post “The Power of the Post-It: Writing My Life into Existence.”
(No worries if you can’t read it now—we’ll come back to this post at the end of the challenge).
Day 1: Look Back
Day 2: By the #'s
Day 2 Worksheet - By the #'s:
- “On Maternity Leave and My Writer Self” by Li Yun Alvarado
- 20 Ways to Nurture Your Writer Self (Even When Life Gets In The Way) by Li Yun Alvarado
- “Concerning Craft: To The Writer Who is Not Writing” by Alicia Mountain
WML Facebook Community is also super supportive, so if you’re a writer mom check them out — even if you’re not an indie author, I think you’ll learn a lot and get support for your writing life!
Regular Writing Practices To Take Up & Track in 2019 (If I were you I'd pick one or the other, probably not both(!))
- Daily Writing Habit: Li Yun Alvarado's "The Art of Low Stakes Daily Writing"
- Weekly Writing Habit: Vanessa Mártir's #52Essays2017 Challenge
Day 3: Acknowledgments Page (1/8/19)
- “My New Year’s Gratitude not Resolution List” by Jan Warner
- "Publication Summer: Building Relationships & Getting Published" by Li Yun Alvarado
- In case you’re curious, here are those crazy Dissertation Acknowledgments I wrote way back when.
We don't have to do this work alone. I'm eternally grateful for mis comunidades, which are too numerous to name here, but here are a few online communities that might be a good fit for you.
"WWS empowers women writers to submit their work for publication." This link is to the FB page of the founding chapter in Los Angeles, where they post local events including monthly submission parties as well as calls for submission. There are also regional chapters all over the country.
If you're in Long Beach, CA this local organization is run by writer friends I really admire. "The Long Beach Literary Arts Center is a space for local writers to connect, create, and collaborate. Offering diverse literary programming, the LBLAC seeks to elevate the voices in our community through professional development training, inclusive literary events, and resources for artistic cross-pollination."
Day 4: Five W's
Day 4 Worksheet - Five W's:
- Li Yun Alvarado's About Page
Day 5: Theme
- Nicole Gulotta’s “How to Choose a Word for the Year”
HEALER FRIENDS I TRUST TO HELP ME TAP INTO MY OWN INTUITION
Day 6: Writer's Compass
Day 6 Worksheet: Your Writer's Compass:
Grants, Residencies, Books, and Podcasts oh my!
Check out & bookmark these two lists if applying to grants & residencies, reading more, or listening to more literary podcasts is on your 2019 Writer Compass:
- "Artists Grants & Opportunities"
- "48 Books by Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019"
- "14 Literary Podcasts that Aren't Hosted by Three White Guys"
- "23 Best Podcasts for Writers"
- Kate Northrup's “Upward Cycle of Success” and "Four Phases of Creation”
What I love about Kate’s approach to creation is that it makes space for the down time needed before and after any project. We often get caught up in doing, doing, doing, and do not build enough down time into our lives. Reading these four posts might inspire you to tap into the different phases of any creative process and harness those phases to be more productive while experiencing less burnout. Check them out!
- The Specific Mindset Workflow Shift That Automatically Allows You To Have More By Doing Less
(podcast episode of the Kate & Mike Show Podcast Episode. **Start listening on minute 21:00**)
- Origin Membership Community
There will be a FREE 4-part online Origin workshop starting next week that will cover the following:
- How you can get everything done without rushing
- What to do when you find yourself overwhelmed by everything on your plate and how to not end up there again
- Why the time management strategies you’ve been taught don’t work- and what does
- Why the female brain is optimally wired for entrepreneurial success and how to make the most of yours
- How Self-Sourced Scheduling will give you your time and your life back while increasing your business results
- And so much more!
I think the workshop will be awesome and will really align well with what we’re doing this week while giving you even more ideas on how to build a Writer Life You Love without stressing yourself out!
At the end of the workshop, Kate will invite you to join Origin. It’s a paid membership, but there really is no obligation to join. You’ll still get a ton of good info from the free video workshop.
If any of that sounds interesting, click here to sign up for the workshop and you'll receive helpful information from Kate and her team as well as the videos as they go live.
Like I've mentioned I am an affiliate, so if you do decide to join Origin, I’ll get a small commission at no cost to you.
But seriously, I’m not sharing this because of the commission — I’m sharing it because these principles have been valuable to me over the last year, and I think they’ll be valuable to you as well. I won’t be upset at all if you don’t join Origin, but I WILL be thrilled if you watch the videos and report back that you found them as helpful and actionable as I have.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the benefits of belonging to the (paid) Origin community.
No worries if this isn't for you -- just wanted to put it on your radar in case it might be a good fit!
Day 7: Look Ahead
- (Re)Read my blog post “The Power of the Post-It: Writing My Life into Existence."
- How might you incorporate into your daily life some of the techniques described in the post?
- What other techniques might help bring this week's activities into your daily life?