Checking for leaks
The first day of 40 Days + 40 Writes is always a little like the first day it rains in Southern California. It’s when you find out where all the leaks are. I’ll probably be plugging a few today.
One thing to be careful of is that your username is case-sensitive. And if you put in the wrong username, your work is filed away as “NOT VALID USERNAME.” No one wants that amIrite?
This first week, all the prompts are about memories. Memories are the easiest things to write about because, frankly, they’re already in your head and you just need to draw them out and put them down. I like to ease into 40 Days this way so that you can focus on finding a rhythm to this practice.
Carving out a regular time to write each day is, truly, crucial. For me, it was always after dinner. For others, I can tell they write first thing in the morning. I had one early participant who read the prompt when he woke up, thought about it on his walk to his office, and then wrote for 20 minutes before starting work. The important thing is to find what works for you.