2019 Daily Writing Challenge February 23

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Today Is Day 54 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 53 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 54 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Have you heard of art therapy?  According to Art Therapy Blog, art therapy is “a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”

People normally think of drawing, painting, sculpture as the “art” portion of the therapy. But I don’t see why it can’t apply to the writing process. Writing is a creative process after all.  So why wouldn’t it provide the same type of benefits as other art forms?

Does writing leave you feeling restored?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Like A Stone – Thursday photo prompt

Title: Like A Stone
Source:  Thursday photo prompt: Timeless #writephoto
Word count: 156 words

the image shows a single standing stone in a winter landscape

The silent men, in long brown robes, welcomed Chantal into the cold stone house. Slow shuffling feet wore hollow indentions into unyielding stone. The stones bore testament to their devotion.  They offered her wine and bread, promising her a life everlasting, saying they knew the way.

She learned to read, turned the pages of a book filled with death. To redeem her pagan soul, she offered prayers to gods and angels. With her eyes opened, she felt lost, suffered guilt, and the cold stone house filled her with hopelessness they ground into despair. Sinking low, prostrate with grief, Chantal discovered the last ember hidden in the desolate grotto of her heart.

The spark spoke to her, reminded her of another time. She followed the light to the forgotten time, trusting a voice which promised nothing. There amid the vast emptiness, another stone stood bearing testament.

Chantal stood, tall and unafraid. Confident, she knew her way.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Going out for dinner on Friday night is a pleasure.  I look forward to the ritual of meeting friends, having a wonderful meal and catching up on the week’s happenings. We laugh, have fun and celebrate the highs and lows life throws at us.

But I don’t consider it a sacrifice to write on Friday night. There is something decadent about ordering in, kicking back, and writing.

Do you write on Friday night?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge February 22

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Today Is Day 53 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 52 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 53 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Reaching the Beginning – Stock Photo Challenge

Title: Reaching the Beginning
Source: Stock Photo Challenge
Word count: 100 words

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Destia perched on the wagon seat, confident today would be the same as the string of days behind her. The sameness of her existence stretched into the depths of her memory. The slow, rhythmic steps of the oxen dragged her creaking wagon forward.

Her companion’s faces wore the same expression as the landscape. They knew returning was non-negotiable.

Pero, keeping pace with the oxen, stopped. Alert, his nose tested the wind, then he ran, racing toward the purple smudge on the horizon. The oxen moved faster.

Relief sweep through Destia, but the voice laughed, saying the real journey was beginning.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Loves Legend – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Loves Legend
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 109
Word count: 100 words

Image by Bikurgurl

The legend said their love would last while their initials remained on the Lovers Tree.

Nick carved his initials deep into the bark. His knife traced her initials again. He wasn’t taking any chances.

She hadn’t noticed him, but he had waited, been there for her, loved her. He hadn’t dared to dream, hadn’t imagined she would be his or declare her love.

She swore Todd meant nothing after he broke her heart. But Nick saw the way she looked at Todd when she thought he wasn’t looking.

He gouged the letters deeper and prayed for Todd’s initials to fade.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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For those who don’t know, Deming was an engineer, professor, statistician, author, lecturer, and management consultant. He is credited with leading the Japanese in their post-war recovery with his management principles. The adoption of Deming’s work in the 1950s and ’60s propelled Japan to the second largest economy of the time.

His principles strive to increase quality while simultaneously reducing costs and increasing customer loyalty. In the 1980s Motorola expanded on the Japanese Kaizen method. Further development lead to what we today know as Lean Six Sigma. Lean principles focus on the elimination of eight types of waste. Six Sigma pertains to variation reduction. Combined we talk about continuous improvement.

I am a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and I am versed in Lean tools and the application of Lean principals. Yes, I am a geek. But I am also interested in productivity studies and how I can apply Lean Six Sigma principles to my writing. Enter the Rule of 52 and 17. You can read more about it here. Basically, the Rules states that the top 10% of productive workers use a 52-minute work sprint, followed by a 17-minute break.

The key concept is that during the 52-minute work sprint you are 100% dedicated to the task. While during the 17-minute break, you do anything except the task you are trying to complete. So, I have been trying to adopt the Rule of 52 and 17 into my writing sessions. It takes planning, I must know what I am writing, and I need a notification to remind me it is break time. I am seeing positive results.

How long do you write before taking a break?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge February 21

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Today Is Day 52 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 51 word count in the comments.

———————

What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 52 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer