The 30-Day BLOG ANYTHING Project

The-30-day-Blog-Anything-projectAs a result of being so long away from my blog (and I hope you’ve been too busy to notice) I’ve created a new blogging challenge.

The challenge is to blog every day for 30 days. But to make it easier, the daily blog post can be about anything at all.

As well as blogging for 30 days, my intention is to create a product – a book (and maybe something else too?) but not in 30 days. It may take a little longer than that but I will have the bare bones of it in 30 days.  I will share more in future posts as the book evolves and progresses.

Why blog for 30 days?

1. Because writing every day for 30 days means I won’t have time to over-think, over-edit, over-analyse and re-write every sentence.

My writing will be more raw and real.  This scares me, as well as excites me.

2. Because I want to take the pressure off myself around just blogging about my Book Progress.

And frankly, there has not been much progress.  I could find a million excuses, but let’s just say Life got busy and I needed a Break from The Book.

When I did force myself to go back to it, I edited too ruthlessly.  Now I worry that I’ve chopped out some of the good stuff.

Even whilst away from writing the book, I did not forget my protagonist and felt guilty leaving him to fend for himself.

Yet my hope is that the break was meant to be in some way and perhaps the plot, and my hero, needed a break too, a gestation period.

3. Because in the 30-day blogging project there is freedom, to blog about anything, not just Book Progress. And perhaps being able to write about anything will help highlight where my biggest, and truest, interests lie.

I noticed that although I hadn’t blogged for several months, or touched my book, I had written something, almost every day, in my journal.

That was when I thought:

“I wish my blog could be as free and easy and effortless as my journal. “

And that was when the idea for the 30-Day Blog Anything project popped into my mind.

Have you noticed how I switch between calling this a Project and calling it a Challenge? Project feels very different to Challenge, doesn’t it?

I prefer Project.

4. Because writing for 30 days is a great way to Build Blogging Muscle. Surely, if you can blog for 30 days solid, then blogging once a week or even once a month will be a doddle?

5. Because, last but not least, through blogging every day for 30 days, I’m hoping to attract more readers to my blog. This also scares and excites me.

I don’t know exactly what this blogging challenge will bring, or what will be gained by the end of it.   No doubt I’ll learn a lot about blogging, and I’m intending that I’ll have a book, a product.

But more than that, I hope some of what I write resonates. I hope something I write will be interesting or helpful to someone in some way.

6. Because it’s much more fun to write with a reader in mind, than to write only for yourself.  A bit like standing alone on a mountain-top, seeing the beautiful view stretched out before you, yet wishing someone was there to share it with you.

But please don’t feel I’m begging you to come on this journey(!)  Whether, or whenever you have the time to pop by is perfectly fine, or not at all.

I know you’re busy, but hope you have lots of time for fun, laughter and playtime in that busy-ness too.

When is the 30-Day Blog Anything project starting?

The 30-day journey begins on 1 April and ends on 30 April.  Hop on or off any time.

Maybe you want to do a writing challenge of your own in April?  What better time than Spring to start a new project! Or maybe there’s something else you want to do for 30 days?

Share your creative projects

Please feel free to share links to your blog or Facebook page/group. Or just email me and let me know what’s going on for you.  I’d love that.

That’s all for now. But I’ll be back on 1 April my friend, with Day One of the 30-Day Blog Anything project.

Au revoir!

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If I die tomorrow, what will happen to my writing?

“If I die tomorrow, or even, in forty years time, what will happen to my diaries?”

If I die tomorrow, what will happen to my writing?That was a thought that occurred to me after writing in my diary for nearly 30 odd years. I’ve now been keeping my diary for 46 years.  Long enough.

In this very short audio, I reveal how I decided not to wait until I die, and what I resolved to do instead.

Is there something you should be sharing now?

Or would you rather wait until you die? 🙂

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Suddenly, writing my first book is so exciting!

When I first got the idea for my book I was bouncing off the walls with joy!  

Then the work started and I realised there was more to this Book Writing Lark than I’d realised.  But now, I’m re-living that initial enthusiasm!  Suddenly, writing my first book is so exciting – again.

I recorded this audio a while ago. But I’m ready to share my excitement now! I think you’ll probably hear exactly how excited I am …


TRANSCRIPT – Slightly Edited

Hello! Claire Gillen here, my Lovelies.

I just wanted to do a little post about how I’m getting on with The Book.

This morning I woke up and took myself out of bed and straight to my desk. I was so excited about working on my book!

I thought it had been a few days since I’d last looked at it. Actually I think it’d been over a week and I suddenly got this urge to go back to it.

It’s so important I think to go with the flow of how you’re feeling – following your inspiration and enthusiasm.

Many people say the inspiration will come if you sit at your desk and just start working. That may be true as well – sometimes – but not all the time and everybody’s different.

Anyway, I was very, very eager and I almost ran to that desk chair! I started reading the outline that I’d already put in place and how I had started to relate it to The Hero’s Journey and this young boy, the story’s hero.

mystery boy in maskI’m going to try not to reveal his name because …I don’t know … there’s something about why I don’t want to give you his name just yet.

I can’t explain what it is. But I’m almost holding him close to my heart and, not protecting him, but just keeping him … sacred, I think is the word I want to use for now.

So I started looking at all that I’d written before and I was getting really excited! It’s all fleshing out. I can see each of the scenes, the boy’s progress, his adventures, his ups, his downs, all meshing together. It’s starting to seem like a ‘real’ story.

I also now have more of an idea of what bit to work on. And it can be any bit of the story. It can be any stage of the journey. I don’t need to work in order.

Because I’m using Scrivener that makes it all the easier (to work in this ‘out of order way’.)

If you haven’t heard of Scrivener, check it out. If you’re writing anything at all, Scrivener is a fabulous tool.  (The link takes you to a free trial – I’m not an affiliate – I just love Scrivener!)

So that’s it! I just wanted to say that I’m feeling really up, really excited and I think it’s all coming together.

There’s still a lot to do. It’s not the book I thought it was, as I think I’ve said before. But (I think) it’s going to be a fabulous book(!)

I’m enjoying it anyway. And I hope, because I’m enjoying writing it, that other people are going to enjoy reading it. And that makes me feel a little bit tearful – in a nice way!

So, lots of love to you all and I hope that whatever you’re doing is going beautifully as well.

And if it isn’t, Don’t Worry. It will all work out fabulously, I know that for sure. Because … everything always works out in the end.

So lots of love and I’ll do another little blog post soon and let you know how I’m getting on.

Okay. Thanks. Bye!




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Shhh … Don’t tell them you’ve had a Blogging Gap – they might not notice

I admit it. I have had a Blogging Gap. I’ve got an hour and a half to write a blog post and post it. Do I edit one I’ve started, or start afresh?

Shhh Don't tell them you've had a Blogging GapI feel a sense of urgency because I haven’t posted on my blog for months. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone.

Yes, I’ve been busy writing my book but that’s no excuse. I have a whole hour and a half today free – I can do this.

I set myself a deadline that I would get a blog post out before another month rolled by. It is 31 August today. Tomorrow is September. Ahh …

Some writers and bloggers I follow have also not been posting lately. When I receive their apologetic emails I think:

“Don’t apologise!” You’re drawing it to my attention. If you’d said nothing I probably wouldn’t have realised you’ve been silent for three months!

And I’m not even following my own advice. I’ve put a big arrow and pointed it at my ‘blogging gap’.

So now, I’ve broken my duck (whatever that means) and I have posted something – YAY!

From here on in, I am drawing up a Blogging Schedule to keep myself on track.

Apparently, publishing at least two blog posts a week is what we should be aiming for.

Well, if that’s right, my posts will be getting shorter … (Maybe that’s a good thing?)

Like this one! But I’ve done what I set out to do and that is post something before September.

Gaps happen. We all have lives to lead. Blogging isn’t all we do. Especially if we earn our living in ways other than blogging.

So don’t apologise. ‘They’ probably won’t notice. Just get back on track. Which is what I’m doing.

Next post will have an audio too.

Happy writing, happy blogging and happy having fun to you all!

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