Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration is all about warming up your writing muscles and finding inspiration in the places closest to you — but where you might not think to look. This course gives you a lot of freedom to experiment: you’re encouraged to shape each assignment as you wish. We’ll offer that initial spark each day, but we won’t tell you what to do. In short, we just want you to write.
This 20-day course is designed especially for bloggers interested in personal writing, essay, and nonfiction, but everyone — from fiction writers to poets to others with niche blogs — can join. This isn’t a course on craft or technique — the focus is on brainstorming post ideas, exploring new formats, pulling from your own experiences, and getting familiar with online resources (from publishing tools to social media).
We’ll send varied writing prompts to your inbox each day. Publish what you write on your blog, or use the assignments as private writing practice. Either way, the prompts will help you unlock new ideas. Happy writing!
Day One: I Write Because . . .
Can you share some examples of responses?
- 23 inspiring quotes from famous authors.
- The I Write Because project, which is full of personal, honest submissions.
- George Orwell’s essay, “Why I Write.”
- Another way to begin the sentence: “I just want to write…”
I can’t turn my internal editor off. Help!
A blank post can be terrifying. Natalie Goldman, author of Writing Down the Bones, says that all writing is simply practice. Consider her rules for the basic element of a consistent writing practice: the 20-minute timed free-write. Note that while these were created with pen and paper in mind, it’s the principles that are most important. Don’t stop, don’t delete; you can set aside time to edit later:
- Keep your hand moving. Don’t pause to reread the line you’ve just written. That’s stalling and trying to get control of what you’re saying.
- Don’t cross out. That is editing as you write. Even if you write something you didn’t mean to write, leave it.
- Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page.
- Lose control.
- Don’t think. Don’t get logical.
- Go for the jugular. If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.
Where do I publish my response?
Publish a response to this first assignment in a new post on your blog. You’re welcome to practice writing privately too, of course. If you’d like feedback, share a link to your post in a comment on The Daily Post’s latest Community Pool.
I’m not interested in a piece of personal writing today. What now?
Think of ways to tweak the prompt so it works for you. For example:
- Consider a poem on what drives you.
- If you’ve got an academic or business blog, revisit your ultimate goals or mission/vision.
- Write a piece of flash fiction. If you need inspiration, check out Friday Fictioneers, a supportive and prolific community of writers. A new prompt appears each week.
- Short story writers can consider a piece in which a character realizes their true, unexpected purpose in life.
Day Two: Write a List
Can creating lists help me in my writing?
Author Ray Bradbury believes so. He wrote lists of nouns to help trigger story and title ideas:
These lists were the provocations, finally, that caused my better stuff to surface. I was feeling my way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of my skull.
— Ray Bradbury
Do you have any examples of lists?
At Things We Like, Jessica Gross compiles lists of things that other people like. In fact, Jessica’s site inspired Blogging U. editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands to draft her own extended list of things she likes.
Author Amanda Mininger published a great list in “The Fourth Decade,” reflecting on approaching age 40. She compiled lists within a list, including what she’s gained and what she’s lost. In another list, Patti Murin compiled things learned from watching TV.
I’d prefer to work in a different genre. What now?
Here are a few ideas for fiction:
- Your character discovers a piece of paper, with a list on it, on the ground. What happens next?
- Fully imagine a character: list their physical characteristics.
And for poetry:
- Incorporate numbers into a poem, or focus your poem on things you like, wish for, or have learned.
- Write a poem that uses numerical constraints, such as a haiku or sonnet.
Quick tip: If you don’t use a notetaking tool, check out Simplenote: great for jotting down ideas and making lists (and built by the makers of WordPress.com). You can use it to collect links, save notes, draft posts, and more. (You’re not required to create an account and use it for this assignment.)
Day Three: One-Word Inspiration
Do you enjoy the creative spark set off by a single word? Here are additional ways to get inspired for another day:
- Consider a prompt box: an offline well of inspiration that you can draw from on a rainy day. Andrea Badgley keeps prompts on slips of paper in a Chinese tea tin. In whatever vessel you choose, add slips of paper with single words, as we’ve practiced here. Short phrases work well, too.
- Check out The Daily Post for a sampling of one-word prompts.
- The site One Word offers a one-word writing prompt generator.
Day Four: A Story in a Single Image
These are free-to-use high-resolution images — no attribution required. To use an image, click on its download link below to open it on its own page, then save it to your computer. Upload the image to your Media Library and insert it in your post.
- Woman in woods (download)
- Man in church (download)
- Jumping in pool (download)
- Crowd in transit station: (download)
Having trouble downloading an image?
After you click the “download” link of your selected image, you can then right-click on the image, then choose “Save Image As…” from the menu. From here, you can save the image to your preferred location on your computer.
These photos aren’t working for me. Any other ideas?
- If you aren’t inspired by these photos, visit Unsplash.com, a great site for free images. Scroll until you find an image that appeals to you. Tip: Search for keywords in the search bar at the top right, and click the four-image grid icon above the first image to switch to grid view, which is easier to browse.
- This roundup of sites for free-to-use images includes resources similar to Unsplash.
- Check out Flickr’s Creative Commons for free images. There’s a large collection of images in the public domain.
- The New York Public Library has vast online digital collections. If you choose to use an image from this site, please be sure to credit the image.
Some of these recommended images are huge! Can I resize them?
High-resolution images are large files. When editing your post in your WordPress.com post editor, you can drag and drop the corners of an image to make it smaller.
Using images in my posts is new to me. Do you have any more tips?
This post on quick fixes for image posts is a good primer.
Day Five: Hook ’Em with a Quote
We encourage you to find inspiration in others’ words and sentences. Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested:
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
To see how famous authors have used other people’s words in their work, see these 25 greatest epigraphs in literature.
I’m having trouble placing my text inside a blockquote — help!
You can create blockquoted text in a few ways:
- Write your text, highlight it, then click the blockquote button.
- Click the blockquote button, then write your text. To close the quote, hit enter and click the blockquote button again.
- If you prefer working in the HTML editor, type your text in between two bits of code, like this:
<blockquote>your text goes here</blockquote>. (Learn more about blockquotes and simple HTML.)
What does a blockquote look like?
The visual styling of your blockquote depends on your theme — every theme is different, and some have more dramatic blockquotes than others (a shaded background, quote marks, etc.). Each theme has a demo site on which you can see how various elements, including blockquotes, look on a page. Visit your theme’s page in the Theme Showcase and click on the “demo” link to see it in action.
Where can I find a quote if I need one?
Feel free to find a quote from anywhere: your favorite book, an article you just read, the text from a card. Pull a quote of any length, but ideally between one sentence to a short paragraph. Be sure to include the source of the quote. If you can’t find one, try the quotes section on Goodreads.com, where you’re bound to find a line that speaks to you.
Can I use the image in today’s email as the featured image in my own post?
Some of the featured images in our prompts, like this one, were found in Flickr’s Creative Commons, which we mentioned on Day Four. If you use today’s red quote mark image, you must give credit and include the photographer and license, as noted in the caption. Learn more about properly attributing photos.
Day Six: The Space to Write
Not sure how to start? Consider these questions to shape your post:
- What are your writing habits?
- What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
- What do you need and want in a physical space?
Do I have to address all of the questions posed in the email and above?
Absolutely not! These questions are simply prompts if you need extra guidance.
What’s the additional task all about?
This is the first assignment where you have an extra task in preparation for a future assignment (Day Fifteen). You do not have to publish a second response; the goal for the additional task is to direct readers to a contact form or poll to gather ideas over the next few weeks.
I already have a contact page on my blog.
Awesome! Ask your readers to use it to submit ideas to you. Link to it at the end of your post.
I don’t have a contact page yet. How do I create one?
To create a contact page, publish a new page with a contact form, and then add this page to your menu. There are two ways to add a contact form to a page: the first option is to add the necessary shortcode to the page; the second option is to create one in the WP Admin view of your dashboard. The instructions for both options are on this support page.
If you don’t want to create a static contact page and simply want to add a contact form to today’s post, follow the steps above while editing your post instead of a new page.
How do I create a poll for my post?
You can create a poll with Polldaddy, which is integrated into WordPress.com. Go to Polldaddy and sign in with your WordPress.com login credentials. Click the button to create a new poll. After you’ve created your poll, click on the “WordPress” tab and grab the shortcode if you’re a WordPress.com user (or the URL if you’re a self-hosted WordPress user), and insert the shortcode where you’d like to display the poll in your post. If you need help, check the FAQs in Polldaddy’s Help section.
I don’t want to work with polls or forms. What now?
For those who don’t want this extra challenge, simply add a call to action to the bottom of today’s post. Something like: “Readers, what would you like me to write about in the future?” You can then allow people to leave suggestions and ideas in your post’s comments.
Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You
Can I embed a tweet in my post?
Since you’re responding to a tweet, you might want to embed the tweet in your post, which means displaying the tweet card right on your site. This isn’t mandatory! But if you’d like to do so, go back to today’s email and click on your chosen tweet. (Yes, that’s right — the tweets in the email are clickable!) Clicking a tweet takes you to its original version on Twitter. You can then use this page on Twitter to embed the tweet into your post. Read the steps to embed a tweet on the support site.
As an alternative, you can simply refer to the tweet and Twitter account in your post; or link to the tweet (just as you’d link to any other post or page on the internet); or put the text of the tweet in a blockquote, which you were asked to do in an earlier assignment.
Do you have any embedding tips?
Be sure to paste the tweet’s URL on a line by itself, and don’t hyperlink it. Also, when drafting your post, switch to your HTML Editor (click the HTML tab) to check for extraneous text or code around the tweet URL, which might cause embedding issues, too. Step-by-step instructions are on the support page.
I don’t like any of these tweets.
If none of these tweets appeal to you, visit Twitter.com and enter “#quotes” in the search field, which will display tweets with this hashtag. Find a tweet that intrigues you. When you’ve found one, click on its timestamp (for example, “30m,” “10h,” or “Oct 30”), copy the tweet’s URL in your browser, and drop this URL on its own line in your post editor to embed the tweet in your post.
I don’t want to use Twitter at all.
Day Eight: Reinvent the Letter Format
I’m not sure what type of letter to write. Any suggestions?
Approach your letter in any way you’d like. Here are ideas:
- A humorous or satirical letter to a celebrity or public figure.
- A piece of constructive criticism (or praise) to a politician.
- A letter to a thing — a fear, a bad habit, an object, a place, etc.
- A note to yourself at a specific age/year in the past or future.
- A letter to someone who cannot respond (a loved one who has passed, a fictional character).
I still need inspiration. Help!
For specific examples, check out:
You may also find examples in the letter tag page in your WordPress.com Reader.
What if I don’t want to write a letter?
These prompts are simply meant to give you ideas — not to restrict you. Other options:
- Instead of writing a letter, respond to one instead.
- Tell us about the last letter you wrote by hand.
- Remember a letter you once received from someone dear to you.
- Tell us about a letter you wrote — but never sent.
Day Nine: Writing and Not Writing
Do I have to answer all questions posed in today’s assignment?
No, you don’t have to address them if you’d rather go in a different direction.
For the future collaboration post, can you offer examples?
Yes, here are examples to consider:
- Interviews: Leanne Cole talks to fellow photographers in her Introductions series; Tessa Love has published Q&As with wanderers at Wander Home; Cheri Lucas Rowlands published an interview with the founder of Vela magazine on Longreads.
- Writer/artist partnerships: Shelley Sackier and Robin Gott join forces at Peak Perspective; John Kelly showcases his brother Andrew’s sketches at Mashed Radish.
- Themed submissions: Diahann Reyes at Stories From the Belly invited two of her favorite bloggers to contribute to a post on baring the female breasts; Daily Post editor Michelle Weber gathered responses on the topic of the scariest post ever published.
Can I collaborate with anyone? How do I contact them?
As mentioned in the email, it’d be ideal to interview or work with a blogger (on any platform), a fellow #everydayinspiration participant, or any writer, artist, or photographer online. But ultimately, you can work with anyone you wish.
When you select someone to approach, reach out via their contact page. If they don’t offer a way to contact them on their blog, look for social icons (like Twitter or Facebook) and send a message there. If it’s not obvious how to contact them, you unfortunately may have to find an alternative.
What happens if I don’t prepare a collaboration post?
We encourage you to reach out and work with someone. For those who decide to pass, we’ll provide an alternate prompt on Day Nineteen (when this post is to be published).
Do you have interviewing tips?
Read this post on asking the right questions for an interview.
Day Ten: Let the Scene Write Itself
Do you have more tips on how to approach this assignment?
When observing, pay attention to everything: what you see, hear, smell, and feel. If you’re watching a scene unfold, or a conversation from afar, look at small details and movements, but also the bigger picture and the surrounding setting.
Your notes are meant to remind you of the details, but you don’t have to incorporate every detail into your post. Select the bits that seem important or appealing to you, then shape your post around them.
For your post’s format, you might have immediately had an idea when you watched your scene. But in other cases, you’ll need to look at your notes to decide what to do. Did you scribble down phrases while watching a bird dive into a pond? Maybe you’ll write a haiku. Did you take notes on the body language of a couple on a bench? Perhaps you’ll pen a short story focused on an important conversation.
Do you have some examples and ideas?
- Write a poem based on what you see, like this sonnet on plastic and pollution by Malcolm Guite.
- Create a short story with dialogue based on exchanges you overhear between two people.
- Draft a meditation on life inspired by nature surrounding you.
- Shape a story or personal essay around an object, sign, or something else within your setting.
Don’t be afraid to take risks! Your response can be purely nonfiction and be an exact report of what you see, or a piece of creative nonfiction that uses storytelling elements (like point of view, pacing, and dialogue) to shape a more dramatic narrative.
I’m packing light today and will only carry my phone. Any tips?
Day Eleven: A Cup of Coffee
Can I see this “virtual coffee date” format in action?
Yes! Check out the blog Kate Goes Global. In her posts, Kate begins each paragraph with If we were having coffee right now…and then adds a detail. You can share any details you’d like and include as many as you want, as long as you begin each with If we were having coffee right now… (or a variation of this phrase, as seen on Girl with the Red Hair).
What if this type of post doesn’t work for me?
If the “virtual coffee date” format doesn’t fit on your blog or simply not your style, here’s your alternative: use a coffee shop as your inspiration. For example:
- Set your poem or short story in a cafe.
- Not a fan of coffee shops? Tell us about a place or type of setting where you like to meet and socialize with friends or loved ones.
- Love or hate coffee? Tell us why.
If you can’t think of anything to say to an old friend, consider an update on this Blogging U. course so far: offer them a snapshot of your experience at this halfway-point in the course.
Day Twelve: Critique a Piece of Work
Not sure what to write about? A “piece of work” can be a number of things! A film, TV show or episode, a single piece of art (painting, sculpture, ballet performance), an art show, a book, a magazine, a website… The list goes on. Here are some concrete examples:
- Review something you’ve recently read, watched, or experienced: a book, movie, TV show, art exhibit, festival, or something else. Check out Kira Bindrim’s Sorry Television and the film and television posts of Alec Nevala-Lee for examples of review and culture writing.
- Offer your perspective on a topic of your choice (from politics to public education, from feminism to the environment, or any other topic you’re passionate about). Address the topic from a specific angle or respond to a recent piece of news, which may tighten your piece. Check out blogs like I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog and The Boeskool to see how writers offer their perspectives on hot and relevant topics.
- Write a “letter to the editor”-style piece about a local or community issue that you’d love to see resolved.
You don’t have to structure your post as a review. It can be a critical essay, some kind of commentary, or any other format that works for you. For more ideas and inspiration, read this post on writing about books, movies, and music, or this advice on writing a thoughtful opinion piece.
Day Thirteen: Play with Word Count
Can we write about anything today?
Yes, you’re free to write on any subject, in any form or genre. The focus is on experimenting with your word count and aiming for a length you don’t normally publish.
I’m not sure how to start. Any ideas?
- Try a haiku: a three-line poem, with 5/7/5 syllable count.
- Write a 50-word story. Get ideas from the tiny tales at 50-Word Stories.
- Take a look at some 100-word stories at 100 Word Story, or this Reader’s Digest list of winning 100-Word True Stories, then try your own.
- Pick a previously published longer post you’d like to pare down. Keep it at 750 words or less, like the essays at Brevity, a site of concise creative nonfiction.
- Want to go long? Expand on an existing post. Search your post drafts that are thematically similar and see if you can merge parts of each. Or, combine two or more published posts into one longform piece.
Do I have to publish a specific word count (for instance, 50, 100, 500, or 1500 words)?
Nope! You may use the examples above as a guide, but feel free to set your own word count goal.
Do you have any tips for shortening an existing post?
Pick a post that you can improve by cutting certain words or sentences — delete extraneous words throughout, or more intense editing can help you remove sections or rearrange the structure. Or, look for a post with a main idea or message that you could distill into a haiku, another type of poem, or a brief post.
How can I format a longer post? You can split a post into multiple pages. Or add white space, subheads, graphic elements, or even images in between passages of text.
Day Fourteen: Recreate a Single Day
What’s the best way to approach this assignment?
Setting limits on your writing can be both liberating and productive, as you may have noticed in Day One’s timed free-write and yesterday’s word count exercise. For this assignment, it might seem hard, at first, to tell a compelling story with such a limited temporal horizon: you have no recourse to flashbacks, backstory, or foreshadowing (unless it’s in reference to something about to take place that same day). But the narrow confines of one single day will encourage you to zoom in on rich, telling details.
Authors of both fiction and nonfiction have used the frame of one day to tell rich, long narratives — from the wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce’s Ulysses to Cornelius Ryan’s painstaking reconstruction of D-Day.
But remember: recreating a single day doesn’t automatically mean describing every detail. This assignment is very much about editing — and focusing on the right details.
Can I write in any style or genre?
Yes! Fiction or nonfiction or memoir or poetry or photo essay or list or . . . anything.
Does it have to be chronological?
No. When you recreate your single day, you can start in the middle, or at the end, or at any other point in the day (and jump around in time, as long as you stay within the boundaries of this day). That said, starting at the beginning is just fine.
Do I have to describe a full 24-hour day?
No. As mentioned in the email, you can zoom in and focus on part of the day, if you prefer.
Day Fifteen: Take a Cue from Your Reader
I created a poll and don’t know who submitted the idea.
Poll voters are anonymous, so there’s no need to acknowledge the reader. You can simply say, “thanks to everyone who voted in my poll a few weeks ago,” or a similar message.
I don’t have any reader-submitted ideas. What now?
As an alternative to this assignment, here are five passages you can choose from (and sample prompts if you need them):
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Astronomer Carl Sagan
- What does the line above mean to you?
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
- I have faith in . . .
- Are you optimistic?
- Tell us about a challenging journey.
“Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.”
— Unknown source, from a fortune cookie
- Have you ever felt awake, but in a dream?
- Have you received a message in a fortune cookie that moved you?
“We read to know we’re not alone.”
— William Nicholson, Shadowlands
- Tell us about a book that opened your eyes when you were young.
- Describe a life-changing experience with a book.
- Where do you like to read?
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
— Maya Angelou
- Tell us about a time when a piece of music moved you.
- Do you have an all-time favorite song? Why is it significant?
- Compile a playlist of 10 tracks that represent you.
If I choose one of these passages above, how many of the questions do I answer?
The questions underneath each passage are there to give you ideas on what to write — you may respond to one of them if you’d like, but you don’t have to.
Day Sixteen: Mine Your Own Material
What does “mine your own material” mean?
To mine (verb) is “to find and take away from a mine; to search for something valuable (in something).” For this prompt, focus on finding ideas and stories in places you already have access to: your WordPress.com posts or content on other social networks.
I’m not sure how to approach this assignment. More inspiration, please!
The physical artifacts of our lives act as our raw material: hardbound journals, photo albums, newspaper clippings, belongings handed down to us. But these days, we also document and live online, so we should treat our blogging communities and social spaces in the same way.
WordPress.com editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands likes to look for post ideas in these places. She once used phrases from a forgotten draft of a blog post to create almost-poetry. She has searched her social accounts for old Facebook posts and tweets and blogged about her behavior on Facebook (here and here) and Twitter (here and here). She’s experimented with creative content generators, like Poetweet, which uses your tweets to create poems.
Imagine a shopper searching for vintage items at a flea market, or an artist using recycled materials to build a sculpture. Can you dig through your online treasures and build upon old stories and existing writing?
This type of post doesn’t apply to me. What are other options?
Use the topic of social media as your starting point. “Watching a Friend Die on Facebook” and “Time Travel on Facebook” are great examples in which these writers look to their Facebook connections and interactions for inspiration. Cheri also once wrote about “life curation” on Facebook, her unease with Pinterest, and how Instagram has ruined her.
I don’t do social media — no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, nothing. What else can I write about?
Ponder this phrase: the things we leave behind. Or, sift through your hardbound journals, photo albums, or scrapbooks. Is there a story you can resurface and bring to life? Can you revisit a moment you’ve pinpointed among these tangible treasures?
Day Seventeen: A Map as Your Muse
Can you suggest ideas for my map post?
Here are several ways to get started:
- Tell us about your connection to a place.
- Pen a poem inspired by the area’s topography.
- Write a piece of memoir in the form of directions from point A to point B, in which each item reveals something about you or the area, like in Anna Fonte’s “How to Get There.”
- Use this geographic map as a model for a mental and more imaginary map, like this map of the lyrical essay from Nina Gaby.
- Switch to Google Street View and write a story based on what you see.
- Write an essay set in this location, like Dinty Moore’s Google Maps piece, “Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge.”
- If you don’t want to include a map, you can respond to the assignment without one, like this personal essay by Maggie Messitt.
You’re welcome to select from one of the ideas above, though it’s not required — they’re just ideas to get you thinking. Consider maps from your favorite fantasy novels. Trace the route of a memorable road trip. Dig up an old atlas your grandfather gave you and tell us a story about it. You’re free to go in any direction as long as it’s inspired by a map of some kind.
How do I take a screenshot?
Here are the steps for taking a screenshot for your PC, Mac, and mobile devices.
How do I embed a Google Map?
You can embed a Google Map into your post by following the instructions on this support page.
I don’t have a map image for this post. Is that OK?
You don’t have to publish a post with a map image or screenshot. Feel free to download an appropriate free-to-use image from a photo resource site, if you’d like, or publish a post without an image.
Day Eighteen: A Series of Anecdotes
Do you have tips to help me get started?
You can create a spectrum of moods in this format. You might aim for a warm, lighthearted vibe, like a travel blogger channeling her love of the road through a string of portraits of people who took her on as a hitchhiker. Or tackle a serious, tough issue like discrimination through the fragmented lens of anecdotal storytelling, as shown in Teri Carter’s piece enumerating the instances of racism in her own family.
It’s helpful to first brainstorm a common feature that will tie everything together (whether it’s a theme, a literary device, a phrase, your setting, a thing, a character, etc.). Other examples include “Twelve Ways of Looking at Water” (common element: water), “The Bridge Was Gone” (common setting: wedding), and “The Yellow Bus” (common thing: yellow bus).
Still not sure how to approach this assignment? Here are more ideas:
- Build a narrative of your own personal growth (or your attempts at achieving it) by evoking some of your past birthday parties.
- Write a post in which each section begins with the phrase “You may never believe this.”
- Recount the same anecdote several times, but do it from a different POV, style, or genre each time, so that each retelling exposes something new in your tale.
- Offer snapshots of your past (or some aspect of your life), marked by moments at different ages.
You can select from the options above, but are ultimately free to choose your own topic.
How many anecdotes do I need?
Include as many as you feel is necessary to get your idea or story across.
How long does each anecdote need to be?
They can be as short or as long as you’d like, and they don’t need to be the same length.
How do I visually distinguish one anecdote from another?
While you don’t have to do any fancy formatting, here are a few simple ways to separate each vignette in your post:
- A simple paragraph break
- Punctuation marks between paragraphs, like em dashes ( — ), asterisks ( * * * ), or hashtags ( # )
- Numbers ( 1, 2, 3 ) or Roman numerals ( I, II, III )
Day Nineteen: Feature a Guest
Here are a few notes for writers who didn’t publish a collaboration post:
What do I include in a roundup?
In your roundup, you can publish a simple list of links to posts you’ve read and loved, or more detailed descriptions about each piece you’ve recommended. Another technique is pulling a favorite quote from each post, which you can see in this collection of posts reflecting on the death of musician David Bowie. Ultimately, you’re free to publish your roundup in any format you’d like.
Do you have any roundup examples?
If you need ideas on how to format your post, check these out:
- Top 5 Longreads of the Week at Longreads
- Links I Loved newsletter by Legal Nomads
- New York Times Digest at Submitted For Your Perusal
Do you have other ideas for a roundup?
If you need more ideas, consider highlighting:
- Entire blogs instead of individual posts.
- Articles you’ve read and liked from various publications.
- Your favorite #everydayinspiration posts from fellow participants.
- Your favorite responses to a single #everydayinspiration assignment.
- A selection of your best posts from this course.
Day Twenty: Wrap It Up
If you’re not inspired by today’s prompts, consider these alternatives:
- Choose your favorite assignment from this course and do it again in a different way.
- Revisit the most challenging assignment and try again.
- Reflect on your progress during this course: what have you learned about yourself (and your writing)?
This final assignment is the most free-form of all — feel free to reflect in your own way.