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Morning Writing Challenge FAQ

Can I do the Morning Writing Challenge AND National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Absolutely! If anything, this writing challenge will give you a boost for your NaNo writing by jumpstarting your writing routine.
Can I participate in the Morning Writing Challenge if I'm already a member of your Called to Write community? Of course you can! Please do! We'll be running our regular writing sprints on our Called to Write site, and you can use those sprints coupled with the Morning Writing Challenge to give yourself a big burst of writing energy. For the week of November 2nd, we'll be sprinting at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 9 a.m. Pacific Time, so you're sure to find a time that works for you. If you're in a later time zone and want to team up with other challengers for an earlier sprint, please make a post on our site. We'll encourage you to post your writing space pictures to Twitter and/or Instagram too, with the goal of helping us spread the word about the challenge. [Not a member? Join us! All are welcome.]
What about the election? Is this a good time to do a challenge like this? It is definitely a good time to focus on your writing. We don't know what things will look like as a result of the election during our challenge week (and we might not know for some time.) While there will almost certainly be massive ups and downs, major distractions, and who knows what else, writers write. So we'll carve out a small chunk of writing time each morning and THEN deal with the news of the day. We can do this, together!
What about quarantine fatigue? Should we be pushing ourselves right now? My theory is that we're all tired in one way or another, but we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward on fulfilling our call to write. We don't know how much longer this pandemic will last, and I'd love to see all of us emerging on the other side of it as stronger writers. Also — and this is important — "pushing" can mean many things. My goal is to have you writing for ANY amount of time in the morning, even just for 5 to 15 minutes. It really adds up (I wrote a whole script that way). So let's go!
What if I don't want to post photos of my personal writing space? That's okay! You have options. You could skip posting an image altogether, and simply share a text-only tweet about your writing start time, your planned writing time, and even a note about where you're writing if you'd like (obviously this doesn't work for Instagram). Alternatively, you could post a close up of your screen with something not personal on it as a way of participating without sharing your personal space, or even an image you choose from an open license photo source like Unsplash that represents your writing mood for the day. I encourage you to find a creative way to join us. 😊 
What am I supposed to be doing again? Scroll down to "here's how the challenge works" for an overview.
If you have other questions, please message us through our contact form here. We'll do our best to answer ASAP.
Here's How the Challenge Works
Here's the plan for each day's writing:
  • Take a picture of your writing space.
  • Post it to Twitter or Instagram tagged with the #MorningWritingChallenge hashtag with your writing start time, and the length of your planned writing session (even 5 to 15 minutes is a great place to start). (I suggest ONLY uploading your image without looking at social media.)
🖋 ✨ WRITE ✨ ✒️
  • After you write, return to your tweet or Instagram post and share a follow up comment with our #MorningWritingChallenge hashtag and anything else you want to share about your morning writing experience. 
  • Once you’ve added a comment or tweet, click on the hashtag and find three other writers to cheer for the day. I’ll be looking for your posts to cheer for you, and sharing mine too.
  • That’s it! You’re done for the day. Super simple, fun, and a great way to get a new morning writing habit in place. Now give yourself some kind of reward. :)