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Thirty Days, Thirty Letters

June 14, 2010
Today my attention was drawn to a very cool writing challenge in the most wonderful of ways.
Alix-wa, one of our Thursday Night Write regulars, posted a link on my Facebook wall pointing me to a letter she had written as part of a Thirty Days, Thirty Letters Writing Challenge.
Now, those of you who frequent TNW already know that Alix’s specialty is the writing of these incredibly raw, poignant, heartfelt letters to all kinds of people in her life – even herself. They always move me, but this one had special meaning. It reminded me why I love what I do. Why it’s important. And it made me realize that even when our interaction can seem sporadic and distant online, we touch each other and make a difference in each other’s lives.
I want you all to know that you move and inspire and touch me daily. You are not just names on the screen to me, but real people. Every one of you is fascinating and kind and talented and complex. Even though we may not know each other in real life, your writing makes it easy for me to see the parts of you that make you, well, YOU.

Anyway, I think the Thirty Days, Thiry Letters Writing Challenge is an awesome idea. I don’t know where it started, but Alix describes it as a challenge to writers everywhere, to write one letter a day to a predetermined theme or person. Below is the thirty day list, and you can choose to follow each day’s theme or to tweak it slightly. The challenge is set up to help you improve as a writer and also as a small adventure for self-discovery.

Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your Crush
Day 3 — Your parents
Day 4 — Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favourite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror

The rules are simple: write one letter every day for thirty days straight without skipping or swapping the themes around. Alix tells me it’s hard to have writer’s block when doing this challenge!

Sounds cool, right? Give it a try!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Brooke permalink
    June 17, 2010 12:03 am

    I love this idea Michelle, kudos to the chicky who suggested it, and thank you for sharing it. I’m definitely going to give it a go.

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      June 17, 2010 7:44 pm

      Let us know how it goes for you, hon!


  2. Discreetnessity permalink
    June 16, 2010 9:45 pm

    Weee i’m just gonna start using this name all over now 😀
    anywaaaaysss lol

    I haven’t kissed anyone :O I wonder what I’ll end up writing for that one…

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      June 17, 2010 7:45 pm

      Well, there’s no time like the present.


  3. June 16, 2010 5:52 am

    I’m starting this today, and really I’m just hoping that it’ll help me put a few demons to rest (:

  4. June 15, 2010 8:40 pm

    This is such a great idea! I’m definitely going to have to give this a shot! 🙂

  5. June 15, 2010 1:04 am

    I’m in! Great idea.

  6. June 15, 2010 12:55 am

    I’m in! Sounds messy and fun:D

  7. June 14, 2010 10:41 pm

    This is an awesome idea!! Now, if only I had time for this; I barely have enough writing time with schoolwork–and that’s when I’m procrastinating. I’m gonna try it out when I can, though. 🙂

  8. June 14, 2010 10:02 pm

    This is an awesome idea!!! I have to try this out!!!:):):)

  9. June 14, 2010 9:32 pm

    I love this idea.

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