Day 1 #1000wordsofsummer 2022
Today you will write 1000 words. You are going to write freely and passionately and with beautiful abandon. You will not worry if they are the wrong words. You will not second guess yourself. You will not talk yourself out of this. It is day one and you have a reason for being here: you have something you want to say. No one can stop you from saying it but yourself. And you are going to nail this. Hard.
Welcome to the fifth year of #1000wordsofsummer.
Every day for the next two weeks you will get a letter from me, and, most days, a letter from a contributing author. (Our first letter tomorrow will be from Roxane Gay.) There is an already active community on the slack (details here) and on twitter, where people often post their daily word count. It is the kindest community I have ever seen online — more than 18,000 strong, as of this morning. You do not have to participate in it to write your one thousand words, but it is there for you if you need it.
All of this is free. The act of writing is valuable in so many ways — I want everyone to do it, if they’re interested. And it’s important for writers at all levels to have access to support.
However, if you have a few bucks to spare, please subscribe. One hundred percent of your subscriptions to this newsletter from May 7-June 17 will go to charitable organizations selected by both the contributing authors and myself. As of today, we have already fully funded this summer poetry competition for Louisiana youths organized by the incredible people at FFLIC! Thank you for your donations.
Because more than anything, what I want is for you to feel success over these next two weeks. At the end of each day, I want you to look at all you’ve done and feel pleasure or pride. I want you to stretch yourself. And grow. Listen, whatever your milestones are, they’re achievable, and they’re important. But mostly I just want you to show up every day. For yourself. And you’ve already begun today.
Good luck out there.