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Still hanging in there. I look forward to your letter each day. They motivate me. I’ve fallen a bit behind but at 8000 words to date I’m so close and it feels good to accomplish that.

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"Just these words from me, encouraging you to give yourself love and respect. I want you to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished thus far. I want you to recognize what you’re capable of doing in the future. You are here. You are writing. Sit with this feeling for a moment. You are a writer."

This is my first time doing the two week #1000 words of summer. I did the short one this winter and found it easy. As we are nearing the end, I'm giving myself a hard time. I've finished a first draft of a short story and today am editing/revising parts of it. I wrote 500 words in response to another's writing. The competitive part of me says I have to do 500 more words--revision doesn't count. And then I read Jami's words of encouragement. And it helps me back off myself. 1000 words is a nice round number. It's a good number in order to feel like one has written. But it's not carved in stone. I've done well today, I deserve my love and respect. I have finished a short story (well a first draft anyway!! but still, that's one more than I had this time last year!) So I just will keep talking that competitive part of me off the cliff and give her love and respect also. Thanks everyone.

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For some reason, it's been the most challenging #1000words for me this time, a slow eking out of words, drip, drip, drip. I think I now have a first draft of a 5000 word story, though, a story that was insistent it be set down. & that is the story of this #1000words.

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I went to a workshop a few years ago with Louise Miller (author of the delightful City Baker's Guide to Country Living) and she handed out signs to everyone that simply said, "I AM A WRITER". It sounds silly, but it was a turning point in my writing life. I carry that sign around in my notebook to this day! I AM A WRITER. YOU ARE A WRITER. Let's do this.

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Not the last day already! I'm ready for another year! What a wonderful way to plug into this amazing profession!

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This has been super valuable. Thank you to Jami, the contributors, and everyone for keeping us all writing!

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“I want you to recognize what you’re capable of doing in the future. You are here. You are writing. Sit with this feeling for a moment. You are a writer.”

This is jus so... fulfilling 🥹

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Today was a mess, full of tech shit and all that kind of stuff. Got my book cover locked yesterday so that was a tough writing day, too, but I wrote--just about 800 words. I am sitting down today and getting it done...marketing stuff has to get written so I am giving myself credit for every page, even though it is not what I want to be writing! Thanks for the support and the kindness Jami.

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Aaaah, great letter today! Day 13, 1388 words in the new book and a new post! For June, we talk about swimming, the Petey Sellers Secret Garden, coming back into the world and taking risks, and the first #1000wordsofsummer without Petey. But of course he's here, and cheering all of us on! If you want to read: https://peteysellerssecretsociety.substack.com/p/swimming-in-the-shallow-end

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Thanks, as ever, for doing this series. I was especially excited this time around because I was more prolific than usual.

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im a day late but this is still right on time!

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Supporting each other is the most important and valuable part of being a writer. 💞

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