This blog post originally appeared on AnneJanzer.com on June 29, 2021.
On January 1, 2021, I opened a brand new journal, picked up a favorite pen, and wrote a simple anecdote about my first Zoom New Year’s Eve party the night before.
This was the first step in a prolonged experiment: What would happen if I wrote a story or anecdote every single day for a year?
I’m on my second journal now, and not planning to stop. The task takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how absorbed I become. It’s a welcome daily practice.
This experiment focuses on the first, fundamental skill of storytelling—identifying the story. I have always struggled with pulling ideas for stories out of thin air, so I embarked on this journal project to see if I could improve.
Now, halfway through the year, I want to share the results with you.
The Ground Rules
The Results After Half a Year
The Cumulative Magic of Practice
What Would You Practice for Six Months?
Author bio: Anne Janzer is an award-winning author, armchair cognitive science geek, nonfiction author coach, marketing practitioner, and blogger. She’s on a mission to help people spread important ideas through writing.
As a professional writer, she has worked with more than one hundred technology companies, writing in the voice of countless brands and corporate executives. She is author of the books Get the Word Out, Writing to Be Understood, The Writer’s Process, The Workplace Writer’s Process, and Subscription Marketing.
Anne can be found at https://annejanzer.com/