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FAQs for 100 Writing Days of Summer

Summer officially begins on Monday, and with it begins the 100 Writing Days of Summer program. Summer is a time of dreaminess, hopefulness, even laziness. It is a time I like to write – because the living is easy. And after writing, I can engage in some of my favorite ways to think – BBQs, a dunk in the pool, a bike ride or a day at the beach. When you’re actively writing, all those activities can also be considered “writing” because you’re incubating your thoughts and ideas. And because when you’re having fun, your brain is open to solution finding, and ideas come more easily.
I’m hoping you want to write with us this summer. I thought this FAQ might help you make the decision. Thanks, and I hope to see you in there, writing your heart out. #100WritingDaysOfSummer
PS. I know it’s a weird summer that already feels too busy, though it hasn’t even started, but a Yes to the program is a Yes to your WIP. Join 100 Writing Days of Summer.
Where do I sign up? Right here!
What is the actual time commitment?
The total time spent writing together is 20 hours in 10 2-hour sessions. The rest is “free range.” You might set your own writing goal that creates a bigger commitment in our opening ceremony, or with a writing buddy.
What is the schedule for the Write/Coach/Write sessions?
The times were chosen to accommodate working people, and people on both coasts and in between. We’re meeting to write…
· Some Thursdays 5-7pm, PDT (8-10pm ET)
· Some Saturdays 8-10am, PDT (11-1pm ET)
What is a Write/Coach/Write session?
When we say Write/Coach/Write, we mean,
Write 45 minutes
Next 30 minutes, have the option of getting coaching help as a group for creative indecision, doubts or dread your brain is serving up with Julia Roberts, creativity coach
Write for the remaining 45 minutes.
Anyone who is on a roll can skip the coaching part, by turning off their speaker, and write on.
How much does it cost?
The price for the program is $299. If you prefer, you can pay over three months, each month at $109.
What do you get?
Every weekday, you get a beautiful email – with a writing tip and a Summery Picture Prompt. Tips were written for this program by the Author Panel, summarizing their experience, insights and best practices
The FB group offers camaraderie, a place to find an accountability buddy, and access to the Author Panel. One author is featured for 10 days at a time, all summer long.
You can also ask a coaching question of Julia Roberts, who is in the FB group every day.
There are 10 2-hour Write/Coach/Write sessions during the summer, held on Zoom.
Opening and closing ceremonies on Zoom
AND… New Writer friends, inspiration, help with your creative process, and a pile of new pages written by Labor Day.

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100 Writing Days of Summer

This is still a funny summer. Things seem normal, but they still aren’t fully functional, right? Dining and stadiums seem to be back on track, but most of the writers’ conferences aren’t gathering in person this summer.

We writers don’t have a way to get together right now and get help, get inspired, and get writing. I like to write in the summers, and I know a lot of writers do – maybe because school’s out, or just because the days are longer, or because office hours are often shorter. We can write in the woods, at a table on the front porch, or even on a dock at the lake. Summers and writing just go together.

Would you like to be writing a novel or memoir this summer? There is help, camaraderie, and expert inspiration that you can tap into all summer long. It is a writing program called 100 Writing Days of Summer (#100WritingDaysofSummer) and I’m very pleased to be a part of it.

  • It starts June 21 and runs all summer long.
  • panel of eight established, successful authors are all going to share their best ten writing tips, so you can turn a corner on problems you might be facing in your current WIP
  • The Author Panel’s expertise ranges from award winning and bestselling novelists, memoirists, YA authors, Children’s book authors, fantasy, and flash fiction.
  • Julia Roberts – the organizer – is a creative process expert and coach, and she will be your summer mentor in the FB group, on Zoom calls and in the daily emails. Julia Roberts is also the founder of DecodingCreativity.com, the Write Without the Fight Facebook group & 5-Day Challenge, already taken by thousands of writers since its inception 3 years ago
  • Each email contains an expert writing tip or writing mindset advice, a picture prompt, and group updates.
  • Julia will also host 10 2-hour writing sessions and coaching for anyone in the group who gets stuck or frustrated.
  • The Pop-up FB group will be our own “Conference Rom B,” where we can meet other writers, socialize and connect.

100 Writing Days of Summer (#100WDOS) has all the elements of a writers’ conference, combined with the benefits of coaching and a writing retreat. I hope you can join me, Julia Roberts, and the other Authors of the Panel to learn, connect and write!

I hope you can join us and write this summer! Go here for more information. And feel free to hit reply and ask me any questions.

Looking forward to a productive summer,


Hand-Made Wooden Robots

Inspired by some wooden robot photos posted online by author/illustrator Steve Light, I decided to make my own. They will serve as the basis for a future picture book manuscript.

I built five. I used neodymium magnets for rotating junctures, like necks, wrists, and instrumentation panels. The first one is the least humanoid. Perhaps a robot pet.

For subsequent robots, I added Lego Bionicle ball and socket parts to articulate shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee joints.

I gave the third robot wheels, big eyes, and small ears. I think it may look better with the small bumps serving as eyes and the larger bumps serving as ears.

I think this one is my favorite. Perhaps because it has big ears and “earrings”.

Last, but not least, a squat robot with long arms. I can’t wait to put robots like these into a story for kids!