500 Words A Day Writing Experiment

500 Words A Day Writing Experiment

500 WORDS A DAY (3.1.17)

I believe it is time to start another writing experiment.

We’ll go back to the original rules so everyone can participate without the requirement of talking to strangers.


1. Can be about anything. I highly recommend using the motivation to work on projects or experiences in your life that are important to you. I will use this as a time to reflect on general life perusing while in the mountains in Malaysia. You might also work on an ebook, content for your blog, or rewrites for your website. Doesn’t matter. Just write.

2. Write your words and share them with the group. This can be through a blog, tumblr, notes, whatever, just make sure that you’re putting it up somewhere. I’ll set the group to private again so that you can share the gnar gnar and not lose family members over it (unless your mom asks to join the group). So maybe send me a note of people that should not be accepted should they ask for an invite.

3. 30 consecutive days. Every day. No excuses. I don’t care where you are or what you have going on. I’ve written 500 words on airplanes, mountains, and in the backseat of a tuk tuk. It’s only difficult if your brain tries to tell you so.

4. Don’t worry about tagging things. I realize that it’s good business for me to ask you guys to tag things like #kaleandcigarettes or #500wordsaday in order to make my brand more visible and to make me an international man of mystery but the point is this: I’ve never cared about that shit. Just write. That’s all I care about. Just write something every day so that 30 days from now you will be a person that has a little more faith in yourself and a little more experience with what it feels like to say you’re going to do something and then do it. So don’t worry about tagging, just worry about writing.

5. Write honestly. Just be yourself, please. We’ll all love you for it. Unless you’re mean to animals.


Your writing might suck.

You might hate yourself periodically.

You might think the things you write about are not interesting.

You might think your life is boring and not worth recording.

You might think other people are better than you.

You might find yourself trying to be something you’re not because there is an audience.

You might think this experiment is stupid and I’m stupid and I don’t know what it’s like to be you.

You might make a lot of excuses.

You might believe your excuses.

You might think that you don’t need to write, that thinking is enough.

You might think taking a day off doesn’t matter.

You might think your entire life is a giant fraud.

Let me just say this – you are wrong about everything you think if those things are telling you not to write. JUST FUCKING WRITE. That’s it.

Let me know if you have any questions and please make sure to join the group at this link should you be interested!

Share with your friends and lets get to work.



106 Replies to “500 Words A Day Writing Experiment”

  1. I’d love to join in but am not clear how to post to fb with a link that goes to the story rather than posting the entire story itself i to fb. Any suggestions?
    I am obviously not a professional blogger and do not have a blogspot set up.

    1. you will just have to post the entire story within the fb group or post it as a fb ‘note’ if you don’t have blog link.

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