Who Wants to Join the September “Hour a Day” Challenge?

And….once again, the long lazy days of summer are behind us, school is back in session, and autumn is on its way.

For many writers (especially those with kids at home), autumn means a return to order, the end of summer chaos and distraction, and a big relief. But I’m a teacher, and that means (much as I love my job), my productivity tanks once I’m back running my classrooms.

As those of you who’ve been hanging with the Rubies for awhile know, for the past three years, I’ve been issuing a challenge come the first of September: I’m committing to writing at least one hour a day, every day, for the thirty days of the month. And I’m inviting anyone else who wants to get into a better writing groove to join me.

As I have for the past two years, I want to share an amazing outcome that I experienced the first year I did the Hour a Day Challenge…because it still inspires me.

In 2014, the first year I did the Challenge, I did it! I really did it! I wrote an hour a day…well, almost every day. AND I GOT LOTS OF WRITING DONE even while the day job tried its best to crush me. And last fall I did it all over again.

And the real beauty part was that the daily habit held out beyond September! If you were here for my 2014 NaNoWriMo Mid-Point Check-in and Final Reckoning posts, you know how surprised I was at how I avoided my usual binge-and-purge approach to getting my 50,000 NaNo words, and instead did slow-and-steady almost every day!!

Just take another gander at my final 2014 word-count chart (seriously, it felt like a miracle at the time…but a surprisingly do-able miracle):

winner-screen-1024x815It still makes me smile.

And, thanks to the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival (the 2018 edition starts in January!! Watch this space for details!!), I kept up the pace through the dim, dingy months of winter…and finished a new book each spring!!

YAY!!! The Tortoise beat the Hare for a darned good reason.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who could benefit from another September doing the Hour-a-Day Challenge.

Who wants to join me for September 2017???

In previous years, I’ve set up an Accountability Group on Facebook so we could check in and cheer each other on, and I’d love to get that group going that again.

If you’re not a member from last year, and you want to join, let me know in the comments below. If we’re already Facebook Friends, I’ll send you an invite to the group. If we’re not, send me a Friend Request and we’ll get the process going.

Write on!!!

52 responses to “Who Wants to Join the September “Hour a Day” Challenge?”

  1. You go girl! I love that I get up every m-f morning and head right to this blog and then into the chatroom where a group of us continued to write on after the 2017 WWF. Some days, I’ve been there minutes only to be called away by life, but I was there and I had connection with other goal setters and I wrote words! Writing just fifty words makes my day. So you go girl. Build that world one word at a time.

    FYI To get to our chatroom, just click more button above and you’ll find the chatroom entry.


  2. Hope Ramsay says:

    This is a fabulous way to get in the habit of writing every day. It will change your life. And it’s so much more fun with friends. I got into the write a little every day habit years ago, when I would wake up at 4:30 a.m. and write for an hour and a half before getting the kids up and heading out for work. I wrote a lot of books that way.

    And now that I’m a full-time writer I still dedicate a certain number of hours a day. And, like Autumn, I have continued to meet with other writers in the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s winter writing festival chat room. There area bout six or seven of us who have been meeting there every day since January. In that time I’ve finished major revisions on one book and written two others. And every day, I get to set goals with friends. And cheer on others as they reach their writing goals. Hanging with the chat room writers has now become a daily habit for me.


  3. Patti Kurtz says:

    I would love to join this challenge. I teach also and I have the same issue with productivity once school starts. I’m not a member of that Facebook group, but I’d like to be. I’ll also send you a friend request. Thanks for setting this up!


  4. I’m in.

    I haven’t told you guys that I got a JOB — my first office job in like ten years! — and while it’s part-time, parenting occupies a good chunk of the other part of my time. I’d like to finish my WIP by the end of the year, but I need accountability!

    Let me know where that Facebook group is. I’ll want to join with my real name — you know what that is, I think?


  5. Darynda Jones says:

    ME! ME! ME! ME! I would LOVE to join in the challenge. I, too, need accountability. I don’t think I’m a member of the FB group, so sign me up. Yay!


  6. Melonie says:

    I’m in! I’ve been thinking (I wish I was joking, but I’m not), about getting a little punch card machine and clocking myself in and out to write so I treat it more like a job and stay on task!


  7. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I am another one of the “chat room ladies” that meets with Hope and Autumn M-F in the AM and have been with them doing this since the end of WWF 2017. We can also be found there on some Saturday AM’s and an occasional Sunday…and even in the evening from time to time.

    It’s so nice to be there together to write, brainstorm and catch up as friends. I must say, though, our breaks from writing are brief…then it’s back to it. Gaining words, losing words, layering, researching, etc. I hate the days I have to miss but then I find I come back with a fresh perspective.

    For me, like Hope, it has become a daily habit (unless I absolutely can’t be there), albeit sometimes it is very briefly. & like Autumn said…sometimes just 50 words will make my day…sometimes those are the most golden. I am glad for every morning that I get to log on and type “Good Morning, all! Jumping in!”


  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    I’ve been joining the WWF for a few years now, but sadly missed this year’s somehow. I badly need to finish my WIP and this could be just the incentive I need (Also I hadn’t realised the chatroom was still going.) Please add me to the FB group, I think this is just the incentive I need to force myself to make time to actually write!


  9. Lynn says:

    I’d love to join this challenge.


  10. Rachel Kolodziej says:

    I need this. I would love to join in the challenge. I am not a member of the Facebook group. Add me please 🙂


  11. Nancy OBrien says:

    Ack. I would love to join this challenge, but I don’t know how to send you a friend request. Help!


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      When you’re on Facebook, type Elisa Beatty into the search box at the top. I think I’m the only one on Facebook (if not, my profile picture is the same as my picture above). That will take you to me on a Facebook. Then look for the white box just under my cover picture that says “add friend” and click that. I’ll accept the friend request, then add you to the group.

      If for any reason that doesn’t work, I’ll send an invite to the email address you typed in when you left your comment here.


  12. Becca Bachlott says:

    I would love to join this challenge. I am not currently a member of the Facebook Group. Please add me.


  13. Lisa OBrien says:

    I would like to join the September challenge. I need accountability with my writing


  14. Charli says:

    I’m up for the challenge! Not in the FB group, please add me. Thanks!


  15. Elisa Beatty says:

    Awesome to have so many new takers!!

    I’m traveling today, taking my eldest east for her freshman year of college. I’ll add folks to the Facebook group as soon as I have some computer access.


  16. Nellie Batz says:

    I will give it a go.


  17. Nicole Hamlett says:

    Yes please! I find that I’m having such a hard time getting into the writing groove this time around. I could use the challenge and the camaraderie!


  18. K. Allyson Allen says:

    I’d love to become apart of this. I will send you a friend request,I’m Allyson Allen.


  19. Lindsay Shropshire says:

    I would very much love to join you and your group for this challenge, please add me.

    My name is Lindsay Shropshire, I will send you a friend request.

    Thank you.


  20. Sonja Brow says:

    Write on!


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      I hope this means you’re joining us again, Sonja! You’re already part of the group, so look for a Facebook post from me reminding the veterans that we’re about to start again!! Woot!!


  21. Amy says:

    So glad I found this post and the one from today. I sent you a friend request. I would love to be a part of this (and need to be :))


  22. Elisa Beatty says:

    All righty! I think I’ve tracked down everyone’s Friend Requests and/or sent an invite via email.

    See you all September 1!!!


  23. Hywela Lyn says:

    I’ve sent a couple of messages (above) and even contacted you on FB, but have still not received an invitation to the FB group.

    Was it something I said? 🙁


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      You’re definitely already a member of the group!

      Click on “Home” on the blue bar at the top of your Facebook page (same bar where you see the icons for Friend Requests and Messenger).

      After you’ve clicked “Home,” look over to the left of your screen for “Groups.” You should see “September Hour a Day Challenge” there.


      • Hywela Lyn says:

        Thanks Elisa – I did check, and for some reason it’s not showing up in my groups, but I found the group and yes, I am down as a member, so apologies for being a pain and I’m going to do my best to commit to at least an hour a day and report to the group! Thanks again.


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