Dawn Tolbert

Writer
#366Days Writing

#366Days Personal Writing Challenge

Dawn TolbertHi! I’m Dawn Tolbert.
I’m glad you’re here.

I have always loved being a writer. From putting together a family magazine Camp Us Life [Not terribly inventive, but Camp was my maiden name!] at age 9 to hiding in my room with the new typewriter I got for Christmas when I was a teenager, writing was my love. My house is full of journals whose pages are covered with my messy handwriting.

As a grown up, writing became something I did mainly at my day job, and I had let MY writing die down. 2015 was the year I vowed to change that. As part of a new year’s commitment, I decided to make writing a priority.

And the results have been amazing.

I have written a first draft of my first novel.

I’ve increased my freelance writing income.

And I’ve launched an amazing collaborative project called The Pink Typewriter Project with one of my dearest friends.

Between all of that, my blog doesn’t always get updated, but I’m vowing to make that a priority through 2016. In fact, beginning today (December 5, 2015), I am going to challenge myself to post something to the blog every day for a year. This morning, my Twitter feed included a Tweet from @DIYauthor quoting Nicholas Sparks:

“You can’t be a writer if you don’t write, it’s just that simple.”

So, here we go: A 366-day Challenge {I HAD to pick Leap Year!} that will carry me through December 4, 2016. Follow along with #366Days.

I am glad to have you along for the journey! Please share your comments on the blog posts and encouragement is always welcome! 🙂

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    1. I am looking forward to reading it everyday. While I was teaching elementary, teaching writing was my favorite! I loved to help the students add style to their writing by using similes, metaphors alliteration, etc. They didn’t realize how good their writing would become. Good luck to you, Dawn, I am sure you will do great things!!! Glad to be able to go along for the ride!!

      1. Patty, that is awesome! I had so many good teachers along the way, and I hope they know what a difference they made in my life. I know you were a fabulous teacher. Your students were very lucky. 🙂

  1. Keep the dream alive! I have a dear friend, writer and producer Jennifer West that began a similar endeavor with http://thejenwestquest.com/ Look to it for inspiration as needed. The world seemed to open up for her, and I know it will do the same for you Dawn.

  2. Hey Dawn,

    I wanted to be sure and stop by and check out your personal blog.

    That’s a big challenge to undertake but since you love writing so much I’m sure it won’t be as much of a challenge for you than most people. So is your plan to start next year or the day that you posted this post? It wasn’t that clear to me since this is the 15th and you haven’t written anything since. I tell you Dawn, you’re very very brave.

    I’m going to wish you the best of luck though, you’ll do great. Happy holidays.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Thanks, Adrienne for stopping by and for letting me know that the blog wasn’t loading properly. Somehow I managed to turn on the static front page rather than the latest posts. Oops! 🙂 I’ve been writing every day; this morning’s post was Day 10. Check it out if you have a chance. It’s amazing how it has helped me be more creative with my work at my regular job, at The Pink Typewriter Project, and even with my Writing with a capital W, which is how I think of things like the draft of my novel I’m revising and a column I just wrote for a local publication.

      Thanks for calling me brave. I’m working on becoming that way!!

      Dana and I were just talking about you at lunch and how your advice has been helping us already. We appreciate you!

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