PENuary: Write 20 for 31

Welcome to the official #PENuary page!

What is PENuary?

Inspired by her daughter’s participation in #Inktober, Natalie Wright created PENuary. The concept is simple: Writers commit to themselves to write at least 20 minutes every day for the entire month of January. The writing for each day is based on a one-word prompt from the official PENuary page.

Why PENuary?

If you ask 100 writers, “What will make me a better writer?”, all of them will say: “Write!”
As my teenage daughter participated in Inktober (created by Jake Parker), I witnessed her drawing skills improve exponentially in just 31 days. It inspired me to create a prompt-based month-long writing event for all writers, regardless of skill level.

While writers already have NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it's an event that by definition limits the number of participants to novel writers. It’s a great event—I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo twice.

But not every writer is a novelist, and even novelists may have reasons to not want to participate. This year, for example, I’m still in the planning stages for my next novel and not ready to write it yet.

I came with the idea of PENuary as a way to start the year off right. Just like many people re-commit to exercise and healthier eating in the new year, PENuary is a way for writers to jumpstart their writing year.

What is the commitment?

If you choose to participate in PENuary, you need commit only twenty (20) minutes per day for the entire month of January.

The prompt list (available January 1, 2018, on this page) will provide the one-word prompt for that day’s writing. You simply write for 20 minutes based on the writing prompt. Prose or poetry. Fiction or non-fiction. What you write does not matter. The only requirement is that you write for at least 20 minutes.

After I write for 20 minutes, then what?

Share! PENuary is about being part of a writer community. You do not need to share your entire work each day, but you need to choose something from your daily work and share it.

Where/How do I share each day?

Share a portion of your daily writing on at least one social media of your choice and/or on your blog or website. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, etc. Just make sure to use the official hashtags so others can follow your work, share/comment, etc.



Watch this page for the official prompt list which will go live on January 1, 2018, at 12:00 a.m. (MST).

What do I get for completing PENuary?

There are no prizes, trophies or awards. You “Win” PENuary simply by writing for at least 20 minutes every day for 31 days. Your reward is a big step toward more consistent writing habits. Your prize is the satisfaction of knowing that you completed the challenge. And who knows, you may even make some new friends along the way.

But if you’d like something a bit more tangible, come back on February 1, 2018, for a digital bauble you’ll be able to download to post on your social media, website, etc.

In the meantime, spread the word to your writer friends and join together to begin your writing year right!

We’re going to write our way into the new year.

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