I was in Brighton for the last few weeks and as has become a bit of a tradition every time I’m back home in the UK, I go to my favorite café, a cozy little place by my son’s school.
The food at this place is absolutely amazing, which ensures of course, that it’s almost always packed, even on a cold Tuesday morning. It’s always buzzing, too, with positive energy—there are a lot of creative meetings, many of the teachers from my son’s school come here for a coffee after school, children love this place, and dogs are welcome, which means there are always at least four.
What’s unique, however, is the way they do their food.
Sure, there are your staples—the scrambled eggs, the jacket potatoes—but there is no set menu and what’s on offer one day is not guaranteed to be on offer the next. The café sources its ingredients locally and they cook up the food with what they have available. So one day, you might eat an amazing egg and mayo sandwhich, the next a tomato and mozzerella one, and then see neither of those on the menu the following week.
I realized as I was sitting having my coffee that I loved the vibe of not having a set menu, of looking at the ingredients you have in the morning, and creating something special out of them for the day.
It spoke to me, that way of making things.
Because, of course, that’s exactly how I run my business, too.
Sure, there’s my set menu—the tried-and-tested freelance courses that have helped almost a thousand students build thriving careers—but what I do on a day-to-day basis is pretty much what the restaurant does: I follow my creativity. One day I’ll be promoting a group coaching program; the following month I might offer to critique pitches; I’ll write several books over a period of three months; then I’m running a word count challenge with a goal of getting a million words onto the page by the end of the year.
Every time I finish a launch, I get a flurry of emails asking me when I’ll offer up the program again and the answer I give, the very honest answer is always: I don’t know.
I might offer it up again next month. Or I might never offer it again. I have built my career in a way that I’m always having fun, always only launching the things that I would enjoy doing, and only ever committing to what I’m offering today.
I don’t limit myself with fixed schedules anymore. Sure, I might make a roadmap so that I’m not constantly under pressure and I can work ahead. I might also plan because it brings into focus the next few months of the year and helps me ensure that I’m moving along the right road to my eventual dream. It helps me to not get distracted by shiny objects.
But if I wake up one day and find myself raring to go on a new book even though my calendar says that I’d planned to launch a new course?
Guess which one I’m working on?
This is partly personality, but it’s also a choice. A commitment. A line in the sand I drew last year.
I don’t want to be slave to the demands of my day.
I want to create on my own terms.
That begins, first and foremost, by defining those terms.
I started this year thinking I’d be focusing a lot more on business and instead, I found myself writing thousands of words effortlessly and wanting to share that process with every single writer I know.
That’s exactly what I’m doing in Write With Me 2020.
This is a program that will be a game-changer for you if you’re one of those writers who has trouble writing every day or staying consistent with your word count. If you’re stuck on a project, this is for you. If you want to increase your output—write more blog posts, send more pitches, write more articles—then this is for you.
By the end of our ninety days together, not only will you be writing faster, but with more confidence, and have several tools under your belt that will show you just how easy and effortless it can be. And with the energy of our group behind you, motivating you, inspiring you, and showing you the way, you’ll wonder why you ever considered writing alone.
Sign-ups for Write With Me 2020 will close on January 31, 2020 or as soon as the spots fill up, whichever happens first.
I’ll be finishing a novel and my next nonfiction book in the 90 days we’ll spend together and I’ll be sharing every part of that process with you.
If there’s any program I believe every member of my writing community should take, it’s this one.
I’ll see you there.