And here is your first assignment. Write 500 words about an awesome moment of your life so far. Notice the CHOICE you get to MAKE in picking your topic. Making choices is what makes writing fun. But having too many choices can get in the way. For instance, if I didn’t give you a word limit, you wouldn’t know if you should write five words or 500 or 5,000. Around here we have a saying, “The rules don’t confine, they define.” They help us make choices sometimes.

What if I’d said, “Write 5,000 words?” That would have been scary, right? Five thousand words is a LOT. That’s why I say only 500. You can do 500 words standing on your head. So go. Go do it now. Write 500 words about something awesome in your life. Standing on your head is optional. More later, -jv