You hear it all the time: to be a better writer, you have to read and write more. This year, why not commit to this practice by making it a weekly habit?

A challenge for budding writers has been put out that does not only seek to provide means to improve participants’ skills, but also to dare them to be bold. The 52 Essay Challenge basically requires participants to write one personal essay each week. This is the second year that the writing challenge has been put out. It only has been one week since 2017 started, but this year’s challenge is seemingly shaping up to be a success.

The essay can be about anything we want, as long or as short as we want it to be. The writer can choose to post it publicly or keep it in private. It all depends on who writes. After all, the goal is to reflect on personal experiences and dig deep.

Finished outputs do not necessarily have to be polished. As Vanessa explained when she posted her call for participation, “this is about surrendering to process. This is for you, no one else.”

Here is the complete rundown of the rules for the #52essays2017 challenge as written by Vanessa:

  1. This isn’t about producing a polished essay. This is about surrendering to process. This is for you, no one else.
  2. There is no word limit. It can be as short or as long as you like. Just try to dig into the stories. Why is this coming up? What is it you’re not saying? What is it you want to say? Why? Dig!
  3. Create a blog if you don’t already have one (there are tons of options including wordpress.com, blogger.com, etc.) and post the weekly essay on your blog. You can make it public or you can keep it private. That’s really up to you. The point is to write.
  4. You have to post an essay a week, which isn’t easy. I have missed a week here or there but posted it later, usually not past the following Monday. If you miss a week, okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Just try. Push. Write. Then post it.

Writers who plan to make their work public can join the #52essays2017 community to exchange stories with very encouraging, fellow participants.

Most of the first-week entries are up, but if you’re interested to join, you can definitely catch up!

The creator of this challenge is Miss Vanessa Martir. You can read the post here. Thanks for reaching out to us Vanessa.

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