comments on the main page , I can tell that I'm not the only one who is sorry to see this challenge end. It's been like having our own personal writing coach with us each day, pushing us to do better and better.
That's what a great teacher is all about - helping you discover what you already have in you to do, but showing you a way to do it. No magic formula, just steady practice and encouragement and most importantly, helping you push past the "I can't do it" fear. Jeff has done this for all his participants.
His last habit was for us writers to be generous, as in giving away our best work for free. Yep, free. The more generous the writer, the more endearing it is to those reading. Makes sense. And it's the opposite of what you'd expect, so that makes it fun.
He says, "A great writer is selfless. He doesn’t look to his own needs, but finds a way to help others. He’s a servant. If you’re going to take your writing to the next level — to be truly great — you’re going to have to learn to do the same."
This is a new way of thinking about writing for me, and I like it. I have no idea what I'm going to do about it yet, but I like it.
It gives me plenty to think about.
And while I'm fairly sure I won't be giving you a trip to Disneyworld or a pony for reading my blog, I'm certain you'll see some changes as I work to include this new habit.
Let me know what you've done or plan to do to be generous, and to give your best work away for free!