The Page A Day assignment has been so successful on my online group Diving Deeper, I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their writing, or simply trying to find a back way ‘in’, or just wanting to start a writing practice.
Basically you write about a page a day, on anything. Whatever comes up. Not trying to write a story or an article: let yourself run wild. Write what comes up, even if what comes up is “I can’t write I can’t write I can’t write”. Amazingly, something always will come up. Another tack is to write what you don’t want to write about… write what makes you sweat.
Out of my May month of page a days (some examples are in the blogs for May) I have one piece accepted for publication as flash fiction, and other one I’m sending out, and several that could end up being a longer story, woven together. I did not plan any of this, most certainly did not plan to write publishable material. What I was doing was following a suggestion of another writer, to write a page a day to just keep one’s hand in , so that when the bigger work, the novel, the short story, perhaps the piece that we are ‘blocked on’ or simply don’t have time to write at the moment, is not so difficult to dive into.
At the moment I am using the practice to help me write my novel, Serendip (draft title). It has been a difficult work to get into for a number of reasons, but the short, finite shape of one page feels a much more manageable goal than ‘finish the novel’.