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Some people give up sweets or Facebook for Lent. I like to issue myself a challenge. Some years, I force myself to exercise. Some years, I commit myself to learning new guitar chords. Some years, I just try to be a better person (with mixed results). This year, I realized that if I seriously want to be a writer, I have to be serious about writing.

I want to develop some discipline. At first, I thought I could write a story every day (40 Days; 40 Stories had a nice ring to it), but quickly dismissed it as insane. Yes, I want to write every day, but I want to write something good and you can’t rush quality. So, instead I settled on writing a story per week from now until Easter. That’s six weeks away. Six stories in six weeks.

I think I can do it. It will require focus and bribery and maybe a few sleepless nights at the keyboard. But if that’s what it takes to get out of this creative rut, I’ll do it.

Six stories in six weeks? Challenge accepted.

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I’m a writer, photographer and HIMYM quoter from Flagstaff, AZ. You can follow my challenge updates on Twitter at @jonnyeberle. Want to take the challenge with me? Let me know in the comments.

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