This week, we have a challenge for you laid down by our friend Rebecca Dowman – an extremely successful writer who runs Content Consulting, which provides strategic editorial consultancy and content to leading companies.
When you finish reading this, do something you’ve never done before. If you do, you could soon find yourself embracing another new thing, then another, then another…
That happened to me. Although I write for a living, I’ve never collaborated in a creative writing project before, let alone one where 27 writers each breathe life into a strand of the London Marathon route.
But then I signed up for the Twenty Six Miles project.
And before I knew it:
• This dyed-in-the wool north Londoner had become absorbed in the history, architecture and street life of Bermondsey, getting under the skin of the mile I’d been assigned
• My super-talented film-maker friend Paul had agreed to make a short movie to accompany my piece
• I was jogging and up down (and up and down and up…) south London highways on a cold January day being filmed by Paul and his crew
• I was in a Soho sound studio recording a voiceover for the film
• The film and story were on the 26 Miles website and people I didn’t know were posting nice things about them
• I was part of a band of 26 Miles writers giving a Universettee* lecture about the project in a (very lovely) stranger’s house (*Mobile lectures that happen in people’s homes)
• I was writing a blog about the experience for my friend Annie’s Rough House website…
And none of it would have happened if I hadn’t thought: it’s not enough just to work, eat, sleep and wash my smalls. I need to do something different.
Please watch my film:
And now it’s your turn.