You have a big dream! You want to write a book. Here’s a hypothetical journey of what your experience at The Salon might look like.
You join us for your first ever Salon Hours, and during that time, you name your first specific, measurable, achievable, relevant-to-your-big-picture, time-bound goal: write your first 5,000 words this month. You do the math, and realize this means roughly 1,250 words a week. You understand that this goal, while not impossible, will be challenging. You think a bit more deeply about this goal, and realize that finishing 5000 clean, edited, print-ready pages feels a bit unreasonable. You private-chat yours truly, and learn that simply free-writing–without aiming for perfect style, or final-draft level work–is key to getting started.
By the end of this first Salon Hour, you have determined your goal for the month: write 1,250 words each week, rough-draft style, with no concern over getting those words print-perfect. You know you can handle that.
Next Wednesday, you’re riding high–you’ve plucked away at the keyboard each morning, and you’ve written a full 900 words already. So during this second Salon Hour, you spend that time writing your heart out, unedited, just getting the content on the page. It’s easy to stay on task with the Alpha Brain Waves music ya girl Luxy has playing in the background. When you look up and see your buddies in the zoom with you, they all have their heads in their own projects. It’s nice not to feel alone. When it comes time to kick it in the break-out room with the homies, you take five minutes to read outloud what you’ve written today. It’s not perfect–but it’s something. You have reached your weekly goal of 1,250 words here tonight, and your compatriots cheer you on. You are proud of yourself.
Next Wednesday, you’re stressed out. You got sick this week and you are nowhere close to your weekly goal. Hell, you’ve only gotten 400 words in. So during our first chatty 15 minutes of Salon Hours this week, you ask the homies for support. Your fellow Salon babes encourage you. You’re not the only one who hasn’t perfectly met your goal, and you’re also not the only one who refuses to give up. So when it’s time to get to work, you deep dive right in–and surprise yourself by cranking out 500 words in a hour. Now, you’re not so far behind, after all.
That Friday, Salon guest expert and star of Reno 911 and The Goldbergs, Wendi McClendon-Covey, gives a talk encouraging you to be your own cheerleader. You see this successful, vibrant woman who has made great things happen in her life. You’re so damn inspired that you bang out another couple hundred words after the talk. Also, you got to chat with a badass celebrity tonight–pretty cool.
The next Wednesday, you’ve been so fired-up, and so freed by the notion that your writing does not have to be perfect (yet), that you arrive to Salon Hours already exceeding your expectations for the week–you’ve written 1600 words since last Wednesday. In fact, you feel so good, that instead of asking for support, you offer inspo to your cohort. When it’s time to get to work, you dive back in. This is actually fun.
The next Wednesday, you’re feeling like you’ve spent a lot of time in your head lately, and you’re ready to move your body. Good news–it’s time for a sexy dance session with ya girl Luxy! I lead you through a yummy warm-up and then teach a booty-bouncing skill. You connect to your body, get a work-out, laugh with your friends, and leave with a dank trick to show your partner. Life is frickin good. You’re reenergized to hit the manuscript tomorrow.
Finally, it’s the final Sunday of the month–time for the Bad and Bougie Brunch! You can’t wait to attend–because this event is all about celebrating and letting loose–and you certainly have a lot to celebrate! You are happy to announce to your fellow Salon buddies that you have met your goal of 5,000 words this month–that’s roughly EIGHTEEN FRICKIN PAGES of your book that you’ve written. For perspective, my memoir ended up being 180 pages long. This means you’ve written a rough draft of ONE-TENTH of a book-length work! That’s one helluva difference from where you started a month ago. You are really, truly DOING THE THING! You start referring to yourself as “a writer”–because now, you actually are.
And that’s just the first month. Imagine what could happen in the span of a year behaving in this manner.
I think it’s safe to say that you’d have a draft of your first book!
Are you ready for that? Are you ready to take action? Are you ready to claim your dream?
If the answer is yes–JOIN US HERE.
See you in The Salon.