20 Lines A Day

A Community of Writers and Photographers

About This Project



This community born here on WordPress on October 29, 2011.

Stuck in the quicksand of writer’s block, I needed a writing project with manageable goals to stoke those wonderfully warm right-brain embers.

Through online travels and happenstance being what it is, I happened upon Succour, which further led me to the Genius or Not project, both of which are still standing online, but now defunct.

Thus 20 Lines was born.  Yes, I can write 20 Lines, or less.  Every day.


Yes, I can.  I can do that.

But I wanted to do more.  I wanted a space where other writers could come and share their work.  A collaborative, nurturing space.  Community.  And because I know some extremely talented photographers, the idea to include their work just seemed a natural fit.

One piece a day.  Keep going.

I welcome anyone that would like a project to bring their work into the public eye, a few pearls at a time, for both exposure and exercise, for fun and as a challenge.

It’s an exercise in discipline.  Join us in this challenge and endeavor and sense of community, and in the end, who knows what we’ll have created together.

Inspiration does exist, but it better find you working.  — Picasso

Cheers!  Happy writing!  Happy photography!  Happy everything.

— Melissa

Our thanks are also due to Harry Mathews for inspiring this project (and others). The results of his own genius or not project are collected in his book Twenty Lines a Day, available here.”

All work here is subject to copyright held by its creator. Do not repost elsewhere or reprint without written permission of the author.

81 thoughts on “About This Project

  1. So, to get this right…how would you like us to submit our work? Should I put it here in the comments section? Mine will be poetry.
    Thanks. Sounds like a fun and motivating thing to do.

    • Maggie, welcome aboard! I’ll send you an invitation to join us and you’ll be able to log in and submit your posts.


      • Melissa, I asked how to do the “20 lines” blog on a different site-and then read this reply from you to “maggie”, so, I should wait for an “invitation” and then write? I await your reply-thanks.

  2. I’m not off to a stellar start. I wrote a 20-line poem, saved the draft, then wanted to find an image to put with it. That’s when I lost it, so I’ll try again tomorrow. It’s exciting to see my name as part of your group. Thank you.

  3. I think I would like to try contributing something…Just to clarify, I’m not a genius…But I do love to write!

    — Bird

  4. AN interesting project. I’ll keep watching.



  5. It’s really nice to see other people trying to do something similar – regular updates – hopefully it’ll help me keep disciplined with my own blog!

    I’ll keep an eye out over here :) Good Luck!

  6. I’m in! When do we begin?

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  8. Nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. http://bit.ly/GOJ02t Love the concept & look forward to reading more.

  9. Melissa,

    I really like how banners change with each click…you have to teach me how to do this on my blog (eventually..when I fix it ) *s*

  10. Everything here is absolutely Tony the Tiger! :)

  11. I would like to contribute as well, in the form of poetry. Sounds like a good challenge! :)

  12. Wow! what a great idea. I wish you all the best of luck. I can’t wait to read what all of you come up with.


  13. Start with a spark. A word or a line. Make a list. Expand it.Twenty lines sounds like a good goal. Then boil it down or rip it open to see what’s waiting underneath.There are a lot of great ways to prime the practice of writing (and rewriting), including the stimulation of a phrase or line you find in others. As for writer’s block, about the only time I encounter it is when I’m handed a greeting card to sign. And then there’s always the art of improvisation. Start singing! Best wishes to you all — and always be playful.

  14. I need this to get the cobwebs off my writing. I used to write daily, but health issues and family seemed to take the inspiration from me. I’m so enjoying reading your different poetry today that I think it is inspiring me to do more writing!

  15. I nominated this blog for the One Lovely Blog Award, because it is jam-packed with excellent poetry and writing and creativity! I love it!

  16. I have nominated you for the “Thanks for Writing Award”! Congratulations! Check out my post about it… http://forhisgloryandpraise.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/reader-appreciation-award-and-thanks-for-writing-award-27/ !

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  18. Hello! I would love to join this challenge because I am currently doing A Poem a Day Challenge and posting my photos with each piece. Would I be able to submit here? Thank you.

  19. Hi, thanks for visiting Source of Inspiration and inviting me here. I post six poems a day seven days a week and have for several years. I actually write more than six a day, my top was 18 and then I ran out of time. How do I do it, people keep asking me. I had never read a blog, did not read poetry and certainly had never written poetry when I started Source of Inspiration. I am disciplined about sitting quietly as I start my day and saying, “What do You want to tell them today?” And then I write as furiously as I can for about an hour and a half. By then, the other demands of the day are calling. I post throughout the day as I have time. I post one piece every four hours to give people around the globe a inspiration to wake up to. Thank goodness for WP’s ability to schedule posts. The only time I do not do this is when I have no electricity or my Internet is down. I try to schedule some in advance for when this happens but a busy schedule does not always allow this. I would like to join you because I believe that the more we use our creativity the more connected to Source we become. Your blog will help everyone develop the confidence and discipline to do something creative every day. Lovely idea. Please send whatever I need to post. BTW, reblogs and other uses of pieces from my blog are permitted as long as they are used in keeping with the spirit of inspiration and are free to everyone. Thanks, Melissa. hugs, pat

  20. Hello Melissa, I would like to join! Thanks

  21. hi hi. i love the idea behind this page. i would love to join. Please tell me how. Thank you

  22. Great idea for a project! I set a challenge for myself to write everyday before I found your site. Haven’t quite made everyday yet, but I’ve been writing a lot more. Look forward to reading/seeing all the posts of everyone here.

  23. I’ve just awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. You can read more about it here: http://nmnphx.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/lovely-blog-award/
    Let me know if you have any questions.

  24. It’s a great idea. I started my blog because I kept either losing interest in a piece I was writing or found I was changing the storyline or ideas far too often, to a point where the story no longer made any sense. I sort of lost my interest in writing a bit after that, probably due to myself frustrating myself :) I thought the blog would help keep my writing fresh and keep me in the rhythm of things without taking over my life. I must say it really has helped me. I feel like I’ve changed and grown as a writer since starting my blog. And my confidence in my abilities has grown to a point where I am now able to explore different avenues, like poetry and flash fiction :) I hope this blog of yours is helping you too :) And it’s wonderful to see that you have enabled others to express themselves via your blog!

  25. Can you add my Limerick post. I signed up to be a member last night, but have not received my okay as of yet. Here is my link http://grandmothermusings.com/2012/07/29/limerick-20-lines-or-less-challenge/ Thank you so much! :)

  26. I look forward to your posts and have nominated all of you for the Sunshine Award at http://drbillwooten.com/2012/08/04/many-thanks/

  27. I am honored to nominate you for The Traffic Raiser Award! Please pick-up your award at http://nackynice.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/double-recognition/ Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I wish you all the best in life and Congratulations!

  28. This sounds amazing. I’d like to know more and maybe even join :) Love what you’re doing.

    • Thanks, Rosy … It’s nice to meet you! Be sure to follow us and come along on the journey. If you’d like to join, let me know as soon as you can because I believe WordPress only allows us 50 contributors and we’re upwards of 40 now. We write, we challenge each other, we encourage each other, we become family. That’s pretty much how it works. :) Think about it and let me know!



  29. I’m in awe of your posts, your poetry. And your project. :D

  30. An interesting project and great work over here! Nice meeting you and your lovely blog Melissa.

  31. Melissa, I continue to have problems publishing to my 20LiNES LINK OR MY HOME PAGE-beebeeswolrd. T HE GREEN “PUBLISH” BUTTON TURNS GRAY WHILE i AM writing, putting in tags, phots etc and will not let me publish-is there some real person I can talk to about this? It has been months-I have to go to the reader page, choose new post and cannot directly choose 29 Lines (or anything else) FROM THERE, PLAcING PHOTOS IS MORE DIFfICULT. iM SO DISCOURAGED. i GAVE HAD HEALTH AND OTHER ISSUES AND i DONT UNDERSTAND WHY WORLDPRESS Won’t REPLY TO ME-THEY JUST PUT MY LETTER ON SOME PAGE THAT OTHER READERS SEE. aNY IDEAS. i WONDER when I ATTEMPT TO WRITE ANYTHING OR TAKE PHOTOS, IF i CAN EVEN PUBLISH IT ON WP NOW. i KNOW you arent in charge of any of this, just hope you have a large enough readership that someone out there might be able to help me. Thanks, brenda-beebeesworld

    • Brenda, you are welcome to call me this afternoon if I can help, and we can walk through exactly what is happening. Since no one else is having this problem, I assume there is something going on on your PC … The very first thing I would try is a different browser, just to see if you get the same results. I should be around from about 3-5pm in case you’d like to talk. I’ll send my phone number through Facebook. Hope we can discover what the issue is for you!

  32. Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and site. I saw your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    Just to let you know, our site SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a fun level-up game. The tracker will work in conjunction the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to publish this comment as this is more of a private comment :)

  33. Sounds like a good idea. Doctor Watson, hold my gloves while I seek for more manifestations :-)

  34. lovely idea! we writers need a strong community :)

  35. Great idea and I would like to try. What should I do now? :)

  36. Sounds like a perfect marriage of creativity! Kudos!

  37. Hello, I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Blogger Award. Congratulations, you may follow this link for further details. http://wp.me/p3ia4v-pb Namaste, Oliana Kim

  38. I, too, would like this wee challenge to keep me motivated and chugging along the writing track. Could I join?

  39. Another fine idea via Harry! Looks like a great project!

  40. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award because I enjoy reading your blog. http:/realitysfineline.wordpress.com/ (Realitys Fine Line), to find out more and accept the award :)

  41. love the idea, cant wait to start checking out some posts!

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