As I start getting psyched for November to arrive, I thought I’d share some writing-related challenges that may help give you the ‘it factor’ that you need to reach your goals.
November is best known (to me) for National Novel Writing Month – aka “NaNoWriMo”, or, once you’re a challenger, simply “NaNo”. It’s where you’re setting the goal for yourself to write/type 50,000 words between midnight of November 1st through midnight on November 30. I love it because it demands that the internal editor be silenced — the goal is 50,000 words – they don’t have to be pretty, they don’t have to make complete sentences, they absolutely don’t have to be edited. Get 50,000 words down by Nov 30 and call yourself a “winner.”
A new challenge I (literally) discovered this week is called A Round of Words in 80 Days, aka “ROW80”. This challenge covers (almost) a full year, with 4 rounds of 80 days each. You set your own goals; the requirement being that the goals must be measurable: number of words/pages, specified amount of time to spend on writing per day/week, number of pages edited, and so on. You share your goals publicly and have twice-a-week checkins with other challengers. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds interesting.
If you write poetry or flash (short) fiction, perhaps you’ll find The Iron Writer Challenge a good fit for your goals. A new 500-word challenge starts each Thursday, but you have to apply to enter, so your Thursday start date may be a few weeks out. It’s limited to 4 authors. Once you’re in the challenge, the rules are that you have 4 days to write a 500-word flash fiction piece using 4 elements that are emailed to you the day of the challenge. Talk about mysterious! You can see a list of the past challenges (and their elements) at this link.
The 10-Week Writer’s Challenge is a mix of writing and other goals. It appears to have only happened in 2012, but the details are still available and it is easily a set-your-own-pace-and-goals type of challenge. It covers topics such as self-publishing, setting up a website, social networking, time management, marketing, pinterest, and more — all for writers. The site also has a lot of resources available to help you along the way to starting to get your writer’s platform. I love the tagline for this challenge: “What can you pull out of the hat?” It all starts here.
Do you have any challenges to suggest for writers? Or maybe you have an idea of your own!