Writers’ challenges to help you…write

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.

Nano2013November 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.”

ROW80LogocopyA 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.

IronWriterWinner_buttonIf 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.

Week10ChallengeThe 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!

About Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton has had several short mystery stories published and has a couple of novels in various stages of completion. She always enjoys learning new tidbits about other writers, and takes great pride as an editor when working with writers on polishing their manuscripts. She's living a life around her passions for writing, photography, volunteering, and anything related to New England, particularly New Hampshire.
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