The ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge

The Challenge starts October 1. What’s it all about?

Write 10,000 words.

This is your chance to add 10,000 words to your novel, whether it’s currently a blank page or halfway done.

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Get feedback (or not).

Some writers love getting feedback as they work, others want little to none until they’re finished. The choice is yours!

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Post your word count.

Show off your progress and keep yourself on track by posting your daily word count.

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You could even win a writing award.

Several awards, in a variety of categories, will be given to writers at the end of the Challenge.

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What you need to know

What is the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge?

It’s a way to challenge yourself to write 10,000 words during the month of October, so you can make a good deal of progress on your novel. Although 10,000 words may sound like a lot, keep in mind that it’s less than 350 words a day, about a few paragraphs’ worth.

You’ll also meet other writers as you give them feedback on their stories—and get feedback on your own!

Why 10,000 words?

By focusing on a relatively small number of words—instead of, say, 50,000—you’ll be able to put more thought into what you’re writing, and end up with a solid foundation for a great novel that you can build on over time.

I’ve already started on my novel. Can I still enter?

Yes! We encourage preparing materials in advance so that you don’t have to start cold. This includes outlines, character sketches, even unfinished stories you’ve already started. Heck, bring your 50,000 words from NaNoWriMo!

As long as you write 10,000 words during the Challenge month, you’ll be eligible for an award.

Are there any prizes?

Several awards, in a variety of categories, will be given to writers at the end of the Challenge. We’ll be recognizing both raw writing ability and how well your manuscript-in-progress is received by readers during the Challenge. Just think, you could be an award-winning writer by next month!

Can I write in any language?

Currently, we are only accepting English-language submissions.

Is any genre allowed?

For the most part, yes. Fiction usually works best, although non-fiction narratives are welcome too. Ultimately, keeping readers interested and wanting more is the name of the game, so if your genre can do that, you’re in good shape.

What if I’m not confident in my writing, or unsure about the best way to write my novel?

At this stage, don’t worry about how great your writing is—just do your best. Since 10,000 words is only a fraction of the length of a novel, it’s still very much a rough draft this early on. Recognizing that it by no means has to be perfect might take the pressure off just enough to accomplish the real objective: getting those words onto paper.

Am I required to invite readers or request feedback?

It’s not a requirement, but it’s a great side benefit of the Challenge! If you wish to invite friends, family, and blog followers to read your work, we make it easy to do.

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