Over the many years I’ve spent coaching writers—pushing them to buckle down, achieve greater heights, and get their books out into the world—I’ve probably heard just about every concern you can think of.
- “As a first-time novelist, will people take my writing seriously?”
- “How do I know when my novel is ‘good enough’ that I can stop revising and think about publishing?”
- “If I do all the work, is anyone going to buy my book?”
Of course, I did my best to calm these fears, but I totally get why anyone would be intimidated by writing a book. It’s a life-changing achievement!
What’s more, even though Amazon has given us a great platform for book sales, it’s both a blessing and a curse: with a stack of books so tall, how on earth do you stand out in the crowd?
That’s where Critique Week comes in. It’s part of the 10K Novel-Building Challenge, starting October 1st at ChapterBuzz and running until the end of the month.
You’ll spend October writing at least 10,000 words, getting feedback from readers, and building a strong foundation for your novel.
Why is Critique Week so powerful?
- I’ve made it super easy to stand out in the crowd and get noticed by readers and other writers in the Challenge. It’s as simple as participating!
- Your readers can keep you going in the right direction and help you fine-tune your “story arc.”
- Your readers will be happy to tell you everything they love about your story. But they’re also happy to help by pointing out things that don’t make sense, parts that drag a little, or just typos, so that your book will be ready for prime time once you finish writing it.
Critique Week, in other words, is like a massage and facial for your book.
Here’s what your October will look like:
1. First week: Write 10,000 words
The pressure’s on! Pour yourself a steaming mug, snuggle up in your writing nook, and lay down 1,500 words every day for the first 7 days.
2. Second week: Critique Week
You’ve worked hard, so let’s slow things down. Now, kick back and read the stories of other Challenge participants. This week, you’ll read their novels-in-progress, “Buzz” their chapters, and give feedback on their work. Meanwhile, they’ll be doing the same for you!
3. Third week: Revise
Revise your existing chapters based on the feedback you’ve received, and continue to add more chapters to your novel. Now it’s really taking shape!
4. Fourth week: …
Week 4 is…well, it’s a surprise. Enter the Challenge now to get in on the secret!
5. Last few days: Awards
It’s awards time! Three deserving writers will be presented with awards for their work. I want you to be one of them!
Writing a book is life-changing, and here’s your chance to get started on the journey…and treat your novel to spa day!