Want to be an award-winning writer by next month?

Yes, it could happen.

And happen suddenly, too: one day you’re a regular writer, the next day you’re an award-winning author.

How? By entering the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge.

Many people have it in their heads that winning an award is a long, drawn-out process that can only happen once their books are published, and involves filling out lots of applications and sending their books off to a host of organizations, just to have a shot at gaining a shred of recognition.

Not at all. The truth?

You can win an award at any stage of the writing process. And that award is yours forever—no matter what—so the cover of your book can show off this fact (“An award-winning novel”), and any book you publish from then on is “From award-winning author (insert your name here).”

And…you can have fun in the process!

I, in conjunction with ChapterBuzz, was thrilled to give awards to Liberty Henwick, Barry B. Wright, and Dacia Arnold for their amazing efforts during the last 10K Writing Challenge.

We had a blast, some genuinely incredible books emerged, awards were given.

This October, are you with us? Learn more and get reminders


Registration for this Writing Challenge opens Monday!

The ChapterBuzz 10K Writing Challenge opens for official registration on Monday.

What is it?

It’s a one-month writing extravaganza, running from October 1–October 31, where your challenge is to write 10,000 words.

Bottom line: it’s your chance to start that novel you’ve always wanted to, or add 10,000 words to a manuscript that’s already in progress.

It’s also a great opportunity to get valuable feedback on what you’re writing.

Registration opens Monday. You can learn more and get on the reminders list on this page.

Last time was a lot of fun for everyone involved…this time will be no different!


When writing a novel, there’s no shame in asking for help

We writers can be a solitary bunch, no doubt. Many of us, no matter how outgoing we may be around others, still value our alone time.

Our writing time.

There’s just something about retreating to a private nook—or favorite outdoor spot—and letting your mind wander into the world of your novel, knowing your story is limited only by your imagination and can go in any direction you choose.

It’s your story, so you call the shots.

Unfortunately, this freedom can backfire. Many of us are happy to operate in solitude from start to finish, but at some point other people will be involved. They’re called readers, and since conventional wisdom tells us no one will read the book until it’s published, our readers are often the very last people we think of.

But they should be the first.

After all, why do all that work, then release your book on nothing but a wing and a prayer? After spending vast amounts of time and energy over the course of many months—or years—you don’t want to just cross your fingers and hope that your intended audience will appreciate what you wrote.

You want to know for sure.

Fortunately, you can, and it’s called the Early Feedback Method.

This method allows you to write in solitude and stay in touch with the outside world—that is, with those who are eventually going to read and buy your book.

Here’s the underlying principle: the more feedback you get in the beginning, the better. Why? Because you want to make sure that what you’re writing is resonating with your audience. That way, you can better focus your efforts.

Being open to feedback doesn’t mean that just because one person doesn’t like something, you have to take it out. But what you’re looking for is that your story works, and the comments of your early readers will give you a feel for that. They’ll point out plot holes. They’ll find inconsistencies. They’ll tell you the pacing is a little off. And the most astute among them will have some ideas for how to fix it.

What you’ll end up with is a rock-solid foundation to build your novel on, and once you have that, writing the rest is a whole lot easier, and requires only minor adjustments.

Want to try out the Early Feedback Method? The 10K Social Writing Challenge is an excellent opportunity, and it starts October 1. Join here, and see how a “Social” month of interacting with other writers can help you improve your story!

Want to write a novel? Time to get started!

You know it, I know it: there’s a famous author living inside of you, eager to break out. You want to write a book, but aren’t sure where to start.

Here is the perfect place to start! Enter the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge, which starts October 1.

Your mission is to write 10,000 words during the month, which will give you a strong start on your book. Even if you’ve written a number of words already, you’re welcome to join us and add 10,000 more.

You’ll meet a terrific community of talented writers, receive daily e-mail motivation to keep you moving forward, and get valuable feedback on your work that will help you build confidence in what you’re writing.

This novel-building extravaganza starts in one month, so get on board!

This fall, it’s time to write, write, and write!

When it comes to fall writing challenges, you have options. One, of course, is the famous NaNoWriMo—the 50,000-word marathon that takes place in November.

The other is the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge, which takes place in October and prides itself on—and is actually named for—its lower word count target: 10,000 words.

But what is a “social” writing challenge?

It’s one where you’ll get to know other writers, read each other’s stories, and even help each other out by giving feedback and constructive criticism.

Focusing on just 10,000 words will help you polish up your prose, tighten up your narrative, and better develop your characters. It’s like laying a foundation: when your first 10,000 words are rock solid, the rest of your story will be much easier.

10,000 new words, a new sense of possibility for your novel, and even some new friends who, like you, are up-and-coming authors.

Are you in?

Check it out! Learn more about the Challenge here

These writers are on the road to success. Are you?

As members of our Facebook community, these writers have made it clear they’re in it to win it:

  • Forget “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Here’s “At Home With the Henwicks”: When Liberty Henwick is struggling to write, she starts with a little idea and lets it grow on the page by itself. Great advice! Read more & comment
  • Helen Burns is wondering if anyone has any experience with good project-management software. If so, let her know!
  • “The only thing stopping you becoming a writer is you.” Tiffany Doran takes these words to heart every single day. Read more & comment

Get in on this! We’d love to have you. If you’re not a member of our Facebook writers’ community yet, get your invite here.

Happy writing,

Writers, save the date! The entire month of October

After a wildly successful first run, the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge is back, and starts October 1st.

What is it? It’s your chance to add 10,000 words to your novel, whether it’s currently a blank page, or halfway finished and gathering dust.

But it’s also a month-long, online writing retreat, where you’ll meet writers from around the world, each working on something incredible.

It’s an amazing experience. You’ll meet other writers who, like you, are super excited about their work. You’ll get valuable input from readers. You’ll be able to network with talented authors who would love to share their expertise with you.

Starting today, you can be the first to know when (free) registration opens! Sign up for e-mail updates here

This is your opportunity to buckle down and make 10,000 words’ worth of progress on your novel, get to know other authors, show off your progress with daily word count updates, and even win an award.

It all happens between October 1st & October 31st, so save the date! Learn more & get updates