Feeling brave? Try writing 10,000 words in a week!

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Do you have what it takes to write 10,000 words in one week?

by Timothy Pike

Just as the universe exploded into existence with the Big Bang, your novel is about to be born in a trial by fire.

The trial? Write 10,000 wordsin just 1 week.

Whether your novel is currently a blinking cursor on a blank screen in Microsoft Word, or already halfway done, you are invited to join this group of writer-warriors from all over the world and give your writing life a major boost.

It’s an act of bravery—and not for the faint of heart.

“I thought there was no way I could do it,” says author Cynthia A. Jensen, who participated in the last 10K, “But I proved myself wrong and ended the week with over 10,000 words.”

It’s also a heroic leap in the direction of your dreams.

Think you can summon the courage?

Find out by joining us in the 10K Novel-Building Challenge at ChapterBuzz, starting this Sunday the 1st!

Writers of all skill levels welcome! Join us today

Starting Sunday, we writers are off to the races. Are you in?

On Sunday, March 1st, aspiring novelists and published authors from all over the world will be dashing off the starting line as the 10K Novel-Building Challenge kicks off, where the goal in the first week is to write 10,000 words.

So, are you joining us?

Here are 3 ways the Challenge can help you achieve your goals:

1. Encouraging e-mails

Every day, I’ll send you a message to help you along and make the Challenge a little easier. Sometimes it’s tough to stay focused in the midst of such a challenge, but I’ll help you take heart and end up with a solid foundation for an excellent novel…one you can be proud of!

2. Show off your word count

You’ve committed to writing a novel, so show off your progress! Each day, you can post your word count on your profile with just a few clicks. As the month goes on, seeing all the updates on your page and all the progress you’ve made can be a huge boost for your motivation!

3. Get feedback on your work!

When you take the Challenge, you are joining a community where you can meet and connect with readers and fellow writers. The Challenge is an terrific chance to hear what readers think of your chapters, and to give other writers feedback of your own!

The Challenge starts Sunday, so get in now!

Writers, pick up your pens!

Learn more about TimThe 10K Novel Writing Challenge is almost here!

Starting March 1st, it’s 10,000 words or bust. What does this mean for you? A strong head start on your novel… or just the push you’ve been needing to pick up where you left off and finally get it done.

So spend the month of March with us, racing toward the achievement of a lifetime: a finished novel that’s ready to be published.

One of the things we all like to do is give each other feedback on our ongoing writing projects. This means you’ll get valuable input from other writers, while sinking your teeth into plenty of other stories and sharing your ideas as well.

And for the ultimate in bragging rights…

You could even take home one of three awards, like these talented writers did. Give your writing career a boost by becoming an award-winning author!

You can learn more about the Challenge here

2019 is the year you write a novel

Learn more about TimYou’ve been meaning to write a novel for a while now. You have a great idea for a story, know people will like it, and are eager to start building your readership.

You just need the push to do it.

Well, great news! The 10K Novel Writing Challenge is right around the corner, and it was made just for you. This is your big chance to get started in a big way by cranking out 10,000 words during the month of March.

Whether you’re staring at a blank page or already halfway done, you’re invited to join us.

10,000 words is your goal, but there’s more! You’ll connect with other writers who are also working on novels, show off your first chapters to our huge community of readers, and even get their feedback on what’s working well and what could be improved.

Your novel is a work-in-progress, of course, but that’s actually the best time to be hearing from your readers. Don’t wait until it’s all done to ask people what they think!

And perhaps best of all, you could win an award. That’s right: instead of just “writing a book,” you could be writing an award-winning novel by the time the 10K Challenge is over.

Starts March 1st. Check it out and get your reminder!

Writers of all skill levels, welcome to our community!

Books & Buzz Magazine January 2019It’s no secret that I love discovering and featuring up-and-coming writers.

But now there’s a magazine that is entirely devoted to literary talent: Books & Buzz Magazine. And now is your chance to grab a free subscription!

Here’s what’s inside our January issue:

Letter from the Editor: Here’s to new beginnings

New year, new you. Right? Whether you’re a writer who’s planning to buckle down on your novel, or a book lover who has vowed to read more in 2019, we’ve got you covered over at ChapterBuzz. Read the rest

This author of horror is writing your next nightmare
by Timothy Pike

Nottingham, UK. It’s 7:30 in the morning, and a car sits idling outside an office building in a late-October drizzle. The car’s windows, slightly fogged, reflect the gray sky as raindrops slide down the glass, making it impossible to see inside. That’s perhaps for the best. This is, after all, where your next nightmare is taking shape. Read the rest

Want killer writing? Stop doing this
by Allison Marie Conway

Each time we sit down to write is a new beginning and this is at once frightening and freeing. But the one thing we must stop doing if we want writing that is real, vulnerable, dangerous, true, meaningful and pulsing with delicious energy is… Read the rest

‘Twas the night after Christmas
by Liberty Henwick

‘Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, especially the mouse.
As he lay on the sofa he rubbed his fat belly.
He barely could stand as his legs felt like jelly.
While visions of sugar plums danced in his head
He groaned, “please no more, I’d rather be dead!” Read the rest

The “bread and meat” of writing
by Michael Mohr

It has taken me years and years of writing my own novels, stories and nonfiction, not to mention editing countless others’ manuscripts, to finally over time realize that there is such a thing as bread and meat in writing. What the hell am I talking about? Simple. Read the rest

Happy reading,
Timothy Pike
Editor-in-chief, Books & Buzz Magazine

Conquer this writing challenge…with your friends!

Learn more about TimLike clockwork, the 10K Novel Writing Challenge happens every March and October. Writers from all over the globe set aside the entire month to focus on writing 10,000 words for a great head start on their novels.

That’s not news.

But this is: this March, you’ll now be able to get a few friends together and have a friendly competition as you write!

Conquering the 10K together is a great way to stay motivated to finish the Writing Challenge. Knowing that you could get left in the dust if you slack off will keep each of you laser-focused on your goal of writing 10,000 words in one month.

Of course, the Challenge still comes with all the usual perks, like:

  • Getting feedback on your manuscript so you can fine-tune your story early on
  • Having your profile featured to other ChapterBuzz members to start building your readership
  • You can win an award (and become an award-winning writer) by month’s end

…and of course, the biggest perk of all: showing off your writing chops to your friends (as you enjoy each other’s unfolding stories).

Get ready for March! Learn more about the 10K Challenge

3 ways your writing career could TAKE OFF in March

Learn more about TimWord is spreading quickly, so by now you’ve probably heard about the 10K Novel Writing Challenge that starts on March 1st.

You may have already made the bold decision to get going on your novel this year, so this opportunity to make 10,000 words’ worth of progress on your book is probably one of the best ways you could spend the month of March.

But the best part is that three awards are up for grabs, all going to the most promising works-in-progress.

What’s so great about winning an award? The answer is simple: it’s a great career booster, and here are 3 reasons why:

1. You’re taken more seriously. Being an award-winning author (instead of just “a writer”) gives you instant credibility. It means your work was recognized as being top-notch—a distinction that few novelists ever try for—and catapults you from hobbyist to serious career author.

2. People are more likely to buy your book. Hey, winning an award is an impressive feat, and readers know this. Seeing “Award-winning” on the cover of any book can quickly tip a reader from “Hmmm, sounds interesting…” to “Add to cart.” And that’s exactly what you want!

3. You’ll be featured in our literary magazine. As an award winner, you can give your blossoming career a jump start with a feature article about you in Books & Buzz Magazine. Getting your work in front of as many people as possible is very important, and believe it or not, the best time to do this is before your book is published.

Ready to take your writing to the next level? Join us in the Challenge—it starts March 1st!

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

Happy writing,
Tim