Final weekend! 10K Writing Challenge starts Monday

Learn more about TimThis is the last weekend to enter before the 10K Novel Writing Challenge kicks off! So many of our writers have already made the bold decision to write 10,000 words during the month of October.

Imagine how this could ignite your writing life…

You’ll end the month with (at least) 10,000 new words—that’s several chapters—and possibly an award for your work-in-progress. And if you really get involved, you’ll also receive some great feedback on your work, rack up Fame Points, and attract new Fans!

(Your Fans are the people in this world who are the most excited to keep up on your writing journey and receive your new material.)

Start getting your name out there, and show the world what you’re made of.


Make your novel as awesome as you know it’ll be! Enter the Challenge now

Too busy to write? 3 steps to make time magically appear

Learn more about TimI hear it from writers all the time: “My life is too hectic, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to write.” I can totally relate. I have felt the same way for most of my life. But I discovered that with these 3 simple steps, I could conjure up extra hours in the day, almost with no effort at all.

And they can work for you, too:

1. Make a bold decision. This truly is the first step, and so many writers never do this. You need to tell yourself, in no uncertain terms, that writing a novel is what you want to do. Allow yourself to feel the excitement of setting out on this new journey. Close your eyes, and picture yourself holding your published book in your hands, in as much visual detail as possible. Then ask yourself, how does it feel?

It’s so simple, but it’s amazing what happens when you make this conscious (and bold) decision: it’s like your mind starts buzzing with all sorts of ideas on how to actually make it happen. Goals start setting themselves. Ever heard the term “mind shift”? That’s exactly what this is.

Here’s a good way to decide now that you’re going to get started: Join us in this 10,000-word Writing Challenge (starts October 1st…soon!)

2. Make your novel a priority. What’s important gets done. Ever notice how you never quite get around to things you aren’t very excited about? That’s no coincidence. If something is not a priority, there will be no shortage of reasons that you won’t “get around to it.” A year from now, do you really want to be thinking, I wish I could just get going on my novel? Or would you rather have a published book with your name on it—one that already hit #1 on the ChapterBuzz Charts—and be hard at work on your follow-up book as your readers keep asking you when it’ll be done?

Your familiar refrain of “I’ll write a book someday” stops today. Mark this day on your calendar…as the day you decided to make your novel a priority!

3. Make writing a habit. I learned about the power of habits through my ceiling fan. What? During the summer months, I noticed that the ceiling fan in my bedroom would collect dust. Not just a little dust, but mounds of dust. And since I don’t spend very much time thinking about ceiling fans—and to be fair, who does, really?—it was only every month or so that I would realize the fan blades had become absolutely befouled with all manner of dust, dirt, and grime. Dust bunnies? Ha. I had curated an entire zoo of dust animals. Between perching myself precariously on a folding chair to reach the fan blades, climbing down again, plus all the trips back and forth to the kitchen sink to rinse off my dusting cloth, the entire process took 20 minutes and felt like a cross between my daily workout and a training session for an Ocean’s Eight–style art museum heist.

Then one day I had an aha! moment. If I forced myself to quickly wipe down the fan blades every night before bed, it would save all the hassle, the time, and most importantly, the dread of having to do this major monthly chore. So that’s exactly what I do now: each and every night, I run a damp cloth down each of the fan blades. It only takes a few seconds, and I never have to worry about the next grand opening of the Great Dust Animal Zoo.

The point is: I’ve applied this habit-based approach to my writing, and it works very well, which is one reason I’m able to post so frequently on this blog. Daily writing is a habit for me!

Sitting down to write for an hour, even 30 minutes, each day means you’re making gradual progress on your book. Writing a novel will no longer feel like a herculean task, worthy of dread, that you’ll “get around to some day.”

That’s truly it. Now you’re more than a writer—you’re a magician.

Make the bold decision to get started, make your novel a top priority, get in the habit of writing every day, and just watch as your hectic life bends to your will, and time—out of nowhere—magically appears.

I’m Timothy Pike, and I specialize in helping you publish a beautiful book to the virtual shelves of Amazon. This October, join us for the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz!

T-minus 4 days! Join us for this Writing Challenge

Learn more about TimWriters, only 4 days left to register before the 10K Novel Writing Challenge starts!

Make sure you get in right away, so you can spend October writing about 350 words a day—for a total of 10,000 words added to your novel.

Whether your novel is a blank page or halfway done, whether you’re a published author or total beginner, you’re welcome to join us!

Novelists of all skill levels are welcome, and you could even win an award for your writing, and be an award-winning author by the end of the month.

See you there! Enter the Challenge now

3 ways winning an award for your novel can help you

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

I’m guessing you’ve already made the bold decision to get going on your novel, and realized that this kick in the pants to write 10,000 words and make solid progress on your book is the best way you could spend the next month.

And I’m sure you know that several awards are up for grabs, all going to the most promising works-in-progress.

Since there’s no cash prize, what’s so great about winning an award? 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 get—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. The name of the game is—I’m so sorry to keep rhyming—fame. Getting your work in front of as many people as possible is very important…and even more so before your book is published.

Ready to take your writing to the next level? Join us in the Challenge—it starts soon! Writers of all skill levels welcome.

3 ways to conquer fear and write, write, write!

Learn more about TimAs a novelist, do you ever feel anxiety or fear when you think about writing a book? Even procrastination and writer’s block can be brought on by deep-seated fears. Here are three ways to kick fear to the curb, and get those words onto paper.

1. Know you aren’t perfect. And neither is anyone else. Everyone has their unique gifts: for some, it’s storytelling, for others, it’s realistic characters. Still other writers are good with grammar. Then, of course, all writers are at different stages of their writing journeys. From beginners who have never written a single chapter, to experienced authors with several books published, everyone is on equal footing because each has nurtured—or is willing to nurture—his or her own unique talents. Here’s something to remember: even the big-name authors—the household names—also have editors who slice and dice and rewrite their manuscripts to make sure their books shine. No one’s perfect.

2. Remember what you stand to gain. I know that you know that your novel is going to be a hit. And what’s better than knowing that readers are out there enjoying your work, eagerly awaiting your next book? Remember that nothing great was ever achieved without risk, and even though writing and publishing a novel is not an easy feat, what you produce in the end will stand as a monument to your hard work, courage, and willingness to wade into the scary waters of putting your stories in the public eye. You’ve got this.

3. Take the Challenge. In other words, just do it. Diving right in and writing as much as you can is a great way to plow through your fears and hesitations. That’s where the 10K Novel Writing Challenge comes in. During the month of October, you’ll write 10,000 words, get feedback from fellow writers, and possibly (probably?) even win an award for your work-in-progress. Keep in mind that constructive criticism while you write is amazingly effective, and can help you fine-tune your novel so that you know readers are enjoying it—even before it’s published.

Please pass these tips on to writer friends who may need a nudge. And I hope to see you in the 10K Challenge next month!

“Will readers like my novel?” Here’s how to know for sure

“Truth be told, after I reached 10,000 words, I was very disappointed that it was all over. I am convinced that this month will absolutely stand out as one of the high points of this year for me.”

This is what author Liberty Henwick said after winning an award in the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz.

For the uninitiated, the “10K” is a month-long writing marathon where novelists of all skill levels endeavor to write 10,000 words and compete for a handful of awards.

So how did Liberty’s book become an award-winning novel, even before it was published?


When writing a novel, it’s important to know what’s resonating with your readers, and what could use some fine-tuning. Once you know this, you can either make the necessary changes or revel in the praise you’re getting—but either way, you can rest assured you’ve got a great novel on your hands.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get feedback on your work! During the 10K Challenge (which you can sign up for now), our writers love helping each other out by reading each other’s work and giving their insights about it.

“Be willing to listen to your readers’ suggestions with an open mind, so they can be completely honest. You don’t want them to hide the painful truths.”

—Liberty Henwick

After all, nothing is going to be perfect the first time you write it, so this early feedback can be very helpful. In fact, it’s every bit as important as a foundation is to a tall building.

Liberty was kind enough to share what she learned about receiving feedback:

Advice to the writer (you!):

  1. Have a thick skin and be willing to listen to the suggestions your readers make with an open mind, so that they feel at liberty to be completely honest. You don’t want them to hide the painful truths!
  2. Don’t take criticism personally, it’s not you, but your writing that is being critiqued. It’s likely that your work will need improvement—it will hardly ever be perfect the first time.
  3. You don’t have to take all advice on board. Sometimes you can stand by what you write if you feel strongly that there’s a good enough reason for it.

Advice to the reader on how to give honest and constructive criticism:

  1. Highlight any confusing passages and language that doesn’t make sense.
  2. Point out sections that are boring.
  3. Write down questions you have about the story so far that you’d like to see answered before the ending.

And Liberty’s parting words of wisdom to you, the writer: “Gag the inner critic and let loose the inner cheerleading team!”

Ready to get a jumpstart on your novel? Enter the 10K Novel Writing Challenge now

The 10K Novel Writing Challenge starts October 1st. Are you in?

Learn more about TimYou know those writers who just swoop in, wow tons of people with their stories-in-progress, climb the charts, and become award winners—all in one month?

That writer may just be you.

And it can all happen in the 10K Novel Writing Challenge, a month-long writing marathon starting October 1st at ChapterBuzz.

Registration just opened, so sign up now on this page.

You can even start your own Challenge Team.

Wait, what?

Yep, Teams are new! Every writer in the Challenge still works on his or her own novel, but working as a Team helps you 1) meet the weekly writing deadlines, 2) hold each other accountable for moving forward, and 3) increase your chance of becoming an award winner by month’s end.

This is sure to be the biggest Challenge yet, and as always, lots of fun. Oh, and even more fun for you—our big winner.

Check it out!

Author interview: Did you like Divergent? You’ll love Reactance

Dacia M. Arnold is a Colorado-based author who’s been hard at work on an adult dystopian trilogy that takes place in post-apocalyptic Denver. The first in the series, Apparent Power, is due out in December from Immortal Works Press. It’s also Dacia’s first full-length novel!

Be sure to get on Dacia’s mailing list to be the first in line for the big launch, and you’ll also get updates on Shifting Power, the sequel planned for a fall 2019 release.

But first, the appetizer. Reactance is the thrilling novella that kicks off the DiaZem series, and the premise is positively electrifying:

When a dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population, conductors of electricity are at the mercy of the DiaZem who rule over them. After her father is killed in a thwarted plan to eradicate the population without the conductor gene, Sasha Bowman channels her bitterness toward the woman she believes is responsible: the Queen DiaZem. Keeping a journal to share with the world what really transpired, Sasha rallies the community to React against the Apparent Power.

I asked Dacia a few questions about her inspiration, how she writes, and where this is all going.

Where did you get the idea to do a series like the DiaZem trilogy?

I could not get over how many moms loved the Divergent books by Veronica Roth. When I tried to search for adult books like Divergent, I could not find any because they are all young adult books. So I developed the frame work of a high action novel with a mother as the protagonist.

When you sit down to write, do you start with a premise, or just see where the pen takes you?

With the first novel I wrote on, I “pantsed it” the whole way, meaning I wrote it from beginning to end without outlining. The sequel, Shifting Power, was a bit different. I was working within a world I had already created, so in order to maintain the story, I had to outline.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

In 3 years, I hope to be completely done with the DiaZem trilogy. I am really looking forward to starting a new adventure with a new story that will likely be a standalone piece—I doubt I ever write another series again. The accolades I have received from the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at Chapterbuzz gives me comfort that I am well on my way to not only meeting this goal, but also being a successful author.

Read more about Dacia in her feature article in Books & Buzz Magazine, and be sure to grab your copy of Reactance on Amazon in print and audiobook.

Join us for this 10,000-word Writing Challenge!

Learn more about TimWant to give your novel-writing career a kick in the pants but need structure? Want to buckle down on your book but can’t seem to find the time?

Problem solved.

It’s the 10K Novel Writing Challenge, and it’s open to all writers, of any level or ability.

What is it? It’s your chance to add 10,000 words to your novel during the month of October, connect with other writers and get feedback on your work, and even win an award for your book-in-progress!

“The morning I opened the email informing me The Girl with White Hair had won an award, there was this pause where I processed it, followed by the biggest flood of relief and sense of achievement.” —Bexx Matthews

This year, you can work as part of a Writing Team (while still working on your own novel) to hold each other accountable to your goals, give each other feedback, and increase your chance of winning an award.

Whether this is your tenth novel and it’s half finished, or you’ve never written a chapter in your life, I know you’ll love this Challenge as much as Bexx Matthews, an accomplished author who is well-known around ChapterBuzz.

As Bexx put it:

“I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to work so hard for something before. The morning I opened the email informing me The Girl with White Hair had won an award, I was half asleep and squinting to read the screen. There was this pause where I processed it, followed by the biggest flood of relief and sense of achievement. I’d written for hours on the last night of the Challenge trying to hit that 10,000 word mark and I am so happy that I managed to get through and finish.

—Bexx Matthews

It’s totally free to join ChapterBuzz and participate in the Challenge. Translation: nothing to lose, everything to gain.

Check it out here, and be sure to pass this on to any writer you might want on your Team.

Want a reminder about the Challenge? Join ChapterBuzz now and I will send you a reminder in a few days, along with all the details about how to register and form your Writing Team.

Writing a novel? You could win an award next month

Learn more about TimCan you write 10,000 words in one month?

Sure you can. That’s only about 350 words a day, yet it’s an exhilarating plunge into the realm of your novel, a confidence boost for you, and a jump start for your writing career.

It all starts October 1st with the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz. Come join us on a month-long writing adventure that is sure to leave you with great memories and lots of new chapters for your novel!

But you might also become an award-winning writer. Read about Dacia M. Arnold, one of the very first winners in the Challenge. It didn’t take her long to get a publishing deal, and now her first full-length novel is hitting the shelves in December.

Whether your novel is just an idea in your head, or already half finished, you’re welcome to participate. As long as you write 10,000 new words during the Challenge month, you’ll be eligible for a book award.

And with 3 awards up for grabs, you stand a very good chance of becoming the next Challenge winner.

Learn more here, and I hope to see you in the Challenge!