We’re having a writing prompt contest!

This week’s writing contest is on!

Stop by the Page-a-Week Writers Club, where we’re having a contest this week around this writing prompt:

Your main character goes back in time 20 years, and notices one particular thing that makes him or her feel right at home…and not want to return to the future. What is it?

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  1. Join the Page-a-Week Writers Club
  2. Compose your response (at least 35 words) on your blog
  3. Contact me to send me the link to your blog post!

Can you write 35–40 words about this picture?

Today’s visual writing prompt from the Page-a-Week Writers Club:

In 35–40 words, describe the scene. Feel free to make up any details about what’s going on, any characters involved, etc., in order to make it work for your genre. With only 35—40 words available to you, word economy is key!

Post your response in the comments below, and if you’re not already a member of the Club, join in!

Photo credit: Marcelo Quinan

When writing feels like a chore? Power through

I’m guessing that as a writer, you love to write, and happily find time most days to get your ideas out onto paper.

But I’m also guessing that other days, you’re not exactly springing out of bed and jumping into your writing chair.

In fact, some days, writing can feel very much like a chore.

It’s perfectly normal, and here’s the thing: you’d be hard-pressed to find one big-name author who has never had plenty of days where writing felt like drudgery. It was the master of suspense himself, Stephen King, who said, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Meaning you have to do it even when you don’t want to. That’s what separates a hobbyist from a professional.

And if it’s your dream to be (or you already are) a professional, published author, it’s important to treat writing as your job.

When you can bring yourself to sit down and get some work done on the days where writing feels like a bit of a slog, you’ll feel that much better on the good days, fueled even more by the enjoyment, creative wonder, and sense of possibility that comes with writing a novel, knowing that you are a professional and you are making progress, rain or shine.

And hey, the good news? Unlike a traditional day job, you get to set your own schedule!

I encourage you to join the Page-a-Week Writers Club—it’s a great way to get writing on a regular basis, meet and network with other authors, and turn writing into a habit—even if, like most of us, you’re busy busy busy! Join now

Starts today! The exact opposite of NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is a month-long writing marathon where participants all scramble to throw together 50,000 words as if their lives depended on it.

The Page-a-Week Writers Club, however, is opposite in almost every respect. And it starts today!

How does it differ?

You don’t need to take a month off work and send your kids to camp. Go about your busy life, resting assured that you’ll be making steady progress on your book. E-mail encouragement will show up in your inbox, and other writers will be around for support.

You can keep your hair, because you won’t feel the need to tear it out. There’s no pressure to pull 1,500 words out of thin air every single day just to get them down on paper. Your writing area won’t be buried under hundreds of sticky notes. A page a week is only 35–40 words a day, so you could literally write one sentence before bed and fall asleep smiling.

It won’t just end, leaving you unsure how to proceed. We’re in this for the long haul—and we aim to make weekly writing a habit! Stay in the Club as long as you want. You’ll have opportunities to share your work with others and get feedback, so that you’re not writing frantically for hours every day only to end up with some half-formed manuscript that you have no idea what to do with—while wondering how it will be received by readers.

Join this elite group of writers today!

Writer, what do you struggle with?

As we prepare for the big launch of the Page-a-Week Writers Club on Monday, I’d like to know what you may be struggling with as a writer.

This could be any mountain you can’t seem to climb, from the beginning stages of conceiving of your novel, to actually writing it, to publishing and promoting it.

Or it could be a personal struggle you feel is preventing you from reaching your full potential as a writer.

Your story will help me provide encouragement to Club members on a much deeper level as they make weekly writing a habit.

If you yourself haven’t joined the Club yet, it’s open to all.

Are you brave enough to share? I’ll feature you on this blog. Your story will go a long way toward helping other writers who are experiencing similar struggles.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • What is your biggest writing struggle?
  • Is there any personal struggle that is keeping you from realizing your full potential as a writer?
  • What have you tried to overcome this?
  • Has anything you’ve tried worked to some degree?
  • What are a few interesting or entertaining facts about you, even non-writing related?

If you’d like to be featured, go ahead and e-mail your story to me. If you’d just like to make a comment, go right ahead—comment section is open!

Let’s talk struggle today, for the purpose of overcoming it tomorrow.

Apparent Power by Dacia Arnold hits #1 on ChapterBuzz

She’s done it!

After weeks of sitting at #2 on the ChapterBuzz Charts, Dacia Arnold has grabbed the #1 spot on the whole site with her novel, Apparent Power.

It’s a thrilling read that keeps you guessing and in suspense:

A young medical receptionist. An apocalyptic disaster that awakens a dormant gene in a small segment of the population. To a ruthless government bent on morphing into a totalitarian regime, these genes are useful, but Valerie Russell’s even rarer genes are indispensable.

Stranded in central Colorado, a hundred miles from home—and from her two-year-old son—Valerie quickly becomes the target of a government plot for domination. Racing against the clock, Valerie tries desperately to get home to her family, avoid capture, and defeat the dark, rising power that so badly wants her genes.

Author Dacia Arnold

But it’s still a work-in-progress, and Dacia wants you to know that she’d like your help. Since ChapterBuzz lets you critique and be critiqued, here’s what Dacia said she would like to hear from you:

Tell me you hate it. Tell me you love it. Tell me I have typos. Tell me that I should keep my day job. Seriously. Rip it apart.

So stop by, have a great read, and help Dacia sculpt her novel-in-progress.

Check out the book that’s making it big already—and this is before it’s published!