Writers, March bravely forward & Challenge yourself

Books & Buzz Magazine, February 2019, Volume 1 Issue 6

Spring, at least where I live, is just around the corner, but winter appears to be hanging on till the end, reluctant to release its grip. I’m excited for the last flakes of the season to fall, but as I write this, I’m still wrapped in a warm blanket.

I imagine you might be, too, so keep the kettle boiling, pour a hot cup, and join us for what I’m even more excited for: the semiannual 10K Novel Writing Challenge at ChapterBuzz! That’s right—it’s time to either attack that blank page or blow the dust off your half-finished manuscript and make 10,000 words’ worth of progress on it.

You’ll be in good company. As we speak, writers from all over the world are gearing up to jump right in and get a huge head start on their novels in next month’s “10K.”

Awards are up for grabs, too. If you happen to win one, you’ll join the very top echelon of ChapterBuzz authors, along with past award winners Kaitlyn Abdou, Dacia M Arnold, and Bexx Matthews. It starts March 1st, so be sure to get in on the action!

I know you’re eager to explore this month’s issue, so please welcome our contributors:

One of the toughest things to do in writing, according to professional book editor Michael Mohr, is to create strong, believable tension. But once you master these tricks, you’ll keep your readers hooked from the very first page.

Novelist Piper Punches talks about when she was writing her second book and a little voice inside her head kept telling her that “it was trash, and I wasn’t creative or smart enough to pull it off.” How did she get past this? I’ll let her explain.

Finally, around here, we can never get enough of author and poet Allison Marie Conway. Not only does she write our monthly Art & Soul column, she’s also gracing our cover this month.

Once you’ve read Allison’s secret to deciding what to do next (in writing and in life), be sure to read her feature interview article to hear about how she’s finding her truth every day, how she comes up with those gorgeous poems, and about her (very surprising) first word that she totally trusts her parents on.

(Quick note: if you’d like to be one of our featured contributors, please see our submission guidelines. I look forward to sharing your work with our community!)

Dig in! There are enough thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, smile-producing stories in this month’s issue of Books & Buzz Magazine to help you forget all about those last few shivers of winter.

Happy reading,

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


You (and your friends) will love this Writing Challenge

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I’m getting really excited about next month!

March 1st starts the 10K Novel Writing Challenge over at our writing community website, ChapterBuzz.

As the person in charge of running the “10K,” I always look forward to meeting new writers and welcoming past participants. Throughout the month, I enjoy sending out e-mails of encouragement to everyone, featuring writers who are doing well, and seeing people’s word counts being posted every day.

But this Challenge is going to be huge. So many new writers are jumping on board, and I hope you’ll join us, too!

Be sure to tell your friends about it, and invite them to participate—so that you can all keep each other motivated during the month!

Just show your friends this link with all the info:

Starts March 1st!

It all starts with 10,000 words

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“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.”

This from novelist Bexx Matthews, past winner of the Most Buzz Award in the 10K Novel Writing Challenge.

She went on:

“I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to work so hard for something before. 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.”

Now it’s your turn…ready to write 10,000 words in a month? Fans, Fame, and feedback await you in the “10K” this year. Learn how the Challenge can kick start your writing career

Hurry, starts in March!

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