# MillionWordChallenge

Writing challenges—that’s all I seem to think, read, and even write about lately. And, apparently, I’m all about the challenge.

When I started this blog, my daily goal was to write 900 words a day (not counting blogging). Last week I was discouraged to realize that I had fallen (very) far short of that goal. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure (which for some impossible-to-understand-even-to-me reason I seem to need to do in this blog), since I started blogging, I have written approximately in the neighborhood of around about 4,235 words—okay, really it was 4,125. In a little under seven weeks. 45 days. Which is about approximately somewhere in the neighborhood of a measly 91.67 words per day….or almost, kind of, about one-third of a page. At this rate I figure, if I change my goal to writing a novella, I could finish a first draft (based on a low word count, according to wikipedia, of 17,500 words) in about 190 days.

I have to do something. But what I ask myself? Then I notice: a writing challenge on Twitter. Once I opened my eyes to them, they were suddenly everywhere!

  • Then, I read about another challenge on Making “Baby Grand.” On her blog last week, Dina Santorelli invited readers along for the ride, fast and furious, as she writes 1,000 words a day. It took me a day to consider, but then I decided: I’m so there. I’m in. In a month I could just about finish my WIP!

  • Then yesterday, I stumbled on the 10,000 word a day challenge on the blog Fear of Writing—yes 10,000 words in a day: about 28 pages. Do-able? Hey, it’s a challenge! Sure, why not!?

  • Finally, I considered the kahuna of challenges: November Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during which—apparently—I will experience “30 days and nights of literary abandon,” so it says at the top of their website. By then, after all the other challenges, I’ll be on Novel #2, maybe even #3, right? It’ll be old hat.

And you know what, I’m doing them all! The #1KWordChallenge every Thursday and the 1000 words-a-day everyday starting April 1st and the 10,000 word challenge this Thursday AND Saturday, and NaNoWriMo, too.

Plus, I’m upping the ante: I’m issuing my own challenge. That’s right. It’s the million-word challenge in 24 hours. That’s fourteen books in a day. Go big or go home, that’s what I say. You in?



p.s. How do you motivate yourself to write? Do challenges help you, like they do me? Does blogging slow your other writing down?


  1. Oh my goodness…one million words in 24 hours? That makes me feel woozy — I’d rather “go home.” 🙂

    Good luck with the other challenges!

  2. Liz says:

    I’m not a write, so I can’t speak to that part, however there were many people who took part in NaNoWriMo, and only a few dedicated souls lived to tell about it. 🙂

  3. Amanda–if you’re woozy, then I must be downright dizzy…time for me to do some serious writing as an anecdote!

    Liz–I guess that’s what I grapple with…is the commitment worth the pain…? 🙂

  4. NaNo is fun! I’ve participated for several years and it’s always a blast. It’s good practice for getting something down on the page quickly. You then remind yourself that it can always be fixed later.

    I’m seriously considering the 10,000 word challenge. I’m in revisions on book 1, but I could start book 2 and get a huge jump on it with that challenge. Gah… why do you tempt me?? 🙂

  5. I know, right? You’re way ahead of me — and a great inspiration! I need to get a whole lot better at disciplining myself, and I’m hoping these challenges will help.

  6. OMG! I love this! You know what–don’t laugh, but sometimes the big challenges scare me because I think “I can’t do this every day.” I like the idea of doing certain days of the week. Or trying on one day and another challenge a different day.

    And the new looks great by the way!

  7. Nina — Laugh?? No way! That’s why I wrote this. I’m scared to death, because I really only write about ten words a day (not counting my blog). This was so tongue in cheek, laughing at myself because I’m so super competitive that I often need these challenges to drive me to write! 🙂
    p.s. Thanks for the thumbs up on the new look, too!

  8. You’re a hoot! I love your enthusiasm for writing challenges and a million words in 24 hours. Go, wordsxo!

    Thank you for mentioning the 10K challenge at my blog. Hope to see you joining us in April.

    ~ Milli

  9. Thank you and you’re welcome — I hope to join you in April. Let’s see how organized I can get around my WIP (and everything else) too!