It’s a brand new year… are you ready for a new writing challenge?
In 2017, I participated in the 52-Week Writing Challenge (and was the randomly chosen winner) and in 2018, I did the #52weeks52stories Writing Challenge.
When I asked around about a writing challenge for 2019, none popped up, so I decided to go my own way, and you’re invited to join me!
If you’ve participated in any type of writing challenge, you’re already aware of what a useful writing tool they can be. If you’ve come to an impasse in your current WIP, stepping away for a moment to focus on something else can sort through the cobwebs, flick on the light, or move the forest so you can see the trees.
Parts of a current WIP can also be used in a writing challenge. The difficulty of character profiles, scenes, world building, and even book blurbs can disappear when task are tackled as flash fiction.
As the Queen of Many Wurdz and champion of the run-on sentence, I took part in challenges to focus on short stories. I needed to focus on telling a complete story in as few words as possible. I’m partial to longer standalone books, but not everyone wants to read a 180K epic psychological family saga.
Okay, I lied. I don’t either.
So, after 70+ short stories, how am I doing? It’s an ongoing process. 🙂
What I enjoy most about writing challenges is the accountability. Someone is watching, keeping me honest, cheering me on during the good weeks, and talking me off the ledge during the bad ones. Writing is a solitary endeavor, but many times it helps to get out of your own head.
What are the rules for #My52? That’s the best part—there aren’t any.
- Writing in any form counts. Haiku, Poetry, Drabble, Flash, short story… they’re all welcome.
- Genres are also limitless. Suspense, Mystery, Romance, LGBT, Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA… it’s your choice.
- The writing week is Monday through Friday with postings on Saturday and Sunday. (Posting earlier in the current week is acceptable too.)
- Tweet a link to your post with the hashtag #My52 for retweets and likes
- Grab the banner at the top and link back to this page and I’ll feature your post during the challenge.
Don’t let the word challenge stress you. It’s not a contest and the challenge is only against yourself… to keep you writing-focused.
Life gets crazy and cluttered, so do not beat yourself up if you miss a week. Keep writing!
Word counts can be anywhere from a 17-syllable Haiku to a multi-week short story.
Have fun with it. Write outside your form or genre—I’m not a paranormal writer and I wrote paranormal stories last year and enjoyed doing it.
If you have questions, leave them in the comments or find me on Twitter – @MsFelicia, or Instagram – @fle_d.
Happy 2019… and happy writing!