What it is: A year-long blog challenge for writers, focused on their current novels. Probing questions, writing challenges and a chance to connect with other writers and readers. Plus, a handy ready-made topic for those blogging dry spells…
Who can join in: Everyone! But the challenge is targeted at writers who are currently writing a book or are looking to promote a book they’ve just finished. Or, y’know, writers who just want to have fun and chat about their WIP.
Good to know: If you use the #AcresofInk hashtag on Twitter, I will do my best to read, comment on and retweet your posts.
Want to join in? Of course you do!
Or, for those who prefer something easier, click the ‘Read More’ to copy and paste a text version of the Writing Challenge.
I’ll be starting in the New Year and I’d love for you to join me. Happy blogging!
Week 1 | Your inspiration / motivation for writing the book
Week 2 | Write a paragraph pitching your book and then distil it into no more than 3 sentences (basically, a blurb). Show both.
Week 3 | Who is the book for and why will they love it?
Week 4 | Your favourite thing that DIDN’T make it into the book (such as a background story, description or an erased character)
Week 5 | Chapter 5, Line 5… share 5 lines of your WIP and then invite 5 writers to do the same.
Week 6 | An interview with your protagonist (See ‘Hot Seating’ for ideas or create your own)
Week 7 | Favourite relationship in the story
Week 8 | Alternative realities: what could have changed everything, and how?
Week 9 | Your favourite secondary character
Week 10 | Your thoughts on… (writing) Gardeners and Architects
Week 11 | Your favourite minor character
Week 12 | Language: Why a character speaks the way they do / unique slang
Week 13 | Your book is now a film. What will work well? What won’t?
Week 14 | What (if anything) would you like to express through your writing?
Week 15 | Recipes in your book
Week 16 | Your thoughts on… how to get the words down
Week 17 | Unseen Footage: Write a short scene that fits into your book but won’t make the final cut
Week 18 | Your writing habits
Week 19 | Which character is most likely to survive an apocalypse?
Week 20 | Tell us about… religion in your book
Week 21 | An interview with your villain (See ‘Hot Seating’ for ideas or create your own)
Week 22 | What you find easiest / hardest about the writing process
Week 23 | Top 5 quotes from your book
Week 24 | A minor character is now your protagonist. How do they fare?
Week 25 | Illustrations of three of your characters
Week 26 | Your protagonist was born a different sex. Does your story change?
Week 27 | Your favourite location in your novel
Week 28 | Tell us about… sports in your book
Week 29 | Guest post: Get a friend who is familiar with your novel to speak about it
Week 30 | Describe (or show) your book’s ideal cover
Week 31 | Book recommendations | Fans of your book might also enjoy…?
Week 32 | What is your protagonist’s biggest weakness?
Week 33 | Your favourite scene
Week 34 | Your thoughts on… Self-publishing or Traditional publishing?
Week 35 | An interview with a character of your choice (See ‘Hot Seating’ for ideas or create your own)
Week 36 | A day in the life of your protagonist
Week 37 | Which writer would you trust to finish your book if you weren’t able?
Week 38 | What is your villain’s biggest regret?
Week 39 | Your book is now a film. Who is in your Dream Cast?
Week 40 | A day in the life of your villain
Week 41 | Your favourite sub-plot
Week 42 | Your thoughts on… killing your darlings
Week 43 | Your most frustrating character
Week 44 | The character people would introduce to their parents
Week 45 | Tell us about… Travel in your novel
Week 46 | Speak about someone else’s WIP
Week 47 | Your thoughts on… queries and rejection
Week 48 | What are your goals as a writer?
Week 49 | Tell us about… Crime and punishment in your novel
Week 50 | The character you’d least like to meet in a dark alley
Week 51 | Your villain was born a different sex. Does your story change?
Week 52 | Happily Ever After… Is it possible for every character to get what they want?