Have you always wanted to write a book?
Maybe you HAVE written one, but now you want to write another and you need to kick yourself into gear.
Whether this is your first book, or your fifth, I have an exciting challenge happening this summer to help you make it happen!
I planned to do this as a personal challenge and some of my writing friends wanted to join in, so I decided to spread the fun.
Introducing the …
Write a Book by the Pool Challenge!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a pool. You can write anywhere you want. I will be writing by the pool and the point is that you can do this from anywhere, as long as you have a computer (or a pen and paper, if you prefer to do it Old School.)
We begin on Monday, June 25th so you have one week to get prepared. Between now and then, I’ll be sharing a few tips for getting ready to write your book so you can plan along with me.
Week 1 – Plotting and Outlining
In the first week, we’re plotting, outlining and planning. This is the time to determine what you’re writing, who you’re writing it for, and to create a rough outline before you begin.
Week 2 – Strategy and Getting the Work Done
In week two, you’re going to pound the keyboard and get as many words out as you can. Allow the creative juices to flow and don’t worry about research and editing right now. Just write, write, write. We’re also going to talk about writing strategy. How do you prepare for these writing sessions? How do you avoid distractions? How do you stay committed for the long haul? I’ll help you with all of that as we do it together.
Week 3 – More Writing and Some Research
This week we’re going to keep pounding away at that word count, but if you have some research you need to do, this is a great time to start fitting that in. We’ll talk about just how to do that when this week approaches. You should have a goal to be around the halfway point this week in word count. If your total word count goal is 50,000 words, you should be at or past 25,000 by the end of this week.
Week 4 – Brainstorming, Writing, Expanding
We’re going to keep writing this week, but we’re also going to expand on some of what we’ve already written. If you have a beta reader or a writing buddy, this is a good week to share some sample chapters. The feedback you receive will help you see how to continue expanding and improving your book. This can also help if you start to experience writer’s fatigue or hit any blocks now that you’re past the halfway marker.
Week 5 – Keep on Swimming!
Now you’re coming up on the end. Don’t quit! This week we’re going to keep on writing, finishing up main ideas and plot points, and we’re going to talk about how to stay motivated to the very end. You will want to strive for 75% of your word count goal by this point.
Week 6 – Polish and Publish
Now you’re in the home stretch! We have probably already hit our word count. If not, we’re honing in on it this week. You will also edit, polish it up, and start preparing for publication in this week. At the end of week six, we’re going to have a BIG celebratory bash in the group to celebrate the awesomeness of completing a book!
Sound like something you’re ready to dive into?
Sign up below and we’ll do this together.
You can write FICTION or NONFICTION in this challenge – the choice is yours. The challenge will work for either.
We’re also going to track our progress in the Coffee Shop, my Facebook Group for writers. We will be using the hashtag #poolchallenge for posts related to this writing challenge. I hope you’ll join us and follow along!
Sign up here to enter the challenge.