You worked hard. You stayed up late, got up early, pushed through writer’s block, and finally, at long last, finished writing your book.
But after you write your book, what comes next?
A few months ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2. The challenge came with stakes. If I missed my deadline, I had to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise the most.
You’re probably wondering, “Did you succeed? Or did you have to send that $1,000 check to that presidential candidate you hate most?”
By the way, you can read all the updates from my Book Deadline Challenge here.
So here’s the news on my deadline…
Last week, our partner literary magazine Short Fiction Break announced the winners of the 5th Anniversary Writing Contest. Entering this contest was a huge accomplishment for all our writers, and we want to celebrate the winners here on The Write Practice, as well.
We received over 300 entries to this contest from a number of very talented writers. The judges thoroughly enjoyed reading all your stories, and with such an amazing selection, you made their job of choosing just a handful of winners very difficult.
You should be proud. We’re very proud of you.
“The artist is a receptacle,” said Pablo Picasso, “for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”
Creativity begins with your eyes and your heart. What do you feel when you see something, a bird for example, or a tree, or a blank wall lit by halogen, or an ordinary coffee table?
Seven weeks ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2, and if I miss my deadline, I have to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise. More on the challenge and other productivity hacks for writers here.
Today, I’ll share an update on my progress, and what I’m learning through the process.
In the last few weeks, we asked you to tell us about what you’re writing. Many of you are in the middle of writing a book, and many more would like to start one. Writing a book is an awesome goal, and we want to support you in every way we can.
That’s why we’re so excited to announce our brand-new program: Write a Book in 100 Days.
This program is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Let me explain how it will virtually guarantee that you finish your book in 100 days.
165,000 people search “how to right a book” every month.
(NOTE: Step one to write a book, get a good critique group who will catch those spelling errors.)
Seriously though, wouldn’t it be great to write a book? To see your name on that glossy cover, flip the pages filled with words you’ve written, to be able to tell your friends, “I’m an author.”
How do you write a book?
Earlier this week, I asked you to tell me how your writing is going. In just a couple days, I received over 1,500 responses.
Many of you said you’re currently writing a book, and many more said you’d like to. But you also told me you’re stuck.
Trust me, I’ve been there. I know how hard it is to write a book. Halfway through my first book, I nearly gave up because the process was so painful. I’ve slogged through the trenches you’re in right now, and I’ve learned how to make it through and finally finish writing a book. I want to share with you how I did it, and how you can do it, too.
Three weeks ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2, and if I miss my deadline, I have to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise. I’m three weeks into the challenge, and I’ve finished nine chapters so far for a total of 42,000 words.
It wasn’t hard to finish nine chapters, since I started the challenge with a little less than 30,000 words already written. However, since then I’ve written about 12,000 words, or about 600 per day.
Let’s go a little deeper to see what is working and what isn’t.
Today is The Write Practice’s fifth anniversary!
That’s pretty crazy to think about. Five years ago, The Write Practice was just a budding site, one little writing blog trying to make a space for itself on the internet. Since then, we’ve grown into a thriving community full of amazing writers who come back day after day to share our writing practice and support each other.
The truth is, The Write Practice wouldn’t be what it is today without you. So to celebrate turning five, I want to say, THANK YOU.
And what better way to say “Thank you!” than with a giveaway?