Writing Challenges Update (and August’s Challenge Details)

on August 2, 2014 in Blogging, Freelance Writing, Goals and Planning

Let's jump right in with this month's writing challenge. We're doing a 30 in 30 days type of challenge, focused on short-form writing. You can choose the type of writing you want to do for this challenge, depending on your goals. My recommendations are to focus on:

  • Blogging (ideal for pro bloggers, nonfiction writers, or anyone using blogging as a part of their platform)
  • Flash fiction (ideal for fiction authors looking to create shorter work for promotional value on their site or to sell to flash fiction publishers)

You can even mix these together if you'd like.

The challenge itself is self-explanatory. You have a 30 day period to write 30 short pieces of your choosing.

You can do this as a part of the community challenge this month, or you can do it at any time that works for you using the charts below for tracking and the challenge-specific forum where you can share your progress and get tips from other writers who took on the challenge before you.

Here are the charts to help you out:

Good luck!

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Moving forward, we'll likely continue in this format -- having a focus challenge as a community, but having challenge resources and forum sections available for you to take them on at any time. I'll release more challenge intros and worksheets in the near future.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. Through her company, 3 Beat Media, she operates All Indie Writers, NakedPR.com, BizAmmo.com, and numerous other blogs.

Jenn has over 15 years experience writing for others, over 11 years experience in blogging, and 9 years experience in indie e-book publishing. She is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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  1. Jessie
    Jessie August 3, 2014 Reply

    I’m so excited about this challenge 🙂 I’ll be creating some atmsopheric stories this month, all of which will be used to market my space fantasy / gothic romance mash-up-edness. I really love the idea of the challenges being open all year round, I think they will help a lot of people that way.

    • Jessie
      Jessie August 3, 2014 Reply

      Also that should be atmospheric but I clicked post comment before I saw that!

    • Author
      Jennifer Mattern August 3, 2014 Reply

      Best of luck! 🙂

  2. LoriWidmer August 4, 2014 Reply

    I’m just going to go ahead and call you the Chart Maven; you have the best charts and for everything!

    I like this challenge. I can get on board with the blogging — I have three blogs, and this is a great way to get into the habit of updating them all.

    I’m in!

    • Author
      Jennifer Mattern August 4, 2014 Reply

      What can I say? Charts and worksheets make me happy. 🙂

      I’m hoping to get my first blog post binge in today — somewhere between 3 and 5 posts. I’ve been trying to find a better balance between long and short posts, so this should help me with that by encouraging shorter shares. That’s one of the reasons I love Tuesdays here. Quick tip posts. I need to integrate something similar into other blogs.

  3. Jessie
    Jessie August 4, 2014 Reply

    Yes, Jenn is totally the chart queen 🙂

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