14 Days. 14 Chapters. 14 Writing Tips.

Did you know?

February 14, Valentine’s Day, is Day 45, the precise midpoint of our 90-day challenge to write 85,000 words during the 90-Day Write cycle of the 85K Writing Challenge.

We’ve reached the middle of the challenge.

Yay us!

Let’s finish strong.

Fallen behind? No worries.

If you write your very first word, starting from scratch today, February 14th, halfway through the 90-day challenge . . .

  • You would need to write at a pace of only 1,889 words per day to reach 85,000 words by March 31. That’s less than 2,000 words per day.
  • Assuming an average of 250 words per page, that’s a writing pace of only 7.5 pages per day. Less than ten pages.

We’re only six weeks from the finish line.

So whether you’ve been writing all along, or just getting started today, with discipline, drive, and a little bit of determination, in six weeks, you’ll finish the first draft of your novel. Now that’s cool.

April is a 30-Day Finish month. Editing begins May 1 during the 60-Day Edit.

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Now that we’ve reached February 14th and the midpoint of the 90-Day Write, we need a plan for those members who need to get more words on the page.

So let’s do this.

(By the way, all of this is optional. But if you’re behind on words, think of it as something you’re strongly advised to do.)


Choose a 14-Day Stretch.

February 14-28
March 1-14
March 14-28

Write 14 chapters.

Share your progress during the
Monday and Friday Word Count Reports.

Specifics: The length of the chapters is up to you and the demands of the story you are writing. Some chapters will be long. Some short. And don’t worry too much about word count during this “mini” challenge within a challenge. Shift your focus from word count toward chapter completion and making strong gains in your story. If you do this, the words will naturally add up.


Join the Discussion in the Forum.

There’s lots to discuss and we’ll tackle
1 Tip/Topic at a time until we reach 14.

(Click HERE to be whisked away to the forum.)

Round 1 Discussion (Feb 14-28): Writing the Midpoint

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Round 2 Discussion (Mar 1-14): Elements of Craft

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Round 3 Discussion (Mar 14-28): Finishing Strong

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Pencils ready?

Let’s do this thing.

And don’t forget your Monday and Friday Word Counts. Accountability is key. Especially during this last stretch.

Good luck, writers!

– Julie

Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

85K Writing Challenge: Embracing the writing life by advancing the practice of productive writing from the first word to the first reader.

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