Happy New Year! Welcome to the 85K Writing Challenge

We’re so glad you’re here.

Our goal is to write 85,000 words in 90 days every January through March. Our mission is to embrace the writing life throughout the year by advancing the practice of productive writing from first word to first reader.

We spend our year moving methodically through four productivity “cycles” beginning with the 90-Day Write, followed by the 60-Day Edit, the 60-Day Prep, and the 60-Day Publish. Three strategically placed 30-Day Finish cycles give balance and practicality to a busy year.

Writers who follow the 85K Writing Challenge can easily produce a novel every year.

Pencils ready? Let’s do this thing.

Wondering What to Do First?

Take these steps to get started:

Step 1: Learn more about the 85K Writing Challenge and how it got started. Get answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2: Sign up.

Step 3: Announce your intentions.

Step 4: Go to “Dashboard” in the main menu to create a member profile. In addition to offering every member their own homepage on the 85K Writing Challenge, we also offer an internal email system and a searchable member database. Searchable “user tags” are provided within each member profile, so don’t forget to click within each field of your member profile to select your unique user tags.

Step 5: Visit the Forums. Say hello. Join a Genre Tribe. Start a Writing Critique Group. Establish Accountability Partners.

Step 6: After January 1 at 12 noon EST (GMT-5), go to “Project Tracker” in the main menu to sign up for the 2018 WriterStat BookStats™ Project Tracker, generously provided by WriterStat, our corporate sponsor. WriterStat BookStats™ and the 85K Writing Challenge are separate organizations. If you have questions about the Project Tracker please contact colin@writerstat.com.

Step 7: Mark your calendar for the mandatory Monday and Friday Word Count Reports. Reports are given in the members-only Forum on this site. Social media graphics are available should you wish to share your progress on social media using the #85K90 hashtag.

Step 8: Connect with the 85K Writing Challenge community on social media. Like Fb.com/85K90 on Facebook. Follow @85K90 on Twitter. Use #85K90 hashtag.

Step 9: If you wish, become a Content Provider for the 85K Writing Challenge website.

Step 10: Follow etiquette and read our policies and disclosures.

At all times, please be mindful of the topic parameters established by the 85K Writing Challenge: write, edit, prep, publish, and finish. On this website, it is not appropriate to self-promote, spam others, dispute political views, or engage in topics beyond the scope of the 85K Writing Challenge. We are seeking a supportive, efficient, highly focused, writer-centered environment. Here, it’s all about writing, editing, prepping, publishing, and finishing.

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Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

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

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