For Writers on the 85K: You Are Here

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It’s been a busy few weeks on the 85K Writing Challenge.

In addition to our quest to write 85,000 words in 90 days, we’re busy launching our new website, welcoming new members, and learning our way around.

Today’s a Word Count Report Day. Next Monday, we hold our first “85K Every 30 Days” virtual meeting. For the last two weeks, we’ve been working through exercises on “writing process” and held our first virtual field trip on Twitter. Let’s pause a moment to catch up with events happening on the 85K including the extension of today’s deadline for content submissions to the 85K website.

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Today is a Monday Word Count Report Day.

If you’re new to the 85K Writing Challenge, we report word counts every Monday and Friday in our members-only Write Forum. (Membership is free – you simply register for the 85K and that gives you complete access to our site.) On Mondays, we report the total number of words written over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Since today is Monday, January 23, 2017, writers are reporting the total number of words written on Friday, January 20 + Saturday, January 21 + Sunday, January 22. Reports happen in the Forum.

Zero Words Written
If your word count this week is zero, report “zero words written” and don’t sweat it. There’s still plenty of time to write on the 85K. But do report every Monday and Friday. Reporting is an important component of accountability.

If you’ve reached 15,000 or 25,000 words or more in your manuscript, announce your milestone in the “Forum > Write > Milestones.” Also, you can add a “15,000 words written” and/or “25,000 words written” tag to your Member Profile Page. If you’ve reached one or both of these milestones – congratulations!

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Next Monday (January 30) is our first Virtual Meeting.

The “85K Every 30 Days” is a virtual meeting, held every 30 days, designed as a real-time “live” event so that 85K Writers from around the world can check in, report back, set goals, and plan for the coming 30 days of the yearlong 85K Writing Challenge.

Details for next week’s virtual meeting is posted on the 85K90 Facebook Page, in the “85K Every 30 Days” Forum, and on the bottom of our homepage in the “More Ways to Connect” box. Help create the agenda by asking questions, sharing tips, and starting a discussion in the forum area under the appropriate date.

85K Every 30 Days Virtual Meeting Schedule
Mark your calendar by counting calendar days—we meet every 30 days.

DAY 30 Monday, January 30, 2017
DAY 60 Wednesday, March 1, 2017
DAY 90 Friday, March 31, 2017
DAY 120 Sunday, April 30, 2017
DAY 150 Tuesday, May 30, 2017
DAY 180 Thursday, June 29, 2017
DAY 210 Saturday, July 29, 2017
DAY 240 Monday, August 28, 2017
DAY 270 Wednesday, September 27, 2017
DAY 300 Friday, October 27, 2017
DAY 330 Sunday, November 26, 2017
DAY 360 Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Write for the 85K website.

The 85K Writing Challenge is a writer collaborative, designed as a supportive community to write and connect with other writers.

IMAGE: People gathered at a table communicating teamwork.Read “Writing Workshops Make Writing a Little Less Lonely” our first blog post written by 85K Content Contributor, Lauren Kalt. While you’re there, consider leaving a comment in the blog post section. Leave a message for Lauren on her Member Profile Page. She’s a beta reader, copy/line editor, developmental editor, and novelist whose genre categories are listed on her Member Profile Page. While you’re there, see what she’s seeking. Maybe you have what she’s looking for.

Would you like to write for the 85K? Complete details can be found in our main menu under the word “Submissions.” Submitting content requires these two steps:

  1. Join our Content Providers List. Everything you need to know will be emailed within moments of your joining this list.
  2. Content is submitted using the form found in our main menu under the word “Submissions.”

Our editorial calendar and its deadlines are listed below and can be found in the middle or our homepage in the “Call for Content” box.

NOTE: As a new website in the early stages of community building, we’re still seeking members interested in writing content for the website. Therefore, the January 23 deadline noted below for February content has been extended.

85K Writing Challenge
Deadlines for Submissions

Submission Deadline For Articles Published In / About
immediate need JANUARY – Topic: writing
now through Monday, January 23, 2017 FEBRUARY – Topic: writing
now through Monday, February 20, 2017 MARCH – Topic: writing
(APRIL – finish cycle)
now through Monday, April 24, 2017 MAY – Topic: editing
now through Monday, May 22, 2017 JUNE – Topic: editing
(JULY – finish cycle)
now through Monday, July 24, 2017 AUGUST – Topic: prep work
now through Monday, August 21, 2017 SEPTEMBER – Topic: prep work
now through Monday, September 25, 2017 OCTOBER – Topic: publishing
now through Monday, October 23, 2017 NOVEMBER – Topic: publishing
(DECEMBER – finish cycle)
now through Monday, December 18, 2017 JANUARY 2018 – Topic: writing

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Connect with other writers.

There are many ways to connect with other writers on the 85K Writing Challenge.

Here’s two ideas. (Members are encouraged to complete both items.)

      1. SAY HELLO: Members, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to say hello to fellow 85K Writers in our Forum. Go to: “Forum > Write > Daily Open Chat > Introduce Yourself. Say Hello.
      2. GENRE TRIBES: Wish to connect with other writers in your genre? The place for those connections is: “Forum > Genre Tribe.” We have 75 genres listed and know that many writers write in more than one genre, write across genres, and bend genres. You are welcome to join the conversation in as many as genres as you like. Perhaps post a question in your Genre Tribe to help foster communication. Know other writers in your genre? Invite them to the 85K.

Know someone who might enjoy the 85K Writing Challenge?

Please invite them. We’re a new, grassroots effort, building our community from the ground up. Any help you can provide in welcoming others is much appreciated.


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Announce your intentions so others can cheer you on.

Looking for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media headers to announce your challenge? Find them in the main menu, under the word “Media” and the sub-heading “Spread the Word.”


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Two weeks of writing process and implementation exercises wrapped up last week.

The mission of the 85K Writing Challenge is to advance the practice of productive writing from first word to first reader. All writers are encouraged to focus on developing their best practice and method for writing and for developing a daily writing habit. If you haven’t done so already, or if you’re just joining the 85K, read the previous two weeks’ blog posts to gain deeper insight into your strengths and lesser-strengths as it relates to your process, method of writing, and daily writing habits.

Happy Writing!



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

One thought on “For Writers on the 85K: You Are Here

  1. Once again, I’m so impressed by the planning which has gone into this challenge. It’s really reassuring for writers to know, if they follow along with this methodology, and keep checking in here, a fantastic number of polished words will come out of it.

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