365 Writing Club is a free subgroup of 10 Minute Novelists that challenges writers to write DAILY and it will change your writing life.
Don’t believe me here are just a few of the comments from current members.
“For years, I tried to build a daily writing habit. This group gave me the freedom to let go of perfection and just focus on putting my thoughts out there. My writing practice has real energy and momentum now. I can feel the difference in my skill. I’m like an athlete who has practiced her shots so often that she can depend on herself to deliver them accurately.” -Christine Hennebury
“I can’t believe we only have a matter of weeks left in ’17. I signed up for this club again for 2018, it’s been the best motivation for me. I am proud of what I have accomplished, and even more proud of all of us. 40 million words? How crazy is that?!?” -Adrienne Fraser
Yes, 270 writers have written over 40 Million Words and not because they tried to write 50k in a month like NaNo but because they set small daily goals and reached them. I can’t believe we’re closing in on the end of our THIRD year of 365 Writing Club (formerly 365k Club). If you’ve been around 10 Minute Novelists you’ve probably heard about this challenge where people keep track of their word count all year long and earn badges for meeting their monthly goals or for writing everyday for a solid month (or twelve).
We’ve gone from 80 participants our first year to over 300 this year, and are expecting 500+ in 2018. Will you be one of them?
I don’t know, how does it work?
I’m glad you asked. First, let me explain…
365 Writing Club is…
In short, 365 Writing Club is a group dedicated to helping writers develop the habit of DAILY writing. It doesn’t matter if you spend 10 minutes or 4 hours a day writing. The key is consistency so you can grow as a writer and finish your projects. Our goal is to help you form the habit and develop consistency in a fun, accountable environment.
This challenge is about making writing a priority for at least 10 minutes everyday. That’s about 100 words a day. Even if you don’t work on your manuscript every day, you can write 100 words reflecting on the writing process, setting down your goals for the week ahead, or fleshing out a setting or character (that’s part of the writing process).
We use a Google Sheet with lots of fancy formulas to help you keep track of your daily word count. You put in your daily goal and then enter your daily word counts and the sheet will tell you if you’re hitting your targets and writing at least 100 words a day. We also have columns for editing and critique hours, because we know that is part of the writing process, too.
At the beginning of each month, I award badges for the prior month’s achievements. Every week there are also posts where you can share your goals, your achievements, be encouraged and inspired, and talk with your team when life throws a roadblock in your way.
What 365 Writing Club Isn’t
This is not NaNo. It’s not about writing a crazy number of words in a day. Or even finishing writing a book in a year. It’s about writing consistently. That’s not to say you won’t finish a book. If you only wrote 100 well crafted words/day you could still write a solid 36,500 word novella in a year or over a dozen short stories. 300/day gets you a solid novel. But the goal is to develop the habit of writing, because if you don’t learn to write when life is busy or hard, when your muse has gone on vacation, when you’re tired of your story, then you will never finish a manuscript worthy of a publisher.
This challenge is also not for weekend warriors or seasonal writers. If you are the type whose process is to push out a draft in weekends or a season and then spend long periods of the year focused on editing it, this is not the challenge for you. Writing daily isn’t the only way to be a professional writer, but it is the most common. But we acknowledge, there are authors who are also teachers/professors who write books during their summer break and then spend time editing, publishing, and marketing through the year. This challenge is not for them, but for time-crunched writers who still want to be published authors.
In light of that….
Our theme for 2018 is THE DAILY WRITER. We’re going to break out of the ‘dreaming of being a writer’ mindset and build a professional mindset. We’re going to find time each day and write. It might be on your lunch break or before the kids get up or after they go to bed. It might be dictating on your commute to work. Everyone has at least 10 minutes somewhere in their day to make writing a priority.
We have a Facebook group where my admin team will post daily encouragement and inspiration. We’ll celebrate our million word milestones. There will also be Friday challenges where you can stretch your writing muscles and earn badges beyond our monthly ones. Beyond that, we will have our Hot Off the Press recognition day on Saturdays where you can share what you’ve accomplished each week, whether it is finishing a scene or writing THE END. We also will have teams and weekly check-ins so you can set specific goals and get a kick in the pants when you need it.
How Do I Sign Up?
Registration is open. Here are the steps.
#1 Make sure you are a member of 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group. Only members can participate to protect the safety of our group from spam and malicious intent.
#2 Fill out this FORM and add your name and word count to the spreadsheet linked there. If you cannot open the spreadsheet then you will not be able to open the actual spreadsheet we use to track numbers. So make sure you use a laptop or desktop to access the form.
#3 Registration closes on December 9th. Those who sign up before December 1st can confirm their sign up when the preliminary list posted on 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group that day. The final list will go up December 10th and those members will get an invite at the end of December (usually right after Christmas) to separate Facebook Group for 365 Writing Club 2018.
If you have further questions there are official rules and FAQ in the documents section of the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group. Or you can private message me there (I’m listed under admin if you go to the members’ list).
I hope you will join us in 2018!
Jessica is a prayer warrior who loves to encourage and teach others how to create safe spaces for the hurting and lost. In 2014, she graduated from Western Governor’s University with a B.A. in Educational Studies and published her first book, Surviving the Stillness. She has written for several blogs and online magazines and is an admin and contributor for 10 Minute Novelists. She also created and manages their annual 365 Writing Challenge, which encourages writers to develop the habit of writing daily.