February 17, 2021 admin

So back in 2020, I decided to take Stephen King's advice from 'On Writing' literally. I ended up creating The Stephen King Writing Challenge. Despite underestimating the challenge I created, I managed to finish the blasted thing. And when I did, I realized how much I had gotten out of it. In one week I had become a better writer. I had created several new short stories. I felt healthier and stronger from doing all the yard work and housework I had been putting off. I had become friends with some of the best writers on Twitter. In short, writing...

December 1, 2020 admin

Did you decide to do NaNoWriMo this year? Great! In participating you joined a long line of talented writers who have found fellowship, support, and success in this yearly challenge. But you might not have been as good as you should have been. Maybe life just knocked you for a loop. Maybe you got writer's block and had a hard time getting around it. Maybe you spent an entire weekend watching True Crime YouTube Videos and suddenly found yourself 3,000 words behind. Whatever your issue, NaNoWriMo can quickly turn from a joy to a struggle. And as the days tick...

November 13, 2020 admin

Over the course of the month of October, I participated in my 30 Day Livestream Writing Challenge. There were some ups, some downs, and a lot of small emergencies that came up in the middle of the night with no warning whatsoever. But like every challenge I've done so far - whether it's the Stephen King Writing Challenge or the 5AM Writer's Club Challenge - I learned something from my 30 days in the trenches. Lesson One: Make sure your desk is optimized. In the beginning, all I thought I needed for this challenge was a riser for my laptop...

September 28, 2020 admin

So trying to decide where to host a month-long writing challenge has been... challenging. I kept going back and forth about hosting it on Twitch or Instagram or something else, before I realized that getting my followers' opinions would be far more valuable. So I ran a short poll on Twitter, but ended up coming up as a tie. I ran another poll on my Instagram Stories and got zero responses. Which might have been disheartening, if it wasn't the first Instagram poll I had ever done, and I didn't really understand what I was doing. (I ended up posting...