What Can I Write for the Challenge?
Writing that is acceptable for the challenge is writing that you would not ordinarily do, but have challenged yourself to complete during this month. This might include:
- A start to a novel or memoir, or to multiple novels or memoirs
- Poems, short stories, personal narratives that you write this month
- Personal narratives or research written in preparation for a class assignment (if you are an SNL student)
- Drafts of an ILP or Advanced Project (for SNL students)
- Additional prewriting or freewriting for, or drafts of, papers for a class you are taking (Ex: A teacher assigns a ten-page research paper due at the end of the quarter. You begin preparing for a draft now through freewriting, outlining, and annotations).
Writing that is not acceptable for the challenge is writing that is required of you for work or writing that you regularly do. This might include:
- Emails that you write each day; however, should you begin a special email correspondence this month as part of the Month of Writing, this does count.
- Tweets, Facebook messages, and emails that you write regularly; a special tweeting or messaging project or new blog would count.
Sometimes just getting 'pen to paper' can be the biggest challenge! For those in the brainstorming phase, here are a few ideas to get you started.
- What are the first three things that come to mind when thinking of your project?
- What is the book you always wanted to write?
- Pick any object in the room you currently reside, and describe it in detail. Alternatively, start writing a piece from the object's point of view.
- SNL students, have you thought about writing an ILP? View some examples on the SNL Writing Guide here.
- The Writer's Digest releases a weekly writing prompt. You can also search for prompts by topic.