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Every day, you are going to do any research that is needed for the day's writing and your are going to post a blog post of one chapter of your book. By the end of the month, you should have 30 chapters and a completed first draft.

You have from the first of the month until the 30th of the month to complete the first draft of your book. No starting early, unless it is only research and outline you are working on beforehand.

On the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 30th of the month, you will do a quick comment on that day's blog post posted on this blog about that week stating how the week has gone for you and anything you have learned or achieved from the challenge that week. Your comment might be quoted in the Blog Your Book in 30 Days book when it comes out or later in the blog itself and, by commenting, you are giving permission for your quote to be used.

Each day, you are to write one chapter and then copy and paste it into your day's blog post. By the end of the challenge, you should have a final word count. On the 30th, your comment will include your final word count and whether or not you have finished your first draft. Everyone who completes their first draft will be entered into a prize drawing. (The prize is yet to be determined.) Every time you leave a comment on (one comment per post) a blog post, you will earn one more entry into the drawing. Your comments on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 30th will earn you two entries into the drawing, and my favorite comment from each of those five days will earn an extra entry.

This challenge is self-driven and monitored. It is a way to keep yourself accountable as you write.

There are some optional ways of following this challenge for those who plan on having their books published traditionally rather than self-published.

1. Write your one chapter every day, but only post on your blog about the writing, such as how much you wrote, what part of the story you were working on, what was easy about it, what was difficult about it, whether it stayed on plan or strayed from the original plot idea, etc.

2. Write your one chapter every day, but only post a small (one paragraph) excerpt from that day's writing as your blog post for the day.

3. Blog your book as per the original plan, but leave out important chapters, which will only be seen in the finished product. (This is a good idea even for those who plan on self-publishing.)


  1. One question (or two). I guess we should delete that blog post in a few days then? What if we want to shop that novel once it's really, really, really, done? The publisher won't like knowing people have read it for free or maybe those rules don't apply since it's a first draft. I dunno. Just askin'!

  2. Robyn - You can do one of two things: If you plan on going the traditional publishing route, you can either write the post but not post it, or you can delete the posts at the end of the month. (Sometimes, your posts are what will bring a publisher or agent to you, but not always.) If you are going to self-publish, it won't really matter anyway, especially if you keep extra content aside for the finished product. And yes, it also depends on how much it changes from first draft to finished product.

  3. Much appreciated, Becky. :-) I cannot wait!

  4. Robyn, you could also set up your blog with a Coming Soon page or similar so it's published by if anyone goes to your blog, they won't be able to read the post unless they have permission & are logged in.


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