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Blog Exercises: Push Your Writing Forward

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Blogging is about writing.

Let’s not forget that. And now is the time to test your writing skills.

The Tomorrow Project by The Society for Science and the Public is promoting contest for a science fiction story about the kind of future you want to live in when the future comes to call. They are accepting original stories, essays, comics, or video and the deadline is fast approaching on November 14, 2013.

What else is out there to test your writing skills and talents?

Poets & Writers features an updated list of contests, grands, and awards. There are poetry, essay, and manuscript competitions with cash prizes and publishing awards.

WritersDigest.com also features book and poetry competitions. Most are closed for the year, but they will start up again in January, with the potential for publishing contracts and cash awards.

NewPages Classifieds offers another list of writing contests and book contests. The Huffington Post releases writing contest news irregularly, but they often suggest large competitions and articles on how to enter such competitions.

Other similar resources include:

If you have a favorite resource I’ve not listed, let me know and I’ll add to the list.

National Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo - poster.Want to challenge yourself even more? On October 31 at midnight, the National Novel Writing Month commences throughout November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. There are local meetups, social events, and prizes planned around the world to help writers meet their 50K goal. Almost 200,000 international writers are participating this year, and you could be one. I’m going to give it my best.

I’m not the only one here on WordPress.com taking the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. The WordPress.com News blog is encouraging bloggers to participate along with some tips. There is even a NaNoWriMo tag to follow in your Blog Reader on WordPress.com to track all the bloggers participating (and using that tag).

As you may notice, today’s blog exercise is about self-competition as well as competition in general. It’s time for you to put your blogging skills to the test and seek out some competition.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to go through the list above or search for your own specialist niche list of contests for writing, comic, video, audio, or graphics, and throw your hat into the ring.

The goals of this exercise are not just for you to feel a sense of spirited competition, and hopefully win some credits and prizes, it is to push you out of your comfort zone.

Writing and publishing for yourself should be a habit now after ten months or longer of these blogging exercises and blogging in general. You’ve gotten comfortable. It’s time to take that comfort and shove it out the door.

Contests and projects like NaNoWriMo challenge us. They challenge our complacency but they also serve to enforce discipline and good habits.

When you get comfortable with your blogging, you tend to get lazy, doing the same thing over and over, the things that work, the familiar. It’s time to push yourself a little and competition is a great place to start.

I’m doing the 50,000 word month-long competition this year to get my writing discipline back in force. I’ve become complacent about my writing. I want to push my skills to their limits. I want to see what I can do when faced with such a challenge.

Will you join me?

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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2 Comments

  1. shawn gossman
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great post! I myself love writing challenges! As a blogger, I love to write. As a writer, I love to push the limits. A good writing challenge isn’t about who is better than who, its about having fun and pushing your writing limits. :)

  2. Sarah
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Thrift Books on Twitter is doing an event for NaNoWriMo to encourage everyone to work together on a story, and to boost creativity. Here’s an example of a storyline that’s already going. Might be a fun way to practice writing and beat writers block, since this way you already have a story to work with.


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