Writing challenges in April

Looking for a writing challenge? There are two available during the month of April. The first is called the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Now in its 8th year, the challenge is designed to get participants blogging on a daily basis and help increase traffic to their websites.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

The rules are simple: blog each day during the month of April (except Sundays!), using one letter of the alphabet at a time for your posts, until you've completed one update for each letter from A to Z. Participants can opt to choose their own themes, to help guide their writing, or go theme-free. For example, this year I'll be posting about the World's Coolest Jobs from A to Z.

In addition, I've decided to host some local Blog-Ins to help local writers learn more about the challenge. If you're interested in joining me at one of these events, I've made a list of the times/dates and spaces where we'll be meeting. Bring your laptop (or pen and paper) and join us!

To learn more about the challenge, and find fellow participants' blogs, be sure to check out the official website at www.a-to-zchallenge.com.

Camp NaNoWriMo

The second challenge is one you may already be familiar with from Novembers past: Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a choose-your-own-adventure take on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where participants can set their own target word count for the month, as well as choose to write books that are not necessarily novels (nonfiction, for instance). You can also choose to join "cabins" of fellow writers, so you'll have a group to help encourage you whenever you check in on the website. Winners receive camp badges to add to their blogs, along with bonuses like 20% off the price of Scrivener's novel-writing software and other goodies.

Not ready to commit to a new writing project this April? There's also a second round of Camp offered in July.

To learn more about Camp NaNoWriMo, check out their website at campnanowrimo.org.

For those that like a good writing challenge, these are two great ways to raise your word counts during the month of April. Happy writing!

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