How to do NaNoWriMo; write a (good) book in a month

nanowrimoNational November Writing Month is on us again. It’s that time of year when you shake your head and wonder what the hell you’ve done with your writing year when you haven’t got even one of the ideas in your head vaguely finished, before you remember that real life has a habit of sneaking in…

One solution might be to join NaNoWriMo. It’s an event that helps to encourage you to write a book – from scratch – with hundreds of thousands of other people around the world. This way, you might just finish. Your aim is to write 50,000 words. That’s only 1,667 words per day…Continue Reading

The Friday 56 meme; participate and share!

Friday 56I love this idea! Each Friday, grab a book, open it to page 56 or 56% in your reader and find a sentence that you love and post it on your blog. It’s a great way of sharing some wonderful writing and tons of fun! It’s hosted by Freda’s Voice here but thanks to Laura and her blog FUONLYKNEW because that’s where I first read about it. So, what you waiting for? Participate and share!


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When are you reading? 2016 challenge

when-are-you-reading-2016-finalIf you fancy reading more across different time periods, this might be the challenge for you. When Are You Reading? is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words where the year-long goal is to read 12 books set or written in previous eras (e.g. pre 1500, 1500-1599 and so on) to the present day. It’s a great way to discover new writing/authors and also maybe just the impetus we need to get to those books that we’ve been meaning to read for ages. Er, the classics, anyone?

 


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The Book Riot 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Image: BookRiot

Image: BookRiot

If you’re looking for a reading challenge that’s a little more hardcore, this might be it. It’s a pretty tough reading list for the year including audiobooks, historical fiction, dystopian novels, comics and feminist literature. Quite a menu with a goal of 24 books in total. The list and instructions can be found here.

 

Dusting off the shelves

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I love the idea of this year-long challenge. I came to it by way of a post from It’s All About Books, who explains that it’s “all about reading all those poor neglected books that have been on your shelves for too long”.

So, a perfect opportunity to read some of those books that you’ve been meaning to get around to but for some reason, simply haven’t. Sign up to the challenge on the (mostly) YA blog, Books & Cleverness here. It runs throughout 2015.

Bookish bingo challenge 2016

bookish bingo 2016There are lots of versions of “book bingo” for those who want a slightly more demanding reading challenge, and to try something that’s a little bit different. It’s straightforward – just read the type of book in each square to fill up the board (the rules vary) but it’s a brilliant impetus to read outside of our comfort zone and discover new genres and/or authors. I like the look of this one on The Girly Geek which runs throughout 2016.

Goodreads challenge 2016

goodreads 2016The most obvious annual challenge (and probably the most popular): The Goodreads Reading Challenge. Just state the number of books you want to read and follow your progress online. It’s a great way of keeping on top of everything you want to read… or not!

Click on the image to start the challenge.

 


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