Introducing Plotober 2019

October is almost here, and that means it’s time for Plotober!
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This year, I have worked with @PahanCafa to develop a writing challenge to go along with Plotober: The Plotober Challenge, to write 31 stories in 31 days.

Short stories are an amazing tool to up your writing game. To fit a story into the limits of a short story forces you to hone in on the core, cutting away extraneous information and (interesting though they may be) irrelevant plot points until only the most important scene(s) remains. (Super helpful for me, since I tend to ramble.) And short stories force your through conflict / resolution cycles quickly, so you’re practicing the main point of plotting with every story. Now multiply that by 31 days and watch the EXP pile up. 😉

I am super excited that it’s almost time for the Plotober Challenge to begin! And if you love to write, it would make my day if you’d check out the challenge and see if it’s something that you’d like to do too. 🙂

Plotober Challenge

Calling novelists, storytellers, and writers of every kind!

Do you want to improve your storytelling craft?

Are you preparing for NaNoWriMo?

Are you looking for a fun challenge that will motivate you to build a positive writing habit?

This October, join Plotober to write 31 short stories in 31 days.

It’s simple! Just:

  • Grab a notebook and pen or your favorite writing program. (Coffee is optional.)
  • Write one story every day during October. (Use our official prompts or follow your own muse – whatever lights you up.)
  • Share it on your website or social media with the hashtags #Plotober and #Plotober2019. (Or share it with your cat. That’s cool too!)

Build your skills with every story

The microcosm of a short story forces you to rapidly develop a plot and resolution, honing your storytelling skills with every session. Each day you sit and write, you strengthen your creative muscles…

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