The 60 Day Novel
Are you ready to finally write the book you've been planning for years?
The next group start date is January 1st (or you can fly solo and start whenever you're ready.)
Welcome to The Challenge That is Helping Writers of All Skill Levels Turn Their Story Ideas Into a Finished Novel.
(And All In 60 Days!)
My name is Halie Fewkes, and I'll be your host!
I've created a series of daily videos and prompts to guide you through my book writing process, keep you motivated, and give you all the tools you need to successfully draft yours too.
And Bonus! You'll know you're not alone, because I'll be writing along with you, following all my own rules and creating a new piece of fiction while you are.
So How Do We Do It?
The Three BIG PROBLEMS Holding Writers Back...
Most writers run into three main obstacles that keep us from finishing our masterpieces, and if you've been experiencing any of these, just remember that you are not alone, and they CAN be overcome.
Obstacle 1: "I Don't Have Time"
"When time is short, the key is to make every minute count for ten."
While I can’t physically add more time to your day, I can help you to make every single minute count as much as humanly possible. That's why I've included:
*Short Videos - I keep the daily videos short, concise, and to the point so you can spend as much time as possible on your writing. I've packed all my years of writing into a 5-10 minute daily video, which you can listen to on your way to work or even on a quick break.
*Simple Emails - It couldn't be easier to get your daily instructions, because they'll be delivered straight to your inbox each morning with exactly which video to watch, and what you'll need to accomplish for the day.
*Daily Homework Assignments - You’ll never again have to sit in front of a blank page and not know what to do. The daily assignments are made for people on a busy schedule, so that the few minutes you can steal away for your writing are the most productive minutes possible.
Obstacle 2: "I Just Can't Get Myself Motivated"
"Writing a Book Simply Takes a Decision to Start, a Direction to Head, and the Discipline to Finish."
Even though motivation is internally found, I've made sure The 60 Day Novel Writing Challenge provides every bit of support possible to help you finish this book!
*Facebook Group - Having a community of fellow writers to support and encourage you can often make the difference between finishing your draft or allowing your excuses to get in the way.
*Daily Checklist - If you're like me, then having a checklist helps you stay accountable and keep track of progress. Even though the daily tasks are simple (seriously, just watch the videos and do the homework. Two checkmarks per day), having a checklist can help to keep us on track. (Physical checklist is included FOR FREE when you take the physical challenge, not virtually.)
*Winners Pins - This is one of my favorite parts! If you can rally enough tenacity to finish your book in 60 days, you'll receive a one-of-a-kind, metal winner's pin to commemorate your accomplishment - FOR FREE!
You can only get the pin if you finish your book by the end of the challenge. How's that for motivation?
Obstacle 3: "I Don't Know How"
"Overwhelming Goals Can Be Made Attainable When Broken Into Smaller Steps."
The reason a blank page can feel so overwhelming is because it reminds us we have about six thousand story-elements to work out. It can be difficult to figure out where to start, and that's where the challenge can help!
*Workbooks - The 60 Day Novel Writing Challenge Workbook is a guide of the highest quality - like nothing you've seen before. It will help you get the most out of every daily lesson and assignment, and is included FOR FREE when you take the challenge. If you prefer, you can choose to take the challenge virtually. All this means is the workbook will be delivered as a PDF and NOT a physical book.
*Ideas for Your Story - I'm not here to write your book for you, but to help spark more of your own unique ideas. With a heavy dose of thought-invoking inspiration each day, your story will finally be able to thrive.
*Knowledge - No matter how long you've been writing, there will always be more to learn. The 60 Day Novel Writing Challenge will not only help you to finish the book you've been envisioning, but will leave you with lasting skills to improve your storytelling and writing habits for years to come.
Can it Really Be Done?
Absolutely! Take These Examples.
"Kova Killian" took full advantage of last year's 60 Day Novel Writing Challenge, and she already has her book published and in hand!
By showing up every day, watching the 5-10 minute video, and completing each daily homework assignment, she was able to finish her entire novel in sixty days. Then she edited and published within the year!
"I loved the challenge and plan to do it again!"
- Kova Killian
Shanna P Lowe's middle grade fiction "Candy Sky Tells a Lie" released on September 20th, 2022!
I cannot believe how much my story changed because of this challenge--in a good way! I also never thought I'd be excited to scrap 20,000 words to fix a sagging middle, but I am. My story is so much stronger thanks to the videos and Zoom calls. Furthermore, I found an amazing editing team!
- Shanna P. Lowe
Colleen Mitchell used the challenge to finally write her YA Fantasy novel which officially launched in the fall of 2021, and she is active in the challenge community as she writes her sequels.
Being a writer is an identity.
We are what we repeatedly do. If you want to be a writer, you must write.
It doesn't matter how much or what your frequency is, as long as you do write.
So How Does It Work?
The challenge consists of 30 days of planning and then 30 days of writing, broken down into these steps:
Step One: Idea Generation
The first fifteen days of the challenge are each designed to help you brainstorm tons of story ideas. Together, we'll come up with pages and pages of scenes, characters, history, and plot.
Step Two: Getting Organized
Once we create a gigantic list of ideas, it's time to sort them into chronological order and spot the places they may conflict. Some will stay, some will go, and some will have to change drastically - but we WILL put those ideas in order.
Step Three: A Comprehensive Outline
Once all our plot points are in order, it's time to make the real lifeblood of the book - a full outline of every scene, every conflict, every story arc, and every transition between ideas.
Step Four: WRITE!
It's time to go crazy and write every scene we've been planning. Our goal is 50,000 words in 30 days - but we'll break it down so every day has an attainable goal, and I'll help keep you motivated.
Are You Ready To Take The Challenge and Write Your Book?
Once you sign up for the challenge, you'll have the option of:
1) Starting on a quarterly start date. We do this so you can take the challenge amidst a community of fellow writers taking it at the same time. The group start dates are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
2) Starting on a Day of your choosing.
***We recommend purchasing the challenge a few weeks before you plan to begin so you have time to receive your workbook in the mail and get yourself in the right mindset to write a book!