Paving My Author's Road

What Is the 85K90D Challenge and Why You Should Take Part?


Okay, I’ve been mulling over some things now that NaNoWriMo is over. One of which is whether I should sign up to take the 85K90D challenge.

What is the 85K90D challenge?

Well it’s the same as NaNoWriMo. But instead of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, you’re writing 85,000 words in 90 days. That’s a lot of words to write but you have three times the time frame to write it in.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’ve been inspired to write four romance shorts, as part of a collection. I’d like to submit to Carina Press’ new ongoing Dirty Bits submission call in 2018. And even if none the shorts gets accepted, I’d still like to submit them elsewhere. Estimated word count for each is around 20,000-25,000 words. Which makes the probable total word count anywhere between 80,000-100,000 words.

So it fits the bill for the writing challenge. Yet I’m still on the fence. Why?

It could be the daunting word count, despite the fact it’s spread out over three months. Actually four because April is a catch up month in case you didn’t make goal in ninety days. Or am I afraid the writing challenge gods will smite me again. And I’ll suffer the same techware affliction I went through during NaNoWrimo.

Hhmmm, what is the hold up?

Well, I did a little more research about it to help get over that indecision bump.

As of yet, the forums aren’t as in depth and as social as the NaNoWriMo forums but I’ll see if that changes in the next 23 days.

So far, I’ve signed up and set up my profile. I’m using the same profile name and picture on NaNoWriMo. Still after all that, I’m leaning towards 70-30 in participating. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ever heard or participated in the 85K90D challenge? Will you be participating next year? What writing project would you be working on? Made definitive writing life plans for 2018 yet?